Patricia Ruth Null was born on May 8, 1943 in Morristown, New Jersey and at age five was adopted by Ruth (Barnes) Franklin. She graduated high school in 1960 and attended beauty school in Brush, Colorado sometime thereafter.
Pat was married two previous times before marrying Stan Null in Sterling, Colorado in 1968. She had a total of six children from those combined marriages along with three step-children.
Stan and Pat settled in Nebraska in 1978. Pat had various jobs which included nursing, cooking at the Lamar Café, and head cook at District 66 School and the senior center in Holyoke, Colorado. She was also the postmaster and mayor in Lamar, Nebraska for several years.
Stan and Pat were members of the Imperial Eagles Club and both enjoyed volunteering their time. Pat also volunteered her time to the Share program that she ran and introduced to the area. In addition to her time spent volunteering, her other passions included cooking and crafts and spending her time following her grandkids in their sports and rodeos.
Patricia Null passed away Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland. She was 75 years of age.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ruth Franklin; her husband Stanley; sister Thelma Gehrig; brothers Orville and Leo Cummins; and grandson Dustin Dizmang.
Survivors include daughters Stannette (Wayne) Spickelmier of Faith, South Dakota, Tracy Hackney of Culbertson, Tabitha (Dan) Borgman of Pine Bluffs, Wyoming, Ruth Dizmang of Imperial, Dianne (Bill) Strecker of Crook, Colorado, Vickie Carter and Sherri Robinson of Texas; sons Chuck Dilka of Denver, Colorado and Anthony Dilka of Imperial; grandchildren Miles and Ty Spickelmier, Ashley Gartzke, Kaylee Hackney, Caige Hackney, Bauner and Ally Jo Borgman, Desiree Loeffler, Austin Dilka, Cody Dilka, Hannah Dilka, William Strecker, Patrick Strecker, James, Paul and Victoria Carter, Christal, Kleeda and Glen Robinson; four great-grandchildren with one on the way; sister Phyllis Purvis of Saint Augustine, Flordia; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dean and Doris Null of Strout, Oklahoma
Funeral services for Patricia Null were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 20, at the Crossroads Wesleyan Church of Imperial, with Francis Baker officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
No viewing or visitation; Patricia’s wishes were for the casket to remain closed.
A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.