Gertrude F. Church

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mrs. Gertrude F. Church, 96, of Blytheville, formerly of Lincoln, Neb., passed from this life Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville.

Born in Maquon , Ill., to Charles Daniel and Elizabeth Melton Grabill, she was retired from Elgin Watch factory and Bryan Memorial Hospital and was a member of Havelock Methodist Church in Lincoln.

Mrs. Church was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and was an avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Ralph Bucy and Ted Church; and an aunt who raised her, Chloie Smith.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Thompson of Blytheville;

A niece, Arlene Golightly of Galesburg, Ill.;

Two grandchildren, Tami Robbins-Rigus and husband, Bob, and Ross Thompson and wife, Libby;

Four great grandchildren, Nick Robbins, William Thompson and wife, Tiffany, Kristy Wallace and husband, Chris, and Nathan Robbins; and

Two great great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb. Local arrangements are by Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville. An online register may be signed at