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Loraine McCartney - March 28, 2013


Loraine Avis Phillips was born on Feb. 27, 1921, in McCook, Neb., the daughter of Charles Reeder and Arvilla R. (Koebel) Phillips.
She was educated and graduated high school in Sterling, Colo. She attended one year at McCook Junior College, studying bookkeeping and accounting.
She was first employed by Montgomery Ward as a trainer for office staffing Front Range towns of Colorado. She then moved with her parents to Bridgeport, Neb., where she was employed at Bridgeport Equipment Company. There she met her husband, Urlin G. McCartney, whom she married in a double ceremony along with her brother, Wayne, and his wife, Doris Imogene, on May 16, 1946.
The McCartneys set up a household in Bridgeport, raising two children, Robert and Nancy. In 1962 the family moved to Six Lakes, and later, Alma, Mich., where Urlin worked at a Lockwood Grader dealership. In 1963 the family returned to Scottsbluff, Neb., when Urlin returned to the home office in Gering, Neb.
In 1965, the family moved to Garden City, Kan., where Urlin worked for Farmhand Corp. In 1978, they moved to Benkelman, Neb., where Urlin managed an International Harvester dealership in Imperial, Neb. At this time Loraine returned to work after many years working in the home.
Loraine was active for many years in the American Baptist church, until moving to Benkelman, when they became affiliated with the Methodist church.
She was active in the Order of Eastern Star from 1947 through the remainder of her life, twice serving as Worthy Matron. She was a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. In Benkelman she served as president of the Women’s Club, where she assisted in raising funds to buy computers and hire a librarian.
In 2003 she moved to Colorado, where her husband was placed in a nursing home. After his death on June 8, 2004, she resided at Sunny Acres Retirement Center, where she was active on the resident council and Community Foundation Board. She remained there until her son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Bonnie, relocated to North Dakota. She moved into Hancock Place in Grafton, where she lived until the time of her death.
Loraine McCartney passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Grand Forks, N. D. She was 92 years of age.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son-in-law, Bruce Francis; brothers, Eldon and Wayne, and sister, Joan Brauer.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Robert (Bonnie) McCartney of Saint Thomas, N.D., and daughter, Dr. Nancy Frances of North Potomac, Md.; grandchildren, Dr. John (Ingrid) McCartney of Boulder, Colo., Dr. Annmarie McCartney of Portland, Ore., Elizabeth McCartney of Houston, Texas, James McCartney and Suzanne McCartney, both of Denver, Colo.; an uncle, George Thomas of San Gabriel, Calif.; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Funeral Services for Loraine were held at 11:00 a.m. MT, Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the United Methodist Church of Benkelman, Neb., with Pastor Sheila Taylor officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. MT at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb.
Visitation was held on April 6 at the funeral home in Benkelman.
A memorial has been established in Loraine’s memory.
Forch Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.