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Evelyn Harkness, 87 - September 29, 2011


Evelyn N. Harkness, 87, of Gothenburg passed away at her home on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.
A registrar book signing will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Gothenburg.
Harkness was born Sept. 4, 1924, at Crawford. She graduated from Crawford High School and took a job with relatives in Gothenburg.
While at Gothenburg, she met and married Harold Harkness on Jan. 26, 1943, before he left for the war.
She was employed at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver while her husband was serving in Europe.
Upon her husband’s return from war, the couple took over the family farm in Gothenburg until 1982 when they moved into town.
Harkness started her career later in life, attending LPN courses in North Platte and graduating from the North Platte Community College. She was then employed at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital and worked for several years before retiring.
She was a 50-year member of the Presbyterian Church and participated in many church clubs and activities.
?Harkness was an avid reader and spent a great deal of time at the Gothenburg Library. When she was in her 70s she mastered the computer and kept in touch with family and friends over the Internet.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Boone and Rose Hardman; 10 brothers and sisters; her husband, Harold in 2003; a daughter, Cheryl in 2009.
Survivors include: her daughter, Debra (Virgil) Houseman of Hooper; two granddaughters—Lisa of Omaha and Linsey of Fremont; son-in-law, Fred Little of Lincoln; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church, the Gothenburg, Library and to the family for a memorial tree to be planted at Lake Helen.

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