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D. Arlene Karr, the daughter of Nellie M. (Werner) and W. Vaughn Lockhart, was born January 9, 1929 at Bladen, Nebraska. She departed this life on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Heritage Care Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 2 days.
Arlene received her formal education attending the Bladen schools and graduated with the class of 1946. She was united in marriage with Dever A. “Chub” Karr on March 28, 1948 at Bladen. This union was blessed a son, Jim and a daughter, Meleah. Arlene was a lifelong member of the Bladen United Methodist Church and was confirmed in 1944. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women, the church choir, she taught Sunday School Preschool, the Webster County Extension Club, the Golden Rod Club, she was a former 4-H Leader and in her younger years worked for Floyd Lockhart in the Malt Shop. She was also employed for a time as the switchboard operator in Bladen.
Arlene treasured their years on the farm and was an accomplished seamstress. Her personality was pervaded by a gentle and kind demeanor. Her greatest love and enthusiasm in life was for her family and she especially looked forward to the time they spent together. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Chub, on February 20, 2020; twin sister, Maxine Copley, and brothers, Wendell and Lloyd Lockhart.
Left to treasure her memory are her children: Jim and Janet Karr of Bladen, Nebraska; Meleah and Geoff Armes of Bladen, Nebraska; five grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; a sister, Velma Stratton of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were Tuesday, 10:30 am, March 17, 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Bladen with the Rev. Dan Albers officiating. Interment was at the East Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established by the family for later designation.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
You were the type of person that we all strive to be. The definition of beauty, both outside and in and a heart so full of kindness, love and compassion, which was so clear to see.
Through your lifetime of enduring challenges and pain, you persevered and fought each obstacle with grace and dignity. Never once can we recall a time that we heard you spoke a negative word or complain.
We will forever cherish all that you taught us, and the precious time spent. We admire so many things about you, including how you were selfless, faithful and strong no matter the event.
Your talents were many and the whole county knew; that if they needed a seamstress, their go-to person was you.
When your grandchildren and great-grandchildren would walk in the room, your whole face would light up with love. We always knew where we stood in your heart and now, you’re watching down on us all from above.
The angels met their match as heaven so openly welcomes you in. We will miss you so much but know you are at peace at last, with so many loved ones surrounding you once again.
We understand why grandpa called you home. As he stood at the gates of heaven and refused to come in, stubbornly telling God “She’s my sweetheart and we’ll soon be celebrating 72 years, I won’t come in alone”.
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