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Darlene Brittenham, 77 - May 06, 2009


Darlene Jean Brittenham, 77, of Jeffrey Lake died at her home south of Brady on Saturday, May 2, 2009.
A visitation was held Wednesday, May 6, from 1-8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg with family present from 6-8 p.m.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg with the Rev. Matthew Groenke and Lonna Grabenstein, PMA, officiating. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Brittenham was born March 14, 1932, to Reuben and Eva (Callaham) Johnson at a farm near Ingham. The family moved to various farms in the Brady-Moorefield area and in Idaho while she was growing up.
She graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis and worked as a bank teller in Cozad.
On Sept. 16, 1951, she was united in marriage to Wayne Brittenham at Maxwell. To this union, three children were born.
Following many years in the United States Air Force, the family settled in Lexington where she worked as a bank teller and bookkeeper while raising her family.
After her children were raised, Brittenham and her husband built a home on the shore of Jeffrey Lake where she enjoyed raising flowers, square dancing and genealogy, and was passionate about her quilting, according to family members.
?Brittenham was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies of Brady and the American Lutheran Church.
?She was preceded in death by: her parents, Reuben and Eva; her husband, Wayne; a sister, Lorene.
?Survivors include: her daughter, Linda Blake of Nampa, ID; her sons—Larry (Margaret) Brittenham of Superior, and Rod (Debra) Brittenham of Springfield, VA; two sisters—Shirley (Eldon) Brittenham of Moorefield, and Lavawn (Charlie) Rowson of Fulton, MO; sister-in-law, Maxine Brittenham of North Platte; five grandsons—Michael Blake, Patrick Blake, TJ Blake, Andrew Brittenham and James Brittenham; six granddaughters—Katie Cluff, Hannah Blake, Kristen Brittenham, Bethany Brittenham, Sarah Brittenham and Rachel Brittenham; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Brady Volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians and the Brady City Library.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blase strauser.com.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.

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