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Paul Emil Nelson was born January 26, 1905, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and died March 12, 1999, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 94. He is the son of Clarence Cornelius Nelson of Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and Edith Christina Larson of Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Elnora Bernice Goodman was born September 30, 1907, in Kossuth Co., IA, and died July 18, 1961, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, due to lung cancer at age 53. She is the daughter of Jesse Monroe Goodman of Nebraska and Alice May Speakman of Iowa.

Paul Emil Nelson and Elnora Bernice Goodman were married on January 26, 1929, in Tripp Co., SD.

Paul Emil Nelson and Elnora Bernice (Goodman) Nelson had one child:

  1. Gloria June Nelson: Born August 24, 1932, in Niobrara, Knox Co., NE. Married August 31, 1951, in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE, to Herbert "Herb" Gibreal: Born November 2, 1928, in Buffalo Twp., Collins Co., NE; Died September 10, 2010, in Nebraska (age 82). Parents Simon and Victoria Gibreal of Nebraska.

Paul Emil Nelson then married Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble.

Lulu Mae Nissen was born January 12, 1909, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, and died June 9, 1989, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, due to Alzheimer's disease at age 80. She is the daughter of Frederick Louis "Fred" Nissen of Arago, Richardson Co., NE, and Minnie Catherine Day of Joseph, Wallowa Co., OR. Minnie Catherine Day (1886 - 1973), is a daughter of Robert Monroe Day (born 1861 in Tennessee).

Lulu Mae Nissen was first married to Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble was born November 7, 1904, in Nebraska and died December 22, 1961, in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 57. He is the son of George Jefferson Noble of Nebraska and Winnifred "Winnie" Dubois of Nebraska.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble and Lulu Mae Nissen were married 1928 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.

Vivion Oral Noble and Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble had four children:

  1. Lewis V. Noble: Born February 15, 1931, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married about 1955 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, to Lois M. Long: Born February 15, 1931, in Unknown.
  2. Harold O. Noble: Born April 13, 1932, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Married August 22, 1954, at Christ Methodist Church, Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, to Mary Lou Schwartz: Born March 1, 1935, in Unknown. Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Schwartz.
  3. Robert Fred Noble: Born about 1935 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE; Died November 16, 1937, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE (age 2).
  4. Child Four Noble:

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble and Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble were divorced about 1940.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble then married Mary Louise “Billie” Crossgrove.

Mary Louise “Billie” Crossgrove was born November 29, 1919, in Farnam, Dawson Co., NE, and died Nov. 29, 2007, in Gardner, KS, at age 88. She is the daughter of Merle Walton Crossgrove of New York and Virgie M. Spangler of Nebraska. Buried in Glen Heaven Memorial Cemetery, Los Angeles Co., CA.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble and Mary Louise “Billie” Crossgrove were married November 2, 1944, in Yuma, Yuma Co., AZ.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble died December 22, 1961, in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 57.

Paul Emil Nelson and Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble were married 1962 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.

Paul Emil Nelson and Lulu Mae (Nissen) (Noble) Nelson had no children.




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Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble was born November 7, 1904, in Nebraska.

Paul Emil Nelson was born January 26, 1905, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

Elnora Bernice Goodman was born September 30, 1907, in Kossuth Co., IA.

Lulu Mae Nissen was born January 12, 1909, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905 shows Olaus Larson (age 54) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Katharine O. Larson (age 57) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents: Edith C. Larson (age 22), does Housekeeping; Elmer Larson (age 19) a Farm Laborer; Walter E. Larson (age 17) a Farm Laborer; and Freeda M. Larson (age 13). Also living there are his grandchildren, all born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents: Myrtle Larson (age 3); Hazel Larson (age 2); and Paul E. Larson (age 4/12).

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on May 3, 1910 shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 31) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents is a general farmer owning his farm in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD and has been married 10 years. Living with him is his wife, Edith C. Nelson (age 27) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, and has all five of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are their children: Myrtle C. Nelson (age 8) born in Illinois; Hazel M. Nelson (age 7) born in Illinois; Paul E. Nelson (age 5) born in Illinois; Fern E. Nelson (age 2) born in South Dakota; and Olive S. Nelson (age 1/12) born in South Dakota.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1910 shows Fred L. Nissen (age 31) born in Nebraska to Unknown-born parents is a General Farmer renting his farm in Buckley Precinct, Jefferson Co., NE. Living with him is his wife of four years, Minnie C. Nissen (age 23) born in Oregon to Unknown and Ohio-born parents, with both of the children born to her still living. Children living at home are born in Nebraska to Nebraska and Oregon-born parents: Chester L. Nissen (age 3); and Lulu M. Nissen (age 1).

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 15, 1910 shows John J. Goodman, Jr. (age 31) born in Nebraska to Indiana and Maine-born parents is an unmarried General Farm Farmer renting his farm in Goose Lake Twp., Charles Mix Co., SD. Living with him: his brother, Jesse M. Goodman (age 29) born in Nebraska to Indiana-born parents, who is a General Farm Laborer; and his sister-in-law of 6 years, Alice Goodman (age 25) born in Iowa to Illinois and Iowa-born parents, with both children born to her still alive.

Mary Louise “Billie” Crossgrove was born November 29, 1919, in Farnam, Dawson Co., NE.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 13, 1920 shows Clarence C. Nelson (age 41) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm and living in Dixon Twp., Gregory Co., SD. Living with him is his wife Edith C. Nelson (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents. Living with them are their nine unmarried children, born to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents: Myrtle K. Nelson (age 18) born in Illinois who is a Rural School Teacher; Hazel M. Nelson (age 17) born in Illinois; Paul E. Nelson (age 14) born in Illinois; Fern E. R. Nelson (age 12) born in South Dakota; Laurel V. Nelson (age 9) born in South Dakota; Walter R. Nelson (age 4-7/12) born in South Dakota; Violet T. Nelson (age 1-7/12) born in South Dakota; and Norman N. Nelson (age 1/12) born in South Dakota. Clarence C. Nelson was the census enumerator.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on February 5, 1920 shows Jesse M. Goodman (age 39) born in Nebraska to Indiana and Maine-born parents is a General Farm Farmer renting his farm in Jackson Twp., Charles Mix Co., SD. Living with him is his wife, Alice P. Goodman (age 34) born in Iowa to Illinois and Iowa-born parents. Also living there are his three children, all born to Nebraska and Iowa-born parents: Leslie O. Goodman (age 15) born in Nebraska; Elonora B. Goodman (age 12) born in Iowa; and Emmett A. Goodman (age 7) born in South Dakota. An unmarried Farm Laborer also boards in the household.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 23, 1920 shows Fred S. Nissen (age 40) born in Nebraska to German-born parents is a General Farmer renting his farm in Brown Twp., York Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Minnie C. Nissen (age 34) born in Oregon to Tennessee and Ohio-born parents, with both of the children born to her still living. Children living at home are born in Nebraska to Nebraska and Oregon-born parents: Chester L. Nissen (age 13); and Lula M. Nissen (age 10).

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble and Lulu Mae Nissen were married 1928 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.


Paul Emil Nelson and Elnora Bernice Goodman were married on January 26, 1929, in Tripp Co., SD.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 22, 1930 shows Paul Nelson (age 25) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents and first married at age 24 is a Railroad Bridge Carpenter renting his home for $6/month and living in the Village of Niobrara, Knox Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Elnora Nelson (age 22) born in Iowa to Nebraska and Iowa-born parents, and first married at age 21.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 11, 1930 shows Vivion O. Noble (age 25) born in Nebraska to Nebraska-born parents and first married at age 23 is a Greenhouse Florist renting his home for $10/month and living at 2128 So. 58, City of Lancaster, Lincoln Co., NE. Living with him is his wife, Lulu M. Noble (age 21) born in Nebraska to Nebraska and Oregon-born parents, and first married at age 19.


Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, Wednesday, November 17, 1937

DEATHS

NOBLE - Robert Fred Noble, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vivion Noble of 2620 So. 35th, died at 2 a. m. Tuesday. He also leaves two brothers, Louis and Harold, and four grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Noble and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Nissen. Splain, Schnell & Griffiths.


Elnora Bernice (Goodman) Nelson died July 18, 1961, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 53.


Lincoln Evening Journal and Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, NE, Wednesday, July 19, 1961

Deaths and Funerals

NELSON - Funeral of Mrs. Paul (Elnora) Nelson, 53, of 855 So. 30th, who died Tuesday, will be at 10:30 a. m. Saturday at Umbergers. Burial at Wyuka. Singers, Mrs. Ralph Nelson, Miss Helen Nelson. Organist, Mrs. Lulu Noble. Family suggests memorials to Cancer Fund. Pallbearers: Don Florea, Ernest Waline, Erwin Collins, Don Clark, Lowell Johnson, George Schiedler.


Paul Emil Nelson then married Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble.

Vivion Oral Noble and Lulu were married 1928 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.

Vivion Oral "Viv" Noble and Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble were divorced about 1940.

Vivion Oral Noble died December 22, 1961 in Los Angeles Co., CA at age 57.

Paul Emil Nelson and Lulu Mae (Nissen) Noble were married after 1961 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.

Lulu Mae (Nissen) (Noble) Nelson died June 9, 1989, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 80.

Paul Emil Nelson died March 12, 1999, in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, at age 94.


Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, NE, March 13, 1999

Deceased Name: Nelson -- Paul Emil

Nelson -- Paul Emil, 94, Lincoln, died Friday (3/12/99). Retired foreman and bridge carpenter, Chicago-Northwestern Railroad. Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Herbert Gibreal, Omaha; step-sons, Harold Noble, Edmonds, Wash., Lewis Noble, Lincoln; three grandchildren, Steve Gibreal, Liberty, Mo., Gary Gibreal, Linda Barrett, both of Omaha; four sisters; one brother; two great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreatgrandchildren; many nieces, nephews, friends. Preceded in death by two wives, Elnora and Lula, one brother, two sisters. Services: Tuesday 11 a.m., Butherus, Maser, & Love. Revs. Russ Hall, Brad Steefen. Wyuka. Pallbearers: Herbert, Steve, Gary Gibreal, Robert Barrett, Harold and Lewis Noble. No visitation.


Kearney Hub, December 1, 2007

NOBLE, Mary Louise “Billie”, 88, of Gardner, Kansas, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at her home
Services: later
Burial of cremains: Glen Heaven Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles
Mortuary: Bruce in Gardner
Born Nov. 29, 1919, in Farnam, Neb.
Parents: Merle and Virgie (Spangler) Crossgrove
Graduated from high school in Farnam
Married: 1944, to Vivion Noble in Yuma, Ariz. He died in 1961
Activities: member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; loved to make and send greeting cards; was an avid genealogist; was the manager for Kearney (Neb.) State College Bookstore for 20 years
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Parker of Gardner; and sister, Dorothy Mammato of Wichita; also grandchildren, Erik, Elinor and Ethan Parker; and granddaughter-in-law, Eunice Scott-Parker
Was preceded in death by husband, her parents and a baby brother, Vernon


Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence, KS, December 1, 2007

Mary Louise “Billie” Noble 1919 - 2007 Gardner

Gardner — Memorial services for Mary Louise “Billie” Noble, 88, Gardner, will be at a later date. Inurnment will follow the services in Glen Heaven Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. Mrs. Noble died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Farnam, Neb., the daughter of Merle W. and Virgie Spangler Crossgrove. She graduated from high school in Farnam, Neb. Mrs. Noble managed the Kearney State College Bookstore for 20 years. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed making and sending greeting cards and was an avid genealogist. She married Vivion O. Noble in 1944 in Yuma, Ariz. He died in 1961. Mrs. Noble was also preceded in death by her parents and a baby brother, Vernon. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Parker, Gardner; a sister, Dorothy Mammato, Wichita; three grandchildren, Erik, Elinor and Ethan Parker; and a granddaughter-in-law, Eunice Scott-Parker. Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner is in charge of arrangements.


The Mamahead, Gardner, Kansas, United States

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Remembering Mom

The loss of my mother has been very hard for me. I was an only child, and my father died when I was nine, so it me and Mom against the world, always. She was a wonderful mother, who taught me that there is nothing out of reach if you are willing to work hard. She taught me the value of education. She taught me what unconditional love is really all about and was an example of kindness, patience and humor. There is a huge hole in my heart and life, and I miss her every day. She was SO proud of me, and SO proud of my children. They were the greatest joy of her life, as they continue to be the greatest joy of my life every day. She was never hesitant to tell us all how much she loved us.

This is a brief eulogy we read at her memorial serivce:

Mary Louise “Billie” Noble -- Nov. 29, 1919 to Nov. 29, 2007

Before we begin, we want to thank each of you for coming to join us this evening. Mom's passing was sudden, even though she was 88, she was in good health, and we feel very blessed that she was not ill, and did not suffer. She was loved and cherished by many people in her life, and our family will miss her.

Mary Louise Noble, known by her many friends and family as "Billie" was born in Farnam, Nebraska, on November 29, 1919 to Virgie Spangler Crossgrove and Merle Crossgrove. She was their second child; however, her older sibling, a boy, named Vernon, and had died at 4 days of age.

She grew up on the farm in the 1920's with no electricity, running water or indoor toilets. She suffered a severe injury to her knee at the age of 2, and her parents feared she would never walk without a crutch. Her doctor wanted to break her leg and re-set it, but her mother intervened and refused to let him do it, instead doing her own version of physical therapy and encouraging Billie to walk. With the help of a tiny chair, built by an uncle and a large gray tabby cat on whom she leaned, she learned to walk again and even to run.

Her sister was born when she was four, and they have had a close relationship throughout their lives. One very vivid memory she often told of was when she and her sister, Dorothy, were walking home from school and Billie threw a lunchbox at her, causing a cut on Dorothy's head, which bled and bled. Of course, Dorothy was upset and crying, and covered in blood. Billie said her mother was so frightened by the blood that she never even was punished for her misdeed. Of course, she never threw anything at anyone ever again!

She loved school and did very well. She had a love of reading from a very early age, and although was only allowed to finish the 8th grade of formal education, continued to read nearly everything she could throughout her life. She would often go to the library and come home with 5-6 books and have them all read in 2-3 days. And one of her favorite presents was a gift card for Border's, since she really enjoyed spending money on a good book. She love biography and history, and even collected cookbooks and bibles.

She grew up during the "Great Depression" and the dust bowl of the 1930's, and her parents struggled to get by. They grew a lot of their own food and Grandma Crossgrove sold eggs in town for extra cash. Billie left home at the age of 17, in 1937, and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she got a job as a maid and governess for a wealthy family. She made $6.00/week, and sent $4/week home to the farm. She took care of the children, cooked and cleaned and had Sunday's off. At one point, she got appendicitis, and had to have surgery--that was the only time she cut back on the amount of money she sent back home, since she had to pay her hospital bill.

It was in Lincoln she met Vivion O. Noble, and fell in love. World War II was raging, but the US was not yet fully involved. Vivion moved to California to find work, and Billie followed, staying with her future sister- and brother-in-law, Genevieve and Jim Whitmer, until she and Viv were married on November 2, 1944. She worked for the telephone company and was chief operator when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7. She recalled how the switchboard "lit up like a Christmas tree" as many people tried to call friends and family in Hawaii, and told the operators the terrible news about the bombing.

She continued to work for the phone company, and Viv worked for the engineering firm, Bendix. Briefly in 1952 they returned to Nebraska, thinking they might farm, but it quickly became obvious they would not make a go of farming on 160 acres, and they returned to Los Angeles, Viv returning to his job at Bendix and Billie, being pregnant at the time, stayed home to raise their daughter, Barbara, born November 7, 1952. In 1956, she and Viv opened their home to a young Hungarian refugee, Sandor Osvath, who came to learn English and loved their home so much, he stayed for 4 years, and became their "adopted" son.

Motherhood was the greatest joy of her life, and she made a beautiful and loving home for her family. On December 22, 1961, her husband, Viv, died suddenly of a blood clot to the lung, leaving her alone to care for her young daughter. She opened an Antique Shop, but as she often said, she wasn't a very good at dickering, and it was not successful. Billie and Barbara moved to New York, to be closer to Billie's sister and her family, and then, after her Father became ill in Nebraska, they moved to Kearney, Nebraska to be closer to her aging parents. For the next several years, she and Barbara spent every weekend in Gothenburg, helping her parents with shopping, household chores and laundry. After Billie's father died, her mother moved to a retirement apartment in Kearney. Billie also helped care for her Aunt, Nora La Bounty, who lived in a nursing home in Kearney in her later years as well. In Kearney, Billie worked for the Nebraska Book Company, and managed their very successful college book store first in an off-campus location called the College Book Store and Market, and then on-campus as the Antelope Book Store. She retired from there in 1987 after 23 years of service.

Barbara married Randall Parker December 2, 1971, and they have 3 children, Erik, Elinor and Ethan. Billie often said her grandchildren were the "frosting on the cake", and she was devoted to them. After her retirement, Billie moved to Lawrence, KS to be closer to her family and grandchildren. She soon moved into the Parker household and has been there ever since, managing the household and caring for her family. She was tremendously proud of her family, and supported and encouraged them to follow their dreams throughout their lives. Since her own education had been cut short, and she often felt handicapped by her lack of education, she strongly believed encouraged and supported her family's educational goals, and was tremendously proud that they all graduated from college xcept for Ethan, who is still going to college!).

She loved animals, and was never without a dog or cat and usually more than one of each. She especially loved Siamese cats and dachshund dogs, and owned a number of each throughout her life. She was quite a collector, and had collections of many types--she collected coins, violets, doxie dogs, Siamese cats, Tea Leaf Ironstone China, cookbooks, Santas, and bibles. She loved to cook and made the best apple pie on earth. We joke that in her later years she took up furniture breeding, because it seemed like every time we turned around, she had another piece of furniture in the house to stick in a corner somewhere. But she did love and collect antiques.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and regularly attended meetings until recently, when it was too difficult for her to sit for long periods of time.

Billie will always be remembered by those who love her for her warmth and kindness, her strength of character and devotion to her family. We will miss her every day.


Herbert Gibreal

Gibreal, Herbert
Nov 2, 1928 - Sep 10, 2010
Age 81. Preceded in death by son Gary Gibreal. Survived by wife Gloria; son Steven Gibreal; daughter Linda (Robert) Barrett; grandchildren, Michaela Barrett and Ryan Barrett; niece Teresa Gibreal; nephew Mark Gibreal.
FUNERAL SERVICE Monday 10am, Mt. View Presbyterian Church, 5308 Hartman. VISITATION with the family from 9am Monday until Service time at the Church. Interment Forest Lawn. Memorials are preferred to Mt. View Presbyterian Church. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
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