Nora B. (Crossgrove) LaBounty
The funeral of Nora B. LaBounty, 98, was held April 19 in the First Methodist Church in Farnam. Mrs. LaBounty died April 16, 1984 at Mt. Carmel Home in Kearney.
Rev. Karl Lent officiated at the funeral. Music was by Pansy Piersol, Evelyn Gronewold and Donna Hazen. Internment was in the Farnam Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Harold Bick, Leon Kotschwar, Bill McNickle, Lawrence Oberg, Gerald Thompson and Orvale Widick.
Nora B. Crossgrove, daughter of Everett W. and Louise A. Crossgrove, was born Nov. 29, 1885 at Farnam. She was the first child born of a pioneer family in the Farnam settlement. She resided with her parents, three brothers, Merle, Maurice and Lynn and two sisters, Mary and Jennie on a homestead northwest of Farnam, for many years in a sod house.
After attending rural schools she graduated from Farnam High School in 1903. She resided in Westfield, N.Y. for a few years, returning to Farnam in 1916. There she worked in the post office and also in the grocery store known as "The Best Place."
Her marriage to Albert LaBounty took place in 1922 and they owned and operated the LaBounty Hardware store in Farnam. She was a member of the Methodist Church and a charter member of the North Aid Society, also W.C.T.U. and the Home Extension Club. After Mr. LaBounty’s death in 1960 she resided in Farnam until 1971 when she moved to Kearney and had since resided in nursing homes.
Survivors include a stepson, Marion LaBounty of Omaha and stepdaughter, Ethel Ealy of North Platte, seven nieces and nephews and several step-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, parents, brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Owen Messersmith, a stepson, Allen and stepdaughters, Virgie Logan and Ina Slonecker.
Relatives attending the services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Lou Mommato of Derby, KS, Larry Messersmith of New Ulm, TX, Louis Mommato Jr. of Wichita, KS, Barbara Parker of Omaha, Marion LaBounty and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Logan of Omaha, Louise Noble and Cynthia Schmidt of Kearney, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Messersmith and Allan of North Platte, also many relatives and friends from the Farnam, Gothenburg and Moorefield communities.
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