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Arlene Elizabeth (Rath) Hanthorn
Jun. 10, 1922 - Apr. 11, 2019
Sutton resident Arlene E. Hanthorn, 96, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Henderson Community Hospital in Henderson, NE.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Stockham Community Church in Stockham, NE with Pastor Paul Nauman officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the Sutton Cemetery in Sutton, NE. Visitation will be Monday, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, NE.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Sutton Community Home Building Fund for new construction.
Arlene Elizabeth Rath was born June 10, 1922, on a farm in Fillmore County, Nebraska. She was third of the seven children of Adolphine (Griess) and Henry Rath. On October 8, 1943, she married Lindell Hanthorn of rural Nuckolls County. They lived briefly in California until Lindell retired from the U.S. Navy, then moved to Missouri, then to Lincoln Nebraska, finally settling on a small farm along the Big Blue River near Lushton. They raised corn and wheat and milo and alfalfa, dairy and beef cattle, hogs, chickens, and four daughters and one son.
Arlene attended the country school near her parents’ farm through eighth grade, then went to Sutton High School where she studied normal training to prepare for teaching her own country school right after graduation. She taught country schools in Fillmore and York counties, then moved to “town school” (Sutton Elementary School) for twenty years. She accumulated summertime and night class hours toward Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Nebraska.
Arlene’s life was filled with abundance and joy:
The thread of religion through her life began with her baptism and confirmation at Hope Reformed Church in Sutton. From early prayers in German and attending church with her parents, through taking her own family to church, through reading her Bible every day, she was a happy and confident child of God.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sisters Marion Rasmussen, Helen Smith and Iris Schmahl, and her brothers Robert and Thomas Rath.
She is survived by her sister, Virginia (Dale) Richards of Geneva, NE; sister-in-law, Leona Rath of Sutton, NE; children, Nancy Packard of Lincoln; Janine (Daryl) Downing of Joliet, Il; Kathryn (Merle) Schloff of Salisbury, VT; Mary (Bruce) Jensen of Ogallala; Lee (Melissa) Hanthorn of rural York County, and seventeen grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren.
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