N. Grace Wemple


N. Grace Wemple, 81, of Gothenburg, NE, formerly of North Platte, NE, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at the Gothenburg Hospital.

Grace was born June 13, 1932, to Glen Riley and Ruth Mae Wilcott Tracy at Sutherland, NE. She grew up in Sutherland and North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1949.

On December 17, 1950, Grace married William J. ‘Bill’ Wemple. They made their home in North Platte where she worked for the Lincoln County Clerks Office until she retired. Following her retirement she continued to help at the clerk’s office part-time and also helped during elections.

Grace was a member of the First Christian Church and an extension club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Survivors include her daughters, Pamela (Ken) Fairchild, of Lincoln, NE, Carol Wemple, of Lafayette, CO and Tracy (Wade) Geiken, of Gothenburg; six grandchildren, Rebecca (James) Greene, of Thorton, CO, Ryan (Melodee) Lee, of Lonetree, CO, Justin (Cari) Geiken, of Gothenburg, Jordan and McKenzie Geiken, of Gothenburg and Lindsey (Scott) Frohn, of Lincoln, NE; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Carter and Easton Greene; a sister, Alice (Harold) Lauer, of Lincoln; sisters-in-law, Jackie Johnson and Konnie Wemple, both of North Platte; brothers-in-law, Larry Green, of Grove, OK and Maynard (Nancy) Wemple, of McMinnville, OR; several nieces, nephews and other family.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her parents, Glen and Ruth Tracy, and stepmother, Margaret Brackett Wellington Tracy; a brother, Glen Roger Tracy; her sister, Henrietta Green; and sister-in-law, Retha Tracy.

Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore in North Platte with Pastor Mark Borchardt officiating. Inurnment will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. The memorial book may be signed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and before services at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. The family has established a memorial. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.