Greta Arnette Mehling, age 54, of Morrill, NE, lost her battle to cancer on March 30, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Her final interment will be in Churchill, MT in accordance with her wishes. Visitation will take place 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2022 and Monday, April 4, 2022 at Reverence Funeral Parlor in Scottsbluff, NE for local friends and family before Greta is taken to her final resting place. Visitation will also be held from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2022 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman, MT. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2022, with Pastor Tim Kuperas officiating at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church where she and her beloved husband, Terry, were united in marriage. Interment will follow at Churchill Cemetery immediately after the service concludes. The family intends to hold a local memorial celebration and picnic later this summer in memory of Greta for all who would like to attend. Announcements of the event will be published in the local newspapers. Memorials may be made to the Festival of Hope or the Panhandle Humane Society in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.reverencefuneralparlor.com.
Greta was born September 17, 1967, in Bozeman, MT to Henriette and Arnold Blanksma. Greta attended Manhattan Christian School and spent her time working on the family dairy farm. She graduated from high school and then held several jobs including firefighting and working on a large ranch. Her love of animals led her to the decision to attend Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY to become a veterinary technician. She achieved this goal in 1991. It was during her college experience that Greta met her future husband, Terry Mehling. They were united in marriage on January 31, 1992, at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church in Churchill, Montana. Greta continued working as a veterinarian technician for 30 years in the Torrington and Scottsbluff area until ill health forced her retirement. Her career as a veterinary technician was not her only job. Greta also worked hard on the family farm with her husband hauling sugar beets, corn, irrigating, and helping with the baby calves that she loved.
Greta loved to cook delicious meals for her husband and family in her spare time. She always found new recipes to share during her quiet time, reading out of her large collection of cookbooks. Greta enjoyed being outside and working in her yard, planting beautiful flowers, and raising a large garden. She had an unending love for her husband, who she lovingly referred to as “T.” He knew he was in deep trouble if she called him, “Terry” instead.
Greta is survived by her husband, Terry, of 30 years; daughters, Tina (Scott) Weiburg of Gillette, WY and Kerry Mehling (Josh) of Scottsbluff, NE; son, Mike Mehling of Grand Junction, CO; mother, Henriette Blanksma; sisters, Karen (Doug) Braaksma, Cindy (Louis) Kamps, and Donna (Bruce) Larue all of Montana; sisters-in-law, Annette (Mark) Lang of Scottsbluff, NE and Gaylene Schlager (Randy) of Torrington, WY; grandchildren, Brandon (Marti) Mehling of Gillette, WY, Evan, Alison and Ty Weiburg of Gillette, WY, Dylan Mehling of Scottsbluff, NE, and Tyler (Shawntay) Mehling of Pueblo, CO. Greta was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends, Terami and Rene.
Greta was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Blanksma; Grandma T; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Irene and Ben Mehling; brothers-in-law, Ted Mehling and Mark Schlager; one great-grandchild; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Greta will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Memories of her infectious laugh and bubbly personality will carry us all through the sad days without her.
The LORD watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. Genesis 31:49