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Winona M. ‘Nonie’ Slifer

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Winona M. 'Nonie' Slifer

STERLING – Winona M. “Nonie” Slifer, 94, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at her home.

She was born Oct. 11, 1919, in Morrisonville, a daughter of Francis L. and Viola M. (Pope) Bethard. She was united in marriage to Charles Merrill Slifer on July 17, 1943, at Rock Falls United Methodist Church parsonage, by the Rev. Wayne Leighty. Charles preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2006.

Nonie was a faithful and active 64-year member of Rock Falls United Methodist Church. She was a member of several church committees and the women’s society. Nonie graduated from Waggoner Community High School. During World War II, she was employed at the Green River Ordinance Plant. Life brought her to Sterling-Rock Falls, where she resided most of her life. She worked at Sowles Dry Goods in Rock Falls for 36 years. Later, she worked at Walmart in Rock Falls for 25 years as a people greeter.

Nonie loved her family, her church, and her home. She enjoyed meeting people. She liked baseball and basketball, and playing cards.

Those left to honor her memory are her son, Chuck (Deb) Slifer of Sterling; a granddaughter, Dr. Kristin (Adam) Slifer-Pena of Castle Rock, Colorado; a step-great-grandson, Cody Pena; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Emmett Bethard; and a sister, Betty Betts.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Richard Fassig, pastor of Rock Falls United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

A memorial has been established to Rock Falls United Methodist Church.

Visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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