She was born March 1, 1916, at Covington, Okla., the sixth of 12 children born to William H. and Dorothea C. Jordening Bartels. She attended the country school in that area and grew up there.
In 1942 she moved with her family to Beatrice, Neb. In 1952 she moved to Wichita, where she was employed by the Safeway Stores for more than 18 years.
On Oct. 17, 1970 she married Cecil R. “Pat” Thurman and moved to his farm southwest of Erie. Thurman preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 1997. After his death she returned to Beatrice to make her home.
She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beatrice and of the First Christian Church of Erie while living in the Erie area.
Survivors include two stepchildren, Thomas W. Thurman and his wife, Darlene, Iola, Sandra Kay Asbill and her husband, Pat, Manilla, Utah; stepgrandchildren Nicholas Harrison and wife, Cindi, John Harrison and wife, Betty, Shane Harrison and wife, Karen, Anson Frye and wife, Amy, Frank Frye and wife, Jamie, Jason Thurmanm Laynie Wrabek and husband, Andrew, Michael Asbill and wife, Carrie, Jeremy Asbill and wife, Jana; many stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; sisters Ada Nolte, Dewitt, Neb., Mildreth Jordening, Blue Hill, Neb.; and brother, Eldo Bartels, Daykin, Neb.
She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Linda Gail Butler, a step-granddaughter, Edie Moses, five sisters, Lula Bartels, Leona Helling, Lorine Swarthout, Evelyn Dougherty, Berniece Wyssman and three brothers, Reinhold Bartels, Clarence Bartels and Derold Bartels.
Funeral will be 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Hope Cemetery at Galesburg. The family will receive friends at the Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Memorials are suggested to either the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beatrice or the First Christian Church of Erie. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 182, Erie, Kansas 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com