Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
December 1, 2006
Mrs. Reckling Dies Enroute to Denver Hospital
It is assumed that the year of death is 1959, from a hand-written note in the Thon Book.
Mrs. Daisy Jean Reckling, 55, resident of Lusk since 1931, died Thursday afternoon. Her death was due to Kidney failure following surgery for cancer. Her son, Dr. Walter E. Reckling Jr. flew with her to Denver to place her on the artificial kidney at Colorado General Hospital but she died enroute.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Peet Chapel and, at her request , her body was shipped to West Salem, Ill., for burial. Rev. Jacob Nein, pastor of the First Congregational Church presided over simple services. Mrs. Gerald Bardo, organist provided the music.
She was the daughter of Jessie W. and Caldona Browder, born September 24, 1903 at Hazel Valley, Ark, one of ten children. The family moved soon thereafter to Oklahoma for a brief period and then to Colorado in 1915 where they homesteaded at Great Divide near Craig. She graduated from Craig High School in 1923 and entered nurses training in Mercy Hospital in Denver where she graduated in 1926.
Shortly after marrying Dr. Walter E. Reckling , Sr. November 18, 1926, the couple moved to Lenora, Kan. Their daughter was born there. In 1931 they came to Lusk where their two sons were born. In her younger years Mrs. Reckling became a member of the Baptist Church. In Lusk her activities outside the home included working on Red Cross drives, an activity in which she was involved at the time of her illness. At other periods she served as school nurse, secretary of the Lusk Woman's Club, and in the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a woman of much artistic ability, and her art in needle-point won many awards at the Niobrara County and State Fairs.
Surviving are her three children, Dr. Walter E. Reckling, Jr., Denver; Mrs William Bales, Cheyenne; Frederick W. Reckling, who graduates in medicine this spring from Rochester School of Medicine and Dentristry ; and two grandchildren, Jamie Jean and Nancy Jill Bales.
Also surviving are her mother of Denver; four brothers, John and Marvin Browder, Denver; and Walter and Oran Browder of Pueblo, Colo.; four sisters, Mrs. Tom Pembridge, and Mrs. J. M. Wright , Denver, Mrs. N. M. Hunt of Louisville, Ky.; and Kitty Reckling of Lusk. She and Dr. Reckling were divorced in 1956. Her father died in 1956 and another brother in 1942.
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