Lucille Splinter, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Henderson Hospital.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 21st at the Chapel of Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Bruce Bradley will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 P.M. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora. The family requests that casual attire may be worn to the services. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
OBITUARY: LUCILLE SPLINTER
Lucille Splinter, the daughter of Wilbur J. and Hazel A. (Freeman) Miller, was born at the family farm at Precinct D Seward County, Nebraska on December 31, 1921, and passed away at Henderson, Nebraska, on July 18, 2018, at the age of 96.
She attended school Precinct D in Seward County until the family moved to York County when she was 8. Lucille graduated from McCool Junction High School in 1938, where she was salutatorian of her class. She went on to attend Grand Island Business School, where she received a scholarship. Her first job was at the York office for the Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph Business Office.
While working at the York office a FBI man came in to use the phone station and asked Lucille if she wanted to go to Washington D.C. to work for the FBI and she said yes - he gave her an application to fill out. She sent in the application. Then one day a lady walked over from Western Union with a telegram for Lucille saying that she was to report to work in Washington DC
Lucille dated Wilbur Splinter when they lived in York. Wilbur moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Agricultural Department. They got married on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1942 in Baltimore. Wilbur was drafted May 16, 1942 into the U.S. Army.
Lucille worked for the FBI - shook hands with F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover. While her husband was stationed in Florida, Lucille worked for the American Telephone and Telegraph. When Wilbur was stationed overseas Lucille was pregnant and moved back to Nebraska to live with her parents. Gene was born August 19, 1943 and later passed away of leukemia at the age of 4.
Later on Wilbur returned to the family farm in Hamilton County. Lucille stayed home with family until going to work at the Nebraska Center for Women in York, NE, where she worked for over 20 years. Jobs she held were a Correctional Officer, Accountant, Business Manager and then Superintendent/Warden. She retired when she was 65 in 1986. One of her proud accomplishments while at the center was raising funds for the All Faith Chapel at the York Center.
She moved from the farm to York in 1985 before Wilbur passed away on October 13, 1985. After retirement she worked as a night Auditor at the Comfort Inn.
Lucille was an Eastern Star Member and past member of the First Christian Church in Aurora.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Wilbur Eugene Splinter; two sisters, Virginia Schanche and Helen Stewart and long-time friends, Sybil Harris and Ken Bordeaux.
Those who survive to cherish her memory are her 3 daughters, Connie (Larry) King of Lincoln, Marcia (Gary) Nielsen of Omaha and Jane (Lyle) Knuth of Columbus; son Jay (Denise) Splinter of Hampton; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and close friends.