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Boots, Emma H. (Sheffert) 1859-1935

BOOTS, SHEFFERT, FAY, WHITE, SMITH, ENGSTORM, BUTTS, ABEL

Posted By: Judy Bender Moyna (email)
Date: 1/19/2004 at 07:34:18

Among the most beautiful things in all the world are old people with a sweet spirit. Mother Emma
Boots belongs to this fine company of beautiful souls. Her age was made tender and gracious, strong and happily reminiscent by the masterful working of a beautiful spirit in her mind and heart. In one sense her death was the end of a good life, in the truest sense it is the beginning of a life for which she has been in preparation all these many years of her sojourn upon earth.

Mother Boots was born in Clayton County, at Giard, Iowa. Her maiden name was Emma H.
Sheffert. She was born on the 4th day of June, 1859. She grew to womanhood in the same vicinity
where she was born. In the fall of 1878 she was united in marriage to Thos. L. Boots. They started
their home-building efforts at Elkader, Iowa. They have also been residents of Clermont, Stanley and Oelwein, most of their life time having been spent at Stanley. Since 1930 they have had their home at Oelwein with their daughters Mrs. Henry Fay and Mrs. Fred White. They are among the elect few in the family of humanity who were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, which anniversary took place in September 1928.

Mrs. Emma H. Boots became a member of the Church in the days of her youth. The past fifty six
years she has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The enduring memorial of Mrs.
Boots is the beauty of her home life. Here she manifested what true mother love can accomplish.
Loyalty, devotion, unselfishness, companionship around these enduring qualities her life was
centered. She was always appreciative and sincerely sympathetic and courteous. She will be
remembered by those who knew her best, because of the service and companionship of her home
life. She built for herself a memory monument in her home influence that shall abide as an incentive for the better things of life, in the memories of her loved ones, her neighbors and her friends. Her earthly pilgrimage came to a close with a spirit of triumph on the evening of Lincolnís birthday, 1935, having reached the age of seventy five years, eight months and eight days.

She is being survived by her children: Mrs. J. P. Smith, of Leon, Iowa, Mrs. Fred White and Lewis
Boots of Oelwein; Mrs. R. White, of Thorpe, Iowa; Mrs. Henry Fay, of Independence, Iowa; Warren Boots, of Lilly Lake; Lester Boots and Mrs. A. N. Engstrom of Oelwein.

Her husband preceded her in death, August 31, 1932; also her son Fred Boots, who died in the
Aviation Service August 29, 1928; and also her son Victor who died in infancy.

She is also being survived by her step-children: C. V. Boots, of Oelwein, Mrs. L. A. Butts of
Fayette, Iowa, and Matthew Boots of Anamosa, Iowa, as well as one sister Mrs. J. C. Abel of
Dubuque, Iowa, and three brothers: Ed Sheffert of Monona, Iowa, and Lewis Sheffert and Barney
Sheffert of Lincoln, Nebraska, and thirteen grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held from the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. J. B. Achman
being in charge...Her burial was at the Woodlawn cemetery of Oelwein.

-source: Clayton County Register/Journal, 12 Feb 1935

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Added by Gary Sheffert on 3/11/2006:

Oelwein Register--February 15, 1935

MRS. THOS. I. BOOTS OBITUARY

Among the most beautiful things in all the world are old people with a sweet spirit. Mother Emma Boots belongs to this fine company of beautiful souls. Her age was made tender and gracious, strong and happily ?? by the masterful working of a beautiful ?? in her mind and heart. In the ?? her death was the end of a good life, in the truest sense it is the beginning of a life for which she has been in prepation all these many years of her sojurn upon earth.

Mother Boots was born in Clayton County, at Giard, Iowa. Her maiden name was Emma H. Sheffert. She was born on the 4th day of June, 1859. She grew to womanhood in the same vicinity where she was born. In the fall of 1878 she was united in marriage to Thos. I. Boots. They started their home-building efforts at Elkader, Iowa. The have also been residents of Clermont, Stanley and Oelwein, most of the life time having been spent at Stanley. Since 1930 they have had their home at Oelwein with their daughters Mrs. Henry Fay and Mrs. Fred White. They are among the elect few in the family of humanity who were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, which anniversary took place in September 1928.

Mrs Emma H. Boots became a member of the Church in the days of her youth. The past fifty-six years she has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The enduring memoral of Mrs. Boots is the beauty of her home life. Here she manifested what true mother love can accomplilsh. Loyalty, devotion, unselfishness, companionship, around these enduring qualities her life was centered. She was always appreciative and sincerely sympathetic and courteous. She will be remembered by those who knew her best because of the service and companionship of her home life. She built for herself a memory monument in her home influence that shall abide as an incentive for the better things of life, in the memories of her loved ones, her neighbors and her friends. Her earthly pilgrimage came to a close with a spirit of triumph on the evening of Lincoln's birthday, 1935 having reached the age of seventy-five years, eight months and eight days.

She is being survived by her children: Mrs J.P. Smith, of Leon, Iowa, Mrs. Fred White and Lewis Boots, of Oelwein; Mrs R. White of Thorpe, Iowa, Mrs Henry Fay of Independence, Iowa, Warren Boots, of Lilly Lake, Lester Boots and Mrs A.N. Engstrom, of Oelwein.

Her husband preceded her in death, August 31,1932, also her son Fred Boots, who died in the Aviation Service August 29, 1928; and also her son Victor who died in infancy.

She is also being survived by her step-children: C.V. Boots of Oelwein, Mrs L.A. ?? of Fayette, Iowa and Matthew E. Boots, of Anamosa, Iowa, as well as one sister, Mrs. J.C. Abel, of Dubuque, Iowa and three brothers: Ed Sheffert, of Monona, Iowa, and Lewis Sheffert and Barney Sheffert, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and thirteen grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held from the Grace Methodist Elpiscopal Church, Rev J.B. Ackman being in charge of the services. Mr and Mrs. G.H. Gerrall sang: "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Sometime We'll Understand", with Miss Evelyn Belt at the organ. Those who served as pall bearers were: W.M. Morris, C.H. Blethins, T.V. Stevens. W.A. Stevens, Geo. Hill and Frank Rathben. Her burial was at the Woodlawn cemetery, of Oelwein.


 

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