Oct. 15, 1915 - July 7, 2006
BENKELMAN -- Bula I. Adkinson, 90, died Friday (July 7, 2006) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
She was born Oct. 15, 1915, to William and Grace (Moreland) Nicholson, on their farm in Furnas County near Beaver City. She graduated from Beaver City High School in 1933 and began her teaching career in Furnas County. She moved to Dundy County in 1935 and lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Winnie and Francis Adkinson.
On May 3, 1936, she married Henry J. Adkinson at her parent's Beaver City home in the same house where she was born. They then made their home north of Benkelman where the Adkinson brothers had an existing farming and ranching operation.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kearney State College in 1972. During her life, she served Dundy County as a teacher in several rural districts and in Benkelman public schools. She retired from teaching in 1979 after 25 years of teaching.
She served as Worthy Matron for the Order of Eastern Star -- Holly Chapter No. 233.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Grace Nicholson; her husband, Henry Adkinson in 1970; daughter, Emily Rae; siblings, Winnie Adkinson, Irvin Nicholson, Herman Nicholson, Clarence Nicholson, Helen Greene, Emily Nicholson, Floyd Nicholson; son-in-law, Donald Floro; and grandson, Timothy Benway.
Survivors include her children, Wilma Floro of Sidney, Wilda Benway and husband, Larry of Edwards, Colo., Boyd Adkinson and wife, Shirley of Benkelman, and Bea Hatch and husband, Dwight of Omaha; a sister, Lola Alsbury of Imperial; sister-in-law, Vada Nicholson of North Platte; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m. (MDT) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with Rev. Jeff Thurman officiating. Interment will follow services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
The family will be present to receive friends during visitation today from 3- 6 p.m. at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman.
In lieu of usual remembrances, it is suggested that memorials be given in her name to the Benkelman Library.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of arrangements.