Constance Wilma Strang

Born: Saturday, December 26th 1931 in Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: Tuesday, May 5th 2015 in Seward, Nebraska
Age: 83 years, 4 months and 9 days
Memorials In Care Of
Fort Robinson Post Playhouse c/o Wilma Strang Memorial Fund P.O. Box 915 Chadron, Nebr. 69337
Visitation Time(s)
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS BY
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
Sidney, Nebraska
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Service: 3:00 pm - Tuesday, May 26th 2015
Grace Episcopal Church
450 Bordeaux Street
Chadron, NE  
Officiating: Dr. Russ Seger
Inurnment: Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium
Chadron, Nebraska
Obituary:

Constance “Wilma” Spurgeon was born on December 26, 1931, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and passed away on May 5, 2015, in Seward, Nebraska. Wilma leaves to mourn her passing, her daughter Noelle (Brett) Baker of Seward, Nebraska, son Gordon (Mary) Strang of Tucson, Arizona, daughter Cindy (Robert) Vincent of Missouri City, Texas, and daughter-in-law Annette Lindeman of Tucson, Arizona; precious grandchildren Grant Strang and Gregory Strang of Tucson, Arizona, and Delainy Celene Baker and Kiernan Crosby Baker of Seward, Nebraska (to whom she was affectionately known as Amah); numerous close friends of all ages; and her special kitty, Ebony. Wilma was pre-deceased by her mother and father, Constance Mary Bunce and Arthur Willmot Spurgeon of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and her older halfbrother Bob (Thelma) Tweedy of British Columbia. Wilma was a gifted beauty, who graduated from high school at 16 attended secretarial school and modeling school and also earned her private pilot’s license. She worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and a Canadian oil company where Wilma met and married James Jesse Strang. They raised their family and enjoyed many residences in Canada, the Midwest, and finally in Chadron, Nebraska, where they were Fixed Base Operators of the Chadron Municipal Airport for the city of Chadron and owned and operated Strang Air until 1984. Following their divorce Wilma worked at Panhandle Mental Health as well as for the Dawes County Commissioners. Wilma became a US citizen and continued to live in Chadron for 43 years until April of 2015 when she moved to Seward, Nebraska. Wilma completed the Education For Ministry program and was involved with the Grace Episcopal Church in Chadron as Senior Warden as well as the Chadron RSVP program. Wilma was a devoted mom and grandmother (Amah) who took great pleasure and joy in her Nebraska and Arizona grandchildren. She took pride in her independence: living in her own home, still mowing the yard, and shoveling the Nebraska snow. Summers found her at each Post Playhouse production – some multiple times. While in the fall she would be dancing anything from country line to the cha-cha or a favorite jitterbug. Wilma had a very deep and abiding faith that helped her overcome challenges including her latest obstacle of a terminal cancer diagnosis. She believed in the power of the Holy Spirit and lived “Through God all things are possible.”

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