Helen “Claire” Kinnan, 94, of Cozad, passed away Mar. 18 at the Elwood Care Center. Helen was born Oct. 9, 1918, northeast of Cozad to Charles and Vernie (Harrington) Knauss.
Claire grew up east of Cozad, where her family farmed and attended the Buffalo Grove Church. She graduated from Cozad High School in 1935 as the valedictorian and president of her class.
On Oct. 9, 1936, Claire married Ivan “Tiny” Kinnan at Cozad. The couple made their home south of town where they farmed briefly, eventually moving to a farm site east of Cozad where her four children were born.
Following the death of her husband in 1986, she remained on the farm where she managed the business along with her son, Larry.
In July, 2007, she moved to Meadowlark Pointe where she enjoyed loving and caring assistance, and made numerous good friends.
In July, 2012, her health required a move to the Elwood Care Center, where she continued to receive excellent care.
Claire''s hobbies included gardening, raising chickens, sewing, canning and playing cards, especially bridge. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Cozad. She was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, and having involvement with the Missionary Society, King''s Daughters and the Priscilla Club. She was also a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years.
Survivors include her children, Peggy Pardee of Lakewood, Colo., son, Larry (Vicki) Kinnan of Lincoln, Joan (Roger) Rupp of Johnson Lake and Kathy Muirhead of Omaha; 13 grandchildren, Denice Pardee, Darrin Pardee, Rhonda Hammond, Janna Shanno, Karma Halbgewachs, Canda Montgomery, Bart Swanson, Chad Swanson, Kurt Swanson, Nicki Finan, Kim Erickson, Lori Melhorn and Michelle Hall; 21 great grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Claire was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Harold and Elwood; a sister, Marie; and a son in law, Keith Pardee.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 21 at the Church of Christ on Newell with Pastor Mike Dennis officiating. A private family burial will be held in the Cozad Cemetery prior to service time. Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.