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Funeral Home Hitchcock Funera

212 Grand Avenue
Burwell, NE 68823
(308) 346-4551
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Mississippi doll collector buried dolls as a child in play funerals - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

South and architecture.”Bear tracks and buried dollsNitta Yuma means “bear track” or “trail of the bear” in the Choctaw language.It was settled in 1768, with an original population of 25. In 1805, Burwell Vick purchased the land with jewels from the Choctaws.The land eventually became a plantation owned by Vick’s son, W.H. Vick, who developed what's called the 100 cotton seed in 1843, a seed that that helped planters maximize pounds of cotton per acre and was eventually sold commercially.BILLY WATKINS: Tale of the kid who couldn't throwIn 1901, when the nearly 6,000 acres was divided among the four children, Henry Phelps became owner of the family homestead. It’s now in the hands of his grandchildren and a great-grandchild.And while some of the buildings still need to be renovated, others are ready for viewing.Among them: The general store/doll house and its thousands of occupants.The dolls were owned by Dorothy Cole Phelps, mother of Henry III and Carolyn May.“Her father and uncle owned a funeral home,” May explains. “She and her friends used to act like they were having funerals. They would bury dolls and say a prayer over them.“Later on in life, the memory of burying those dolls bothered her. She started collecting them when she was 35. She died in 2011 when she was 99. What you see here are the dolls she collected over the course of 60 years.”They sit side by side on rows of shelves. Others stare out of glass cases that were part of the store. Many look the same. But then there is the Planter’s Peanut Man, smiling at you like an old friend. There, too, are Bozo, Popeye, the Jolly Green Giant and Howdy Doody.One glass counter holds only Barbies. This is the Delta, after all, and society status matters.“Whenever people come in here, they’ll say, ‘Oh, I had a doll just like that one,’ and point,” Phelps says. “It really hits home with women of all ages.”Sprinkled among the dolls are musical instruments: A miniature piano. A snare drum. An accordion. A French horn, trumpet and trombone. A rusty harpsichord.I ask Phelps if he is sure the dolls don’t talk and play music when darkness comes and humans are...

'You are not forgotten,' says friend about man whose remains have gone unclaimed - The Olympian

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thurston County.“Hey, Blair, you aren’t forgotten. Look at all these people!” said Hilts to the audience, who shared a few warm thoughts about Blair Burwell, one of the five who were honored.Sunday’s gathering was the Interfaith All Souls Day Service, which was organized by the multifaith group, Interfaith Works, as well as Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, and hosted by Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater. The CIELO Project, a bilingual Latino center in Olympia, created a “dia de los muertos,” or day of the dead-themed altar.Interfaith Works board member Erin Gray read aloud the names of the five people. Those in the audience were asked to reply with, “We grant you peace and light.” After that, a candle was placed by their name on the colorful altar.Remembered on Sunday:? Virginia M. Belden, 76, died in Yelm on June 23, 2006. Her remains came to the coroner’s office this year. Belden was born in Montana, but nothing else is known about her, according to program information.? Paul Petersen, 55, died at Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia on Sept. 24, 2007. His place of birth, mother, father and next of kin are unknown, according to the program.? Robert G. Visser, 66, died at Providence St. Peter Hospital on ...

John E. Weasner - Tiffin Advertiser Tribune

Monday, August 22, 2016

John E. Weasner, 75, of Wylie, Texas, passed away Aug. 17, 2016.He was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Towson, Maryland, to John D. and Margurite (Walter) Weasner. He married Helen Jolene Burwell Aug. 25, 2001, in Plano, Texas, and they shared 14 wonderful years.John retired from IBM in 1996, after 30 years of dedicated service.John was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf, but his best times were spent with family and friends.He is survived by his wife, Jolene Weasner of Wylie, Texas; daughters, Michele (Joe) Weasner Landin of Holland, and Laura Weasner Cooper of Austin, Texas; stepchildren, Melissa (David) Alpar of San Antonio, Texas, and Buddy (April) Langer of Haltom City, Texas; brother, Joe (Evelyn) Weasner of Leesburg, Florida; grandchildren,: Joey and Jacob Landin, Erica and Stephen Cooper, Eva, Daphne, Bridgette, Genevieve, Meredith, Lorelei, Phoebe, Charlie, Violet and Klara Alpar, Kelsey and Lily Langer; and great-grandchildren, Harley and Luke Arieno.John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cheryl Marie Weasner; and brother, James Weasner.Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rowlett, Texas...

Meeks, Mildred - Omaha World-Herald

Monday, August 22, 2016

Meeks, Mildred Age 98 - Aug 8, 2016 Of Burwell, NE formerly of Taylor, NE. Survived by son Warren (wife, Johnnie) Meeks, Burwell; 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren. VISITATION 5-7pm Tuesday; FUNERAL SERVICES 11am Wednesday, all at the United Methodist Church, Burwell. Burial in the Taylor Cemetery, Taylor. Memorials to the Calvary Methodist Church, Taylor or the Taylor Library. Govier Brothers Mortuary Broken Bow, NE 308-872-2424 www.govierbrothers.com...

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Mississippi doll collector buried dolls as a child in play funerals - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

South and architecture.”Bear tracks and buried dollsNitta Yuma means “bear track” or “trail of the bear” in the Choctaw language.It was settled in 1768, with an original population of 25. In 1805, Burwell Vick purchased the land with jewels from the Choctaws.The land eventually became a plantation owned by Vick’s son, W.H. Vick, who developed what's called the 100 cotton seed in 1843, a seed that that helped planters maximize pounds of cotton per acre and was eventually sold commercially.BILLY WATKINS: Tale of the kid who couldn't throwIn 1901, when the nearly 6,000 acres was divided among the four children, Henry Phelps became owner of the family homestead. It’s now in the hands of his grandchildren and a great-grandchild.And while some of the buildings still need to be renovated, others are ready for viewing.Among them: The general store/doll house and its thousands of occupants.The dolls were owned by Dorothy Cole Phelps, mother of Henry III and Carolyn May.“Her father and uncle owned a funeral home,” May explains. “She and her friends used to act like they were having funerals. They would bury dolls and say a prayer over them.“Later on in life, the memory of burying those dolls bothered her. She started collecting them when she was 35. She died in 2011 when she was 99. What you see here are the dolls she collected over the course of 60 years.”They sit side by side on rows of shelves. Others stare out of glass cases that were part of the store. Many look the same. But then there is the Planter’s Peanut Man, smiling at you like an old friend. There, too, are Bozo, Popeye, the Jolly Green Giant and Howdy Doody.One glass counter holds only Barbies. This is the Delta, after all, and society status matters.“Whenever people come in here, they’ll say, ‘Oh, I had a doll just like that one,’ and point,” Phelps says. “It really hits home with women of all ages.”Sprinkled among the dolls are musical instruments: A miniature piano. A snare drum. An accordion. A French horn, trumpet and trombone. A rusty harpsichord.I ask Phelps if he is sure the dolls don’t talk and play music when darkness comes and humans are...

'You are not forgotten,' says friend about man whose remains have gone unclaimed - The Olympian

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thurston County.“Hey, Blair, you aren’t forgotten. Look at all these people!” said Hilts to the audience, who shared a few warm thoughts about Blair Burwell, one of the five who were honored.Sunday’s gathering was the Interfaith All Souls Day Service, which was organized by the multifaith group, Interfaith Works, as well as Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock, and hosted by Mills and Mills Funeral Home in Tumwater. The CIELO Project, a bilingual Latino center in Olympia, created a “dia de los muertos,” or day of the dead-themed altar.Interfaith Works board member Erin Gray read aloud the names of the five people. Those in the audience were asked to reply with, “We grant you peace and light.” After that, a candle was placed by their name on the colorful altar.Remembered on Sunday:? Virginia M. Belden, 76, died in Yelm on June 23, 2006. Her remains came to the coroner’s office this year. Belden was born in Montana, but nothing else is known about her, according to program information.? Paul Petersen, 55, died at Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia on Sept. 24, 2007. His place of birth, mother, father and next of kin are unknown, according to the program.? Robert G. Visser, 66, died at Providence St. Peter Hospital on ...

John E. Weasner - Tiffin Advertiser Tribune

Monday, August 22, 2016

John E. Weasner, 75, of Wylie, Texas, passed away Aug. 17, 2016.He was born Nov. 19, 1940, in Towson, Maryland, to John D. and Margurite (Walter) Weasner. He married Helen Jolene Burwell Aug. 25, 2001, in Plano, Texas, and they shared 14 wonderful years.John retired from IBM in 1996, after 30 years of dedicated service.John was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf, but his best times were spent with family and friends.He is survived by his wife, Jolene Weasner of Wylie, Texas; daughters, Michele (Joe) Weasner Landin of Holland, and Laura Weasner Cooper of Austin, Texas; stepchildren, Melissa (David) Alpar of San Antonio, Texas, and Buddy (April) Langer of Haltom City, Texas; brother, Joe (Evelyn) Weasner of Leesburg, Florida; grandchildren,: Joey and Jacob Landin, Erica and Stephen Cooper, Eva, Daphne, Bridgette, Genevieve, Meredith, Lorelei, Phoebe, Charlie, Violet and Klara Alpar, Kelsey and Lily Langer; and great-grandchildren, Harley and Luke Arieno.John was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cheryl Marie Weasner; and brother, James Weasner.Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rowlett, Texas...

Meeks, Mildred - Omaha World-Herald

Monday, August 22, 2016

Meeks, Mildred Age 98 - Aug 8, 2016 Of Burwell, NE formerly of Taylor, NE. Survived by son Warren (wife, Johnnie) Meeks, Burwell; 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren. VISITATION 5-7pm Tuesday; FUNERAL SERVICES 11am Wednesday, all at the United Methodist Church, Burwell. Burial in the Taylor Cemetery, Taylor. Memorials to the Calvary Methodist Church, Taylor or the Taylor Library. Govier Brothers Mortuary Broken Bow, NE 308-872-2424 www.govierbrothers.com...