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Rachel Markussen, 90 - March 12, 2012


Rachel May Markussen, 90, of Brady passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
Memorial services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Brady United Methodist Church with the Rev. Janie Freeman officiating. Inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. MT, at the Ogallala City Cemetery at Ogallala.
A memorial book signing will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at the Carpenter Memorial Chapel in North Platte, which is in charge of arrangements.
Markussen was born July 17, 1921, to William and Johanna Brockmoller at Clearwater. She and her family moved to Big Springs where her father farmed and pulled windmills.
She worked on the family farm milking and slaughtering cows at a young age. After the eighth grade, she started working as a house keeper and cook for many of the ranchers and hay crews in the area. She met her future husband, Clifford Markussen, when he was working on one of the hay crews.
On May 17, 1940, she was united in marriage to Clifford Markussen at Keystone.
Her husband worked on numerous ranches in the area while she continued as a housekeeper for the ranchers. She later worked cleaning the Chieftain Motel in Ogallala.
In 1960, the family moved to Brady to the “96” Ranch, later moving to town, where she began working at the Brady Public Schools.
?Markussen was famous for her cinnamon rolls, as people came to events just to eat them, according to family members.
?She was preceded in death by: her parents, William and Johanna; her husband, Clifford; a son, Pete; a daughter, Shirley; brother, Don Brockmoller; sister, Merna.
Survivors include: her three children—Rex Markussen of Brady, Judy (Bob) Friesenborg of Gothenburg, and Roxie (Allan) Lenox of Gillette, WY; seven grandchildren—Karma (Kevin) Willbanks of Craig, CO, Kris Hammon of Pennsylvania, Kulli Markussen of Greeley, CO, Travis (Colleen) Conroy of Fountain, CO, Justin (Kelly) Conroy of Colorado Springs, CO, Zac Lenox of Kihei, Maui, and Jess Lenox of Gillette; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters—Melpha Barnica, Bonnie Dixon and Wilma Blake, all of Julesburg, CO; nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Brady United Methodist Church and the Brady Rescue Unit.