12/16/2017 - Alma Mildred Sauser
Funeral services for Alma Mildred Sauser will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron, NE.
A separate burial service for family will be held in the summer.
Visitation will be at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron, NE.
A memorial has been established for Naomi House of South Dakota. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Online condolences can be made at chamberlainchapel.com.
Alma went to live with the Lord on November 30, 2017 at Crest View Care Center in Chadron, NE.
She was born on December 23, 1919 in Lake Creek, SD to Floyd and Mersy Green. After Floyd's passing when Alma was 6 years old, she and her mother lived in various places before moving to California, where she attended Sherman Institute. While in California, Mersy met an old friend, Bert Cochran, and they married. He loved Alma as his own, and she adored him. They lived in Omaha, then Gordon, moving as the economy dictated. She attend high school in Gordon, where she was a cheerleader, made the Honor Society, participated in class plays, sang in the Glee Club and Double Sextette, was the Junior Club President and worked several odd jobs. There, she also found her love of bowling.
Alma attended Haskell Commercial School in Lawrence, KS, taking just one year to finish a two-year course. She moved back to Gordon, taking two jobs, then to Pine Ridge to work for the Soil Conservation Service. That summer, she met Harold Sauser, a civil engineer, and they were married in 1940.
They traveled around following road-building jobs. Wherever she could, she would find a job. After the birth of Bill, and being unable to travel with Harold, Alma returned to Gordon to help in the family restaurant.
In 1943, the family bought a restaurant/hotel in Hyannis, and Harold joined the Seabees. There, Alma also worked for the newspaper, writing a column. Every weekend, she drove to Alliance for flying lessons, and soloed. When Harold returned from the South Pacific, they moved to Rapid City, where they had five more children and owned several businesses.
In 1965, they moved to Chadron, where they remained, farming and ranching on the Pine Ridge Reservation and owning the 120 Bar. Alma worked in the Finance Office of Chadron State College for many years until her retirement. She remained active bowling, golfing, knitting, keeping books for the ranch and Laurie's sign shop, and playing bridge, (the latter two until two weeks before her passing).
In 2016, she donated the family land on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Naomi House to build a children's home. More information can be found at thenaomihouse.org.
She amazed everyone with her sharp mind and can-do attitude.
Survivors include Bill Sauser of Jefferson, MD, Susan Tagler of Harlingen, TX, Paul Sauser (Lori) Rapid City, SD, Phil Sauser (Judy Denesia) of St. Paul, MN, Laurie Sauser (Jack Nemeth) of Chadron, NE, 15 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by husband Harold, daughter Sandy, and daughter-in-law Leona.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Alma Sauser.
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