Lights of Love shine in many colors

LUSK – The Christmas holiday has many traditions including the Lights of Love Tree located on the corner of the Rawhide clinic and hospital that is annually adorned with gold, blue, purple, red and green lights, and is one that truly illustrates the spirit of the season. The tree is sponsored by the Niobrara Hospital Auxiliary, and persons wishing to remember those who have been important in their life and/or community can give donations in the varied amounts. Lights are also requested for those living, who are special individuals. An ad in the Lusk Herald during the December issues as well as at the Christmas bazaar booth make it easy to participate. Funds from the monetary gifts assist in the purchase of a surprising number of items from replacement equipment to programs that enhance the life of the extended care patients.

Mary Jo David Seufert wrote from Lakewood, Colorado, stating “I to support the hospital auxiliary and purchase two gold lights. One in memory of Mr. and Mrs. C, A. David and family, and one in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. David and family.”  She also gave an additional gift of money for office expenses.

Karen Bruch requested a gold light to shine in memory of her husband, Chuck Bruch, his parents Carl and Mary Bruch and sister-in-law Eileen Young. Her sister-in-law, Pat Bruch chose a gold light in memory of her husband, John Bruch, a blue light for her mother Nellie Kratzer, a red light for in-laws Carl and Mary Bruch and a green light for sister-in-law Eileen Bruch Young. Terry and Elaine Griffith chose four gold lights to shine in memory of family members; Walt and Alice Berry, Francis and Darlene Griffith, Oren Griffith and Diane Leimser.

Donna Gunn added more colors to the tree when she selected a red light for her late husband, Dale Gunn and a blue light in memory of daughter Linda Kaser. Anita Troudt chose a red light to shine in memory of her husband Gary Troudt and a blue light to remember parents Doris and Tom Mason. Claudia and Stan Swanson chose two regal gold lights to remember their parents Al and Diane and Charles and Lucille, and four blue lights in memory of Irma Wasserburger, Bertie Jones, Dolores Mitchell and Claudetta Tollman. Dave and Barb Crofutt added color with their choice of a gold light and a purple, both in memory of Iris Baughn.

Bristol and Reagan Cardwell remembered their dad, with two pretty purple lights. Anna May Oliver chose several colors in memory of her family members in Heaven; a gold light for her parents, Stanley and Phebe Fraser, a blue light for two brothers Floyd and Phill Fraser, a purple light to remember three sisters; Tess Townsend, Phebe Moran, and Myrna Gabol, and a red light in memory of two grandsons, Cory Smith and Nels Wilkins.