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Vinta Clancy - February 12, 2010


Vinta Mae Claney, 83, was born May 12, 1926 to Charles and Mary (Hill) Kimberling in Champion, Neb. She died Feb. 12, 2010 at Regent Park Nursing and Rehab in Holyoke.

Vinta grew up on the Kimberling family ranch west of Champion. She loved showing Hereford cattle; it was her life and passion. She moved to Denver after graduating from Chase County High School in 1944. She attended Charles Denver Beauty School and graduated in November of 1948. She worked with her sister Vera Kimberling and they opened their own beauty salon. While in beauty school, Vinta gave birth to a daughter that she named Vera Marie Capra. Being young and unmarried, she gave her up for adoption. Many years later she reconnected with her first-born, now named Clarissa Jane King.

Vinta married Charles T. Phillips in 1950 and in November 1951, Melody Marie Phillips was born. Homesick for her family, Vinta returned home to Champion where she worked with her family on the ranch. Vinta was a hard worker and had many jobs throughout her life, from running a beauty shop to owning a restaurant. Vinta also had many rental properties that she took care of and was happy to rent to families in need of a home.

Vinta was a faithful member of Christian Faith Outreach Church. She had a very good relationship with God and undying faith. She also enjoyed quilting and made many, many quilts that she loved to share. She was a member of the VFW and Eagles Club, to name a few. She loved to play cards and bingo and have fun with her many friends.

She married James Claney Oct. 15, 1976 and the two resided in Imperial, Neb. They later divorced after 16 years of marriage.

Vinta is preceded in death by her parents, Charley and Mary Kimberling, and daughter, Melody Miller.

She is survived by her daughter, Clarissa Jane King; grandchildren, Misti Redman and husband Jason of Holyoke, Holli Purkeypile and husband Kurt of Imperial, Neb., Anjelica Crites and husband Brian of Pueblo and Brandon Hinshaw of Pueblo; great-grandchildren, Whitni and Holden Redman, Colby and Kylie Purkeypile, Bryan Crites and Conner Hinshaw; brother, Vinton Kimberling and wife Fauniel of Imperial, Neb.; sister, Vera Gleason of Beaver City, Neb; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

A graveside service for Vinta was held Feb. 15 at Pleasant View Cemetery in rural Champion, Neb. with Pastor Glen Kline officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Regent Park Nursing and Rehab Activities Fund, 816 S. Interocean, Holyoke, CO 80734.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.