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Ildie  Mae  Blixt
     Ildie Mae Blixt, 99, of Chapman, Kans., passed away Friday, October 5 at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman. She was born April 9, 1913 at Cumroe, Neb. to Hoasell and Inoz Trew Wheeler.
     Ildie attended Hall Grade School, and helped care for the family after their mother died. She was married to Manfrod Blixt on March 30, 1937 in Broken Bow. They lived their lives in the sandhills, on Tallin Table, and in around Arnold. They moved into Arnold in 1957, and she was preceded in death by her husband Manfred in June of 1986.
     Ildie was very active in the First Baptist Church, played in the Happy Rhythm Band, was Queen of the Arnold Festival Parade, member of the American Legion Auxillary having three sons who served in Vietnam, participated in the Senior Citizen Center and lead the Bible Study for many years. She was presented a certificate by the governor of Nebraska for her work with the Nebraska Community Improvement Program. She moved to Chapman in 2005 to be near her family.
     She is survived by seven children: Larry Blixt and wife Judy of Chapman, LeRoy Blixt and Tina of Chapman, Lyle Blixt and wife Janie of Chapman, Lennie Blixt and wife Carole of Chapman, Leon Blixt and wife Elaine of Belton, Mo., Lila Kitch and husband Sherman of Amarillo, Tex., and Lydia Blixt of Emporia, Kans, fifteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Hattie Johnson of Sutherland and Iva Nichols of Valley Springs, Ark.
     She was proceeded in death by her husband Manfred, a granddaughter Georgi Annie Blixt, a grandson Kyle Blixt, four brothers and one sister.
     Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Arnold Wednesday, October 10 at 11 a.m. Pastor Irving Jennings officiated. Burial was at the Arnold Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church in Arnold or Chapman Valley Manor. Memorials may be sent in care of the Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431. Arnold and Mullen Funeral Homes was in charge of the arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 10/10/2012
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