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Mary Ann Mintle, 78 - September 24, 2017

Mary Ann Mintle, 78, passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Services were conducted on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. (CT) at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Thedford. Interment was at the Hillcrest Cemetery.
Mintle was born June 25, 1939, at Mullen during a blizzard to Claude Alfred Florea and Mary Elizabeth (Adkins) Florea.
She grew up on a ranch south of Thedford and graduated from Thomas County High School on May 15, 1957, the last graduating class to receive a teaching certificate.
After graduation, she taught school at Woodlake, northeast of Thedford, and at a rural school near Chambers.
She attended Kearney State Teachers College, after which she worked in Lincoln for an insurance company, as well as at the Capitol. She was offered the “Champagne Lady” position for the Lawrence Welk Show, but turned it down to marry her husband, Jim.
In June of 1961, she married Rev. James “Jim” Lewis Mintle and began her life in a ministry that lasted nearly 45 years. To this union, seven children were born.
She and her husband enjoyed ministering at many churches including Cedar Creek, O’Neil, Mullen, Taline Union, Elsmere, Brewster and Thedford. In the spring of 1970, the couple settled at their ranch near Thedford.
One of the highlights of her life was singing together as a family, as she took great pride in teaching her children to sing and blend together as a group, according to family members.
Mintle also held various jobs to help support their large family including selling Avon, working in a school cafeteria and running the Cactus Cafe restaurant.
She was known as jovial and loved making people happy, always having a smile ready for others, stated family.
Mintle also loved her position as a rural mail carrier west and south of Thedford, and north and south of Seneca, enjoying the families on her route and had looked forward to delivering “special packages” to their children, especially during holidays, the family said.
?She was preceded in death by: her parents, Claude and Mary Florea; brothers—Donald Eugene and George Alfred Florea; two sisters—Naomi Della Florea and Cornelia Jean (Florea) Shears; her husband, Rev. James Lewis Mintle; mother-in-law and father-in-law, George and Velma Mintle; a brother-in-law, Gary Mintle; nieces and nephews.
Survivors include: her sisters—Sylvia Rose (Florea) Miles of O’Neil, Hazel Colleen (Florea) Smith of Geneva and Laura Belle (Florea) Ramirez of Loveland, CO; her children—Mary of Kearney, Rose (Jerry) Mull of Brady, Joanna (Matthew) Montgomery of Clarkston, MI, James (Shari) Mintle of North Platte, Sylvia Mintel, Velma (Allen) Ewoldt and George (Trina) Mintle, all of Thedford; 18 grandchildren—Cody Allen Hackney, Jerry Logan Mull, Kyle Lewis Mull, Courtney Marie (Drew) Feeney, Angela Kay (Larry) Blackstone, Jason Lee (Kelly) Mull, Giavanna Isabella Montgomery, Allissandria Sophia Montgomery, Jerilyn Christine Montgomery, Jesse Wayne Montgomery, Natilee Rose Mintle, Mavrick James Mintle, Danya Marie Mintle, Caitlin Elizabeth Mintle, Connor Michael Burns, Frank Chandler Burns, Derek James Mintle and Brenton Duane Mintle; six great-grandchildren—April Mull, Rileigh Mull, Dillon Mull, Larry Dwayne, Jr. Blackstone, Beau Alexander Blackstone and Adeline Amber Feeney; her dear friend, Robert Burns; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to: Mary Ann Mintle Memorial Fund, c/o 38912 Hwy. 2, Thedford, NE 69166.