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Minnie Softley - February 11, 2004


Minnie Softley was born on Nov. 8, 1922 at Cedar Rapids, Neb. She was the second of three daughters born to Louie and Jenny White Sronce. She was a twin and named after her grandmother Sronce.
After the death of Minnie’s mother in 1936, Louie moved the family to Grainton, Neb. where they lived with grandparents. Minnie attended school in Elsie, Grainton, and Madrid, Neb. where she graduated in 1940.
Minnie was united in marriage to Warren Softley on Aug. 6, 1941 in North Platte, Neb. They moved to Sweet Home, Ore. where they worked until Warren entered the service in 1944. They returned to Perkins County in 1953 where she lived the rest of her life.
Minnie was a dedicated wife and could always be found at Warren’s side. They operated a service station together in Oregon and farmed and raised cattle together when they returned to Elsie. They enjoyed the hobby of refurbishing old Studebaker cars and took classes at Mid Plains to learn the art of upholstery.
Warren entered Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant and Minnie made the daily trip from Elsie to be by his side. Warren died in 2009 and Minnie moved in with her niece, Anita Hutcheson in Elsie.
Minnie enjoyed spending her time helping at the senior center in Grant where she was a daily volunteer. Minnie was admitted to the Perkins County Community Hospital the last week of March where she died late Saturday night, April 2, 2011. She had reached the age of 88.
In addition to her parents and husband, Minnie was preceded in death by her twin Ruth Papka and younger sister, Earlene Bussell.
She is survived by her niece, Anita Hutcheson of Elsie and her two children, LeAnn and husband Kory Benz and Justin Hutcheson; great-niece, Laura Bussell and husband Jake Owens; sister-in-law, Dorothy Sharp; many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 5, at the Elsie United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Battello officiating.
Burial was in the Elsie Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.