In Memoriam

Mary Lucille (Allen) Welsh Farmer, 91, a descendant of Pilgrim William White who joined the Nebraska Society in 1988, died May 29 in Broken Bow. Funeral services were held June 2 at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Glen Emert officiating. Burial was in the Custer Center Cemetery west of Broken Bow. Memorials may given to the United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Mary Lucille, the third and youngest daughter of Edna (Mills) and Andrew Allen, was born Jan. 30, 1917 on the family farm north Westerville. She and her twin brother, Frank, grew up and attended school District 104. She graduated from Westerville High School in 1935 and attended Kearney State Teachers College. She then taught for seven years in Blaine and Custer County.

On May 25, 1944, Lucille was married to Starling Welsh, and after his death in 1945, she resumed her teaching career. On Jan. 30, 1948, she was married to James Farmer, and they lived their entire married life in the Rose Valley Community until 1992 when they moved into Broken Bow. Three children were born to this union; James Jr., Elaine (Doug) Calkins, and Dwight. Lucille was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 75 years, the church circle, D.A.R. and the Senator and Dutchman Valley Extension clubs. Lucille was also a member of the Mayflower Society of which she was very proud. Lucille was proud of her family history and enjoyed studying family genealogy.

Survivors include two sons James Farmer Jr. of Red Cloud and Dwight Farmer of Kearney; one daughter Elaine (Doug) Calkins of Cumberland, Iowa; grandchildren, Jamie (Mandi) Calkins of Corning, Iowa, and Andrea (Corey) Yearington of Clarinda, Iowa; five great-grandchildren Spencer, Logan, and Dalton Calkins, Hunter and McKenna Yearington. Other survivors include a sister Hazel Hollenbeck of Riverton, Wyo., two brothers Clarence Allen of Kearney, and Frank Allen of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a grandson Marc Calkins, and a sister Margaret Collier.

from the Custer County Chief.