BENKELMAN -- Elizabeth Belle (Eddingfield) Speck, 92, died Sunday (July 20, 2003) at Hospice of St. John in Lakewood, Colo., of lymphoma cancer.
She was born April 29, 1911, to Howard Ellis and Elinor Elizabeth (Law) Eddingfield near Brady. She grew up in Brady and graduated from Brady High School in 1928. After graduation, she taught school for seven years in the rural school districts of Lincoln County.
On Dec. 21, 1935, she married Eugene Speck of Ingham. The couple made their home in the area of Ingham and Moorefield. In 1942, the family moved to Holdrege and in 1949, the family moved to Benkelman. In 1963, she became employed with Dundy County Hospital until her retirement in 1976. In November 2002, she moved to Kenneth C. Stout Assisted Living at the Hester Memorial Home in Benkelman.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Gene in 1963.
Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Haack and husband, Marland Ray of Mead, Wash., and Marilyn Dobrowski and husband, Ray of Littleton, Colo.; one son, Miles Speck of Thornton, Colo., two step-sisters, Bette Conroy and husband, Paul of Oconto and Gwendolyn Pitney and husband, Kenneth of Bonita, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Meredith Speck of Raymond, Ore.; and three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services are Saturday, 10 a.m., at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. Norman Prather officiating. Interment will be at Benkelman Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, 1-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial may be given to Nebraska Boys Ranch of Alliance, the United Methodist Women, Kenneth C. Stout Assisted Living home, both of Benkelman, or Hospice of St. John, 1320 Everett Court, Lakewood, CO 80215.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.