Obituary Details

Kathleen Jo Golden

(12/05/1923 - 01/28/1949)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 02/10/1949

Two Relatives of Hugh Golden Die Past Week

Death struck twice in the family of Hugh Golden of Lusk during the last week of January.

A brother, Victor A. Golden of Crawford, Nebr. died at the Marsh Hotel in that city January 25 after several days illness.

Mrs. Harry Golden, 25, wife of a nephew of Crawford, Nebr., passed away Friday, January 28, in the Municipal Hospital of Chadron. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Woodruff of Harrison, Nebr., and had given birth prematurely to a son on Jan. 27. Mother and baby were buried at Crawford Feb. 3 and as she had served in the Waves during the war, she was accorded military honors at the grave.

Funeral services for Victor A. Golden were conducted from the Houston Funeral Home of Crawford on Jan. 29.

Hugh Golden attended both services.

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Information from the Harrison Museum Files

The sudden death of Mrs. Harry Golden of Crawford came as a severe shock to her parents and many friends here.

Mrs. Golden gave birth to a stillborn son early Friday morning. Complications followed the birth of the infant and little hope was held for the mother's life. Everything possible was administered by the doctors, but to no avail. She died that evening at seven o'clock.

Funeral services were conducted for the mother and son, Thomas Chester, at the Crawford Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. L. W. Bratt, pastor of the church offered prayer and read several passages of scripture. Rev. Bratt baptized Mrs. Golden when he was pastor of the Harrison Methodist church.

Rev. E. C. Newland, pastor of the Congregational church of Crawford in charge of the services, spoke most consoling words to the bereaved. He called attention to the high esteem in which the deceased was held, evidenced by the embankment of floral tributes, manifesting their love for her.

Burial was in the Golden lot at the Crawford cemetery with military services.


Kathleen Jo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Woodruff, was born December 5, 1923 on the ranch north of Harrison, Nebraska. She died January 28, 1949 at the Municipal hospital, Chadron, Nebraska.

She received her education in the Harrison grade school and the Sioux county high school, graduating with the class of 1941. She was salutatorian of her class. At the end of the junior year in high school, she accepted a position in the county agent's office in Harrison, which position she held until September, 1942. This position was with the farm security administration at Mitchell, Oshkosh and Chadron.

While at Chadron, Kathleen enlisted in the Waves and served her country for nineteen months. She held the rank of Yoeman second class when she received her discharge. Reaching home in June, 1946, she remained in the home of her parents caring for her mother, who had fallen and suffered a broken hip.

(...) with the soil conservation at Chadron. Here she met Harry Golden and they were married October 5, 1947 at Crawford, Nebraska in the Congregational church by Rev. E. C. Newland. The young couple made their home at the Chet Golden ranch, 8 miles northwest of Crawford, where he was in partnership with his father in the ranching business.

Kathleen was possessed of a sweet and endearing personality. With these attributes and an apptitude for singing and giving readings, she was called often to give of her talents. And from the time she was a small girl was always willing to help, doing so with a smile.

At the time of her death she was a member of the Congregational Church of Crawford, Nebraska, having transferred her membership from the Harrison Methodist church after her marriage. She was also affiliated with the Rebekah lodge in Harrison.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband; her parents of Harrison; two brothers, Ben Woodruff of Butte, Nebraska and James Woodruff of Kennewick, Washington; one sister, Mrs. Gilbert Norman of Oelrich, S. D.; five nephews and three nieces; four aunts; two uncles and a number of cousins and other relatives.

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