Long time Hugoton resident, Cleora Greenwood Nordyke, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Stevens County Hospital. She was born December 12, 1926, at a farm-house in rural Stevens County to Mack and Georgia Anna (Davis) Greenwood. She graduated with the class of 1944 at Hugoton High School. She attended Pueblo Business College.
Cleora married Robert W. Nordyke March 18, 1946, in Liberal, Ks. Bob was just returning from Europe after doing his military service during WWII. They led a busy life raising four boys and one girl. Both parents followed their kids around southwest Kansas watching their ballgames. Cleora and Bob’s entertainment was often bowling at the EZ Bowl.
Cleora was a life member of the Hugoton VFW Auxiliary. She was also a member of the First Christian Church. She worked at many local businesses, including Bloodhart Drugstore and Culligan Laundromat. A favorite pastime of hers was garage sales and on sunny days, she would open her garage, hang out the “Garage Sale” sign and wait for customers to come in to shop. There was nothing she enjoyed more than K-State football and KU basketball. At the Hugoton Senior Center, she kept her tablemates up to date on the sports schedules and scores for the ballgames. She even recruited a few friends to become football and basketball fans.
In February of 2016, Cleora moved to Pioneer Manor in Hugoton. She was an avid Bingo player and often won many games. When she felt she had won too much Bingo, she would pass her winning card to a friend and tell her to shout, “Bingo!”
Cleora was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters, Maxine Lautaret, Lorene Lautaret, Vera Lowery, baby Ellen Greenwood and three brothers, Elden, Myron, and Kenneth Greenwood. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Leslie) Bishop of Leoti, four sons, Robert D.(Rebecca) of Wichita, Rodney E. (Robyn) of Ulysses, John W. (Doris) of Colorado Springs, and Harold D.(Carole) of Hugoton. Brother Milton Greenwood of Nampa, Idaho, and sister Loretta Cacciatore of Colorado Springs, sisters-in law Carole Greenwood of Colorado Springs and Joy Greenwood of Canon City, Colorado also survive. Thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren also mourn the loss.
A graveside service will be held at the Hugoton Cemetery on September 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Heath Kelly officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hugoton Senior Center or the Alzheimer’s Association. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home- PO Box 236-Hugoton, KS 67951. The family thanks the staff at Pioneer Manor and Stevens County Hospital for their attentive and compassionate care they provided for Cleora and her family.
Visitation will be Friday 10 AM to 6 PM at the funeral home.