Edith Gloy - June 12, 2014
Edith Margaret (Pankonin) Gloy was born to Emil William and Mattie Emily (Nigh) Pankonin on the family farm north of Grant, Neb., on April 22, 1913, the fourth of eight children. She passed away peacefully on the morning of June 3, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the home of her grandson and his wife, Luke and Susan Skelton, where she had been living for the past two years. She had reached the age of 101.
Edith was baptized as an infant at Trinity Lutheran Church and was confirmed into the Lutheran faith as a young adult. Trinity Lutheran, located between Grant and Ogallala, was just a few miles northwest of their family farmstead.
Edith attended the country elementary school and graduated from Grant High School. On Sept. 6, 1938, she was united in marriage to Reinhold LaVern Gloy at Trinity Lutheran, a union of 69 years.
To this union four children, Julana Jean, Trudy LaVonne, Naomi Ann and Ronald Emil, were born.
In 1944, Edith and Reinhold followed their desire to ranch and purchased a ranch along the Stinking Water Creek 15 miles north of Wauneta. They settled into the Blanche community where they raised their family. Over the years, the ranch grew to 1,800 acres along with 120 acres of farm ground. They were among the first ranchers to introduce the Black Angus cattle breed to the area and they also finished cattle for themselves and others.
She and Reinhold continued to live on the ranch until 1972 when they purchased a home on Old Highway 6, six miles northwest of Wauneta. In 1976 they sold their cattle herd and machinery and lived a slower life but continued to garden and keep up their large grass yard. Edith moved to Imperial Parkview/Heights in 2008 where she lived prior to her move to Arizona in 2012.
Edith was involved in numerous activities during her life.
Her parents instilled in her a strong Christian foundation, a foundation that was passed on to her children that led to involvement in the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta. She and Reinhold were instrumental in founding the Redeemer Lutheran Church. Edith held many board positions in the Redeemer Ladies Aid and assisted with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. The church was an important and rewarding aspect of her life.
During World War II, she was a “Canteen Girl” helping with the Canteen at North Platte, Neb. The women would gather at the railway station with prepared foods and snacks for the soldiers as they passed through Nebraska on the trains.
They started the Blanche Community 4-H Club and worked with 4-H kids for many years. Edith was the sewing leader and also helped the youths learn about bugs and birds. She made sure that everyone who wanted to go had a ride to 4-H Camp.
She drove the first Wauneta school bus route after the Blanche school merged with Wauneta, transporting children to school with her own vehicle. The school later purchased a school bus which she drove for 21 years.
Weekly square dances were held in the haymow of the Gloy barn for many years. They enjoyed square dancing and included the children and parents from surrounding communities.
Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Reinhold in 2008; her oldest daughter, Julana, in 1958 at the age of 15; son, Ronald, in 2006; son-in-law, Jerry Skelton, in 2011; grandson, Troy Skelton, in April 2014; brothers Paul, Everett, Floyd and Eddie Pankonin; sisters Marie Gibney, Gertrude Mosel and Laura Uehling.
Surviving children include daughter, Trudy Skelton of Surprise, Ariz.; daughter and son-in-law, Naomi and Jim Brown of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.; and daughter-in-law, Pam Brown of North Platte, Neb.
Surviving grandchildren include Luke Skelton and wife Susan of Scottsdale, Ariz., Troy’s widow Evelyn Skelton of Wauneta, Neb., Todd Skelton and wife Kim of Litchfield, Ariz., Monty Skelton and wife Wendy of Glendale, Ariz., Melissa and husband Robert Ard of Temecula, Calif., Ben Brown and wife Tori of Livermore, Colo., Gretchen and husband John Nowak of North Platte, Neb., and Rachel and husband Brian Ervin of Ogallala, Neb.
Great-grandchildren include Colby and Emma Skelton, Macayla, Kinsley and Lacie Skelton, Gage, Caleb and Brenna Skelton, Isabella and Max Ard, Alessandra, Abigail and Lillian Brown, Landen and Bentley Nowak and Marlee and Alexandra Ervin.
Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends in Wauneta and surrounding communities and many from the Scottsdale Seventh Day Advent community.
A memorial service will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., at a later date. Inurnment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta, Neb.
Memorials can be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Wauneta or a memorial of your choice.