CAMBRIDGE, Nebraska -- Rachel L. Burke, 101, died at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Thursday (July 22, 2010).
Rachel was born north of Wilsonville on the family farm on Feb. 28, 1909, to Charles and Mary (Van Cleave) Meyers. Her mother died when she was 13; Rachel moved to Hastings to live with the Gregory family. She graduated from Hastings High School in 1926. Rachel went to school in Greeley, Colorado and received her certificate to teach normal school. She moved to Wyoming, where she taught for several years.
On March 15, 1930, she was united in marriage to Charles Burke in Gering, Nebraska. The couple made their home 17 miles north of Cambridge on a farm.
She was an 85-year-member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Cambridge. She was an active member in the UMW and the Martha Circle. She served on many committees throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles in 1980; four children, Robert, Rodney, Charles and Audrey Peden; eight siblings, Bryan, Dale, Glen, Robert, Hazel, Irene, Lela, Goldie and infant, Della.
Rachel is survived by her daughter, Nancy and husband, Dwaine Aden of Gothenburg; son, Larry and his wife, Joan Burke of Elwood; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; three daughters-in-law, Reta Burke of Cambridge; Joyce Boyer of Smith Center, Kansas, and Gloria Burke of North Platte; and son-in-law, Ed Peden.
Funeral services will be Monday, 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Cambridge. Pastor Sherry Sklenar will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Cambridge.
Memorials may be left in her name to either Trinity United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Fund.
Friends may leave condolences online at lockenour.com.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements