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Marlene Ann Holthus

November 10, 1937 — July 25, 2016

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Marlene Ann Holthus departed this life on Monday, July 25, 2016 at her home in Culbertson, NE with her daughters by her side.  She was 78 years old.

Born to parents Edgar J. and Edna (Gilchrist) Huffaker on November 10, 1937 in Oxford, NE., Marlene was one of six siblings growing up in Alliance, NE.  Marlene attended school at St. Agnes Academy, in Alliance, graduating with the class of 1955.

Marlene married the love of her life, Paul Holthus, Sr., on January 19, 1957 in Rapid City, SD.  Making their home in the Culbertson community since 1966, the couple was blessed with seven children.  Marlene was active in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, McCook, NE, where she was a member.

Marlene worked as a Ward Clerk for Community Hospital in McCook for 35 years before her retirement.  In 1995, she was the “Caring Kind” recipient and received special recognition at the annual Nebraska Association of Hospital and Health Systems convention in Lincoln, NE.  Marlene’s nomination stated that she was “pleasant, friendly and cheerful …. bending over backward to help when needed”. Those words were true of Marlene up until her passing.

In her free time, Marlene enjoyed gardening, knitting, crochet and embroidery.

Preceding Marlene in death was her husband, Paul Holthus, Sr.; parents, Edgar and Edna Huffaker; two daughters, Laurie Ann Holthus and Pamela Kay Torrez; and granddaughter, Cheyanne Walton.

Survivors include her two sons, Paul Holthus, Jr. and wife, Tonya, of Sidney, MT and Brad Holthus and wife, Arlinda, of LaPointe, UT; three daughters, Valerie Holthus of Culbertson, Annette and husband, Shaun Walton, of Tecumseh, NE and Jolena and husband, Dan Hyde, of Davenport, WA; two brothers, Ed Huffaker and Chuck Huffaker and wife, Laura, all of Arizona; three sisters, Barb and husband, Ted Ryan, of Arizona, Rita and husband, Sandy Craven, of Georgia and Teresa Huffaker of Arizona; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.


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