Arapahoe, Nebraska

Margaret Ann Whipple, age 88, of Arapahoe, Nebraska died on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center, in Arapahoe, Nebraska. She was born on July 8, 1923 at Lynch, Nebraska to Thomas & Bessie (Hight) Welfl.

She grew up south of Burke, South Dakota and attended school at KLUG country school. On September 30, 1940 she married Karl Whipple at Butte, Nebraska. They moved to Anselmo, Nebraska to farm and ranch with other family members. They would also live at Bassett, Lexington, Merna, Sumner, & Callaway, Nebraska. In 1951 they moved to Brady, Nebraska, where Margaret would work as an operator for the local telephone company. She would also work for the grocery store as bookkeeper for a few years. In 1972, they opened Karl’s Conoco Grocery Store in Brady, which they owned and operated until 1984. She would then cook at the Hitch’n Post. In 2003, they moved to Gothenburg, Nebraska. Her husband Karl passed away in 2005. She would move to Arapahoe, Nebraska in 2007 and later move into the C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center because of health problems. 

She was a member of the Brady Lion’s Club, Brady United Methodist Church, and then the United Methodist Church in Gothenburg, Nebraska. She received the Aksarben Good Neighbor Award in 1980.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Karl, brother Eddie Welfl, sister Helen Meiers, great-grandson Garrett Bailey.
She is survived by her son Thomas E. & wife Jeanne Whipple of Arapahoe
                             Daughters: Janice M. & husband Marvin Dewey of North Platte, Nebraska
                                                Marlene K. & husband Ed Myers of Brady, Nebraska
    Grandchildren: 8               Great-Grandchildren: 16               Great-Great Grandchildren: 1
Sister: Alice Kortmeyer of California

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Viewing & visitation will be Friday, March 9, 2012 from 10:30 AM till 8 PM at Wenburg Funeral Home, in Arapahoe, Nebraska and prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Brady United Methodist Church, in Brady, Nebraska with Pastor Jamie Freeman, officiating. Interment will be at the Gaslin Cemetery, at Brady, Nebraska. Memorials are suggested to the Brady Lion’s Club, C.A. Mues Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe, or donor’s choice. Wenburg Funeral Home of Arapahoe, Nebraska is in charge of the arrangements.