Lucile Opal Masten age 98 of Yankton, SD and formerly of Crofton, NE died on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at the Arbor Care Center in Hartington.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton, SD with the Rev. Errin Mulberry officiating. Burial will be at the Greenwood cemetery in Wayne, Nebraska. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 14th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church in Yankton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Tramp, Chris Tramp, Alex Macphearson, Adam Naber, Brent Masten, and Nick Masten. Honorary pallbearers will be Lucile’s grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lucile Opal was born on May 19, 1925 in Dakota City, Nebraska to Floyd Michael and Grace Julia (Shadbolt) Keene. Lucile attended country school in Winnebago, NE, walking two miles to school. She then attended the 7th grade in Walthill, NE prior to graduating from Walthill High School in 1943. She worked at the Triple A Government office in Walhill, then worked in Sioux City, Iowa for a Wind Charger Factory for eight months. Lucile married Francis Everett Masten on July 5, 1947 in Ogallala, NE. Francis’s work as a teacher and superintendent brought them to Gandy, NE then Walthill, NE, and finally North Bend, NE over a span of 28 years. Lucile worked at the North Bend Central school cafeteria and helped at the nursing home. She and Francis retired to Crofton, Nebraska in 1984. Francis died on December 6, 2002 at the age of 79 years.
Lucile spent over 30 years going to the Bibleville Retirement Village in Alamo, Texas. She would spend three months there in the winter thru the end of March. She sang in the choir and always enjoyed the pot-luck suppers. She was a member of the Good Sam camping club and was an artist. She painted many oil paintings, cards, and other master pieces. Lucile enjoyed her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, camping, and travelling. Getting together with friends was always cherished by Lucile.
Lucile is survived by her three children and spouses Barry (Marchelle) Masten of Lincoln, Rhonda (Chuck) Tramp of Wynot, Jana (Paul) Buresh of Keansburg, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Grace Keene; husband Francis; six year old sister Esther Mae Keene, and a brother Larry (Dorothy) Keene.