CULBERTSON, Nebraska -- Hilda Rose (Thiringer) Morthole died Monday (Dec. 24, 2012), at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, Nebraska.
She was born in Herndon, Kansas, and was the daughter of the late John W. and Theresa (Grafel) Thiringer. She grew up in Herndon and graduated from Herndon High School in 1935. She then moved to Wichita, Kansas, and was employed at CIT Financial, and went on to school and became a beautician.
She met Harley Morthole and they were married Nov. 26, 1948, and resided on the Morthole family farm, west of Culbertson, Nebraska. They had one son, Riley.
In 1984, they moved to Culbertson.
Hilda was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 70 years; the Trinity United Methodist Church; United Methodist Women; and the Culbertson Women's Club. She later joined the Red Hatters. She taught Sunday School for many years and was very active in the church. She sold World Book Encyclopedias and traveled to several local schools. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Theresa Thiringer; sisters, Helen Thiringer, Mildred Cox and Elsie McFee; and brothers, Elmer Thiringer and Kenneth Thiringer.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Harley; son Riley and wife, Karen Morthole; granddaughter, Angie Godtel and husband, Shane, of Hickman, Nebraska; grandson, Ryan and his wife, Kira Morthole of Culbertson; great-grandchildren Jakob and Aaron Godtel and Rhiannon Morthole; and her sister-in-law, Polly Thiringer of Wray, Colorado.
The memorial service is at 10:30 a.m., Friday, at Herrmann-Jones Funeral Home in McCook with Pastor John Lewis officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Trinity United Methodist Church.
Herrmann-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.