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Elva Pearl Hoobler, daughter of Jacob III and Elmira, was born at St. Marys, Kansas Sept. 16, 1886, and died following a brief illness at a hospital in Loup City, Nebraska on May 20, 1944 at the age of 58 years, 3 months, 4 days. At the age of 15, Elva came with her parents to Loup County (in the year 1900) and since that time has lived in Dry Valley in the Moulton community. Elva, as the entire community loved to call her, was educated in the public schools of Kansas and Nebraska, and grew to winsome womanhood, popular and a friend to all her associates. March 31, 1909, Elva Pearl became the bride of Elmer Bruce Dunbar, son of William H. and Sarah L. Dunbar, Nebraska pioneers of 1870. The happy young couple with all the enthusiasm of youth established the new home in western Loup County, where they have since lived, and where six children, four sons and two daughters were born to them. Earl, in the U. S. Armed Forces; Marcus, Oelrich, South Dakota; Arnold, Almeria; Allen in the U. S. Armed Forces; Wilma and Ethel, teachers in Loup County rural schools and both at home. Each of the four sons is married and there are three grandchildren, Judeth, Joyce and Beverly.
In addition to her immediate family, those made sad by her passing are three sisters, Mrs. Estelle Smith, Rosedale, Okla.; Mrs. Myrtie Ramsey, Canadian, Tex.; Mrs. Mabel McCleery, Gem Tex., and five brothers, Ezra, Eureka, Kans.; John of Milburn; George of Sargent; Frank of Broken Bow; Clarence of Canadian, Tex., and many other relatives, as well as a host of friends. Mrs. Dunbar’s father and mother, a brother, William, and a sister Alta Smith, preceded her to that far away country, the Home of the Soul.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Evangelical Church in Taylor. Rev. Smith of the Methodist Church at Sargent officiated. The pallbearers were the four sons and two nephews, Ray and Roy Hoobler. Interment was made in the Moulton Cemetery.
Elmer Bruce Dunbar, son of William and Sarah Austin Dunbar, was born May 8, 1885 in York Co., Neb., and died at the age of 79 years, 6 months, and 28 days at Chadron, Neb. on December 5, 1964. As a small child he moved to west Loup County with his parents. He was educated in the Loup County schools and spent his life farming in that area. On March 31, 1909 he married Elva Pearl Hoobler who preceded him in death in 1944.
Survivors include four sons, Earl, Milburn; Marcus, Chadron; Arnold, Taylor; Allen, Ord; two daughters, Wilma of Plainview, and Ethel Palmer, Almeria; four daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Edney of Berwyn; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 8 at the Taylor Evangelical United Brethren Church. The pastor, Rev. C. R. Anderson officiated. The pallbearers were Vernard Edney, Deoard Dunbar, Willis Dunbar, Shannon Dunbar, Ray Hoobler, and Rolland Ralls. Interment was at Moulton Cemetery.
Children of Elva Pearl and Elmer Bruce Dunbar:
Mark- born March 17, 1913
Arnold- born May 23, 1916
Allen- born May 14, 1919
Wilma(Brown) - born February 2,1921
Ethel(Palmer) - born November 3,1923
In, December 1991, there were 82 descendants and in-laws of Elmer and Elva. They range in age from a few days to almost 82 years old. All of these survive except one son-in-law (Maurice Brown). It is believed that there are more active grain and livestock producers in this family than any other branch. These include several with college degrees. Other family occupations include various specialties in the medical field (no MD’s), school teachers and administrators, heavy construction workers and contractors, social workers, bank and loan workers, mechanics, as well as full time homemakers, students and children to tiny babies, this family should survive for some time.