Cleo Mae (Macy) Childers, 81, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) at Community Hospital of McCook after a lengthy battle with emphysema.
Cleo was born April 24, 1921, on a farm in Nebraska near Cedar Bluffs, Kan., to Ezra Carl and Bessie Bell (Austin) Macy.
On Dec. 26, 1954, she married Rayburn Glenn Childers.
She graduated from Haigler High School in 1938 and later from Kearney State College. She taught school for many years, first in a rural one-room school, and later in other towns in Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas. Cleo was recognized for her work as a social worker in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota. She was an accomplished and dedicated employee and enjoyed her working years.
She loved family "get-togethers" and poetry. Cleo was always active and involved in the lives of her children and their families. She shared many hobbies with her husband, including photography, crafts, gardening, and outdoor activities.
Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ella Ruth Gallagher, and an infant sister, Bess Ann, who died at birth.
Survivors include her husband, Rayburn Glenn Childers of McCook, three children, Daniel Leonard Childers and family, of Sebring, Fla., David Lawrence Childers and family of Lawrence, Kan., Cleo Ray Childers and family of Vancouver, Wash.; her sisters Virginia Clifton of McCook, Francis Marian Mosher of Scottsbluff; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday (March 3, 2003) at 10:30 a.m., at Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 5 p.m, Saturday 9 a.m -noon, and Sunday 2-8 p.m.
Memorials may be given in her memory to the Memorial United Methodist Church in McCook.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.