Nellie (Saub Ashmore) Huckfeldt, passed away peacefully at the Chadron Community Hospital on May 5, 2018, at the age of 97.
Nellie was born Oct. 16, 1920, in Syria. Nellie came to the United States in 1926 at the age of 6 years. Her parents, Joe and Scundra Saub, brought their six children from Syria and settled in Gordon, Neb. Joe Saub began a career in retail sales, first traveling the region in a one-horse cart and then later in a store on the main street of Gordon. Nellie spent her childhood in Gordon. Nellie graduated from Gordon High School in 1939. It was during her school years while working in her father’s store when Nellie learned the art of retail sales. It is a career that she would do her entire working life.
After high school, Nellie attended Beauty College in Omaha. Nellie graduated in 1941 and returned to Gordon where she worked in a Gordon beauty shop. After a short while, she returned to work in her father’s store.
During this time, Nellie would attend dances in Gordon, Rushville, and Hay Springs. At one of these dances, Nellie met a young man from Hay Springs. On Nov. 13, 1945, Nellie married Arlie Ashmore. They moved to his family’s farm southwest of Hay Springs for the next 20 years. During this time they had three children, Duane, Connie, and Dave.
In 1966, Nellie moved 2 mi. south of Hay Springs. Nellie began working for Virgil and Audrey Drabbels in their Coast-to-Coast Hardware Store. She worked for Virgil, Audrey, and Gary Drabbels for 38 years, continuing her lifetime career in retail sales.
On April 12, 1999, Nellie married Don Huckfeldt. Together they enjoyed travel, playing cards, trips to Don’s farm, a frequent trip to Prairie Winds Casino, and Don’s American Legion activities.
Nellie is survived by her three children, Arlie Duane (Barbie) Ashmore of Hay Springs, Neb., Connie N. (Ronald) Peters of Roca, Neb., and David J. (Sharon) Ashmore of Phoenix, Ariz. Nellie cherished her six grandchildren: Adam (Tina) Ashmore, Kylee Ashmore, Jason (Jamie) Peters, Ryan Peters, Shelley Ashmore, and Alyssa Ashmore and her nine great-grandchildren.
Nellie enjoyed people. She learned to interact with people at a very young age at her father’s Main Street store. Nellie always loved to cook and always enjoyed baking. She was noted for her cinnamon rolls.
Chamberlain Drabbels Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hay Springs. Interment will be in the Hay Springs Cemetery. Memorials have been established in Nellie’s honor for the benefit of the Hay Springs Fire and Rescue Department, the Pioneer Manor Nursing Home, or the Zion Lutheran Church.