Ocea Iliff in 1992
Ocea Iliff, at age 106, says she is "just an old lady" who's "seen a lot of things."
Ocea Iliff and Edith Coan reminisced on Ocea's birthday. Ocea enjoys having visitors and talking about the past as well as the present.
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
(October 24, 1892 - October 28, 1999)
The Lusk Herald
March 24, 1999
Ocea Viola Iliff
Mass of Christian Burial for Ocea Viola Iliff was celebrated on Wednesday at St. Leo's Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Shea officiating. Interment was at the Lusk Cemetery. A Christian Wake Service was held on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ocea died Oct. 28, 1999 at Niobrara County Nursing Home.
She was born in Indiana on Oct. 24, 1892, the daughter of John and Suzanne Iliff.
She moved to Wall Creek near Kaycee with her parents and two brothers in the early 1900's, where they ranched.
She remembered the notorious people from the Hole in the Wall with fondness in a March 1999 interview published in the Lusk Herald. She said although they were thieves, they gave her family money for food when there was none.
She lived in Lusk for more than 90 years.
She and her brother, Dave Iliff, owned and operated a motel in Lusk for many years.
She was married once for a brief time and had no children.
In recent years she enjoyed reading and playing bingo with other nursing home residents.
She was an amazing woman with a strong belief in God. She said her mother taught her family to pray every day, go to church and honor God
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, David Iliff and Ancell Iliff, and a younger sister, Pauline June Straight.
Survivors include a nephew, Glenn Eugene Berry in San Diego; a niece, Zora June Dean in Mountain Home, Ark., and several nieces and nephews.
Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home of Lusk was in charge of arrangements.
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