Carol Halfhide

An open house in memory of Carol Halfhide of Chadron, NE, was held Saturday, the day after she lost a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

A memorial has been set up in her name for Samaritan’s Purse, the non-denominational Franklin Graham ministry

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Carol Jean Thompson Halfhide was born June 27, 1939 in Pawnee City, NE to Ellis and Marjorie Thompson and passed away at her home in Chadron on Friday, April 10, 2020. Carol resided in Pawnee City during her school years and graduated with the class of 1957 before attending one year at NE Wesleyan in Lincoln.

She was united in marriage to Art Halfhide on June 21, 1959. They moved to Lincoln where Art was enrolled at the College of Pharmacy and Carol took full-time employment with the Lincoln Gas Company. Along with being a full-time student, Art worked part-time at a local Lincoln drug store.

Art graduated in June 1962 and soon after moved to Chadron to work for Myers Drug for almost 40 years, then after its closure for Safeway and Petersen’s Drug for 19 more.

Carol faithfully cared for their two children, who were born in Chadron, and for many years she taught piano lessons to children and helped Art with their cleaning business.

The Lord gifted Carol with perfect pitch. She could play anything she heard by ear as well as play written music. For almost sixty years she played for weddings, funerals, community events, patriot/military functions, the local nursing home, and for her church.

Many enjoyed her unique style and complimented her frequently, but in her response, she always gave the credit to the Lord for her musical gift. All her grandchildren hold special memories of her playing the piano for them and also of joining in with their instruments or singing along.

In her younger years she learned who Jesus Christ is and what He did on the Cross for everyone. After she placed her faith in Jesus for forgiveness of her sin, she gained a firm trust and a personal relationship with Him. This has been her anchor throughout her life. Because she desired to share the good news of the Lord with others, many knew she loved Him by the life she lived.

Even though being recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was a hard trial, she trusted the Lord through her illness and was confident of the blessed hope of eternal life with her Lord and Savior. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow!

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother, Jim. She is survived by her husband Art, son Kevin and daughter-in-law-Kristen of Warrensburg, MO, daughter Teresa and son-in-law-Patrick of Boise, ID, 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, her brother Bill and sister-in-law-Janis, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: John Irving, Bill Nemecek, Dale Barker, Levi Calhoon, John Barnum, Bill Ramm

Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Carol Halfhide.

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