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Ellen Jane West (Crowell)


Posted By: Patricia Strot (email)
Date: 12/2/2004 at 12:46:53


Death came Sunday evening at 7:45 to Mrs. Ella West, familiarly known among her neighbors and friends as Grandma West. Mrs. West has been failing in health all winter, but not until two weeks ago did her condition become at all alarming. She suffered a heart attack on Sunday morning, Feb. 18. Three days before she had been out visiting neighbors, but had not felt well on Friday and Saturday before she became ill. During the next two weeks she suffered three light strokes, but was conscious up until two days before her death.
Mrs. West is remembered by her friends and neighbors for her helpfulness and thoughtfulness in their sickness and misfortune. She was always among the first to arrive at homes where sickness or trouble entered. She took especial pleasure in her grandchildren and the other children of the neighborhood, who grew to know her as "Grandma."
Funeral services for Mrs. West were held at the Donovan Funeral Home at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. J. E. Feller in charge. Mrs. Iva Slagle, soloist sang two favorite hymns of the deceased. "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." Mrs. C. C. Gravatt accompanied at the piano. Burial was made at Lakeview cemetery beside the body of her husband who preceded her in death November 10, 1933.
Ellen Jane Crowell was born at Clarksville, Butler County, Iowa, April 13, 1862, and came to Spirit Lake, Iowa with her family, April 23, 1881, where she lived on a farm until her marriage, September 10, 1882 and to this union were born three children, Chas. A. West of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Mrs. Ethel Dumite of Balsam Lake, Wiscl and Mrs. Lillian Grove of Spirit Lake.
Mr. and Mrs. West and family lived in Arnolds Park for several years and in 1893 moved to a farm east of Arnolds Park. They farmed for several years until March 1, 1909, when they moved to Spirit Lake, where she has lived since.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her three children, a sister, Mrs. Emma Arp of Okoboji, then grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. West has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Grove at Spirit Lake, where she passed away on March 4, 1945, at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 19 days.
She united with the Methodist church as a girl. On moving to Spirit Lake, she united with Warner's Chapel church.
This obituary was found in an old family bible. It obviously was clipped out of a Spirit Lake local paper but unfortunately the name of the paper is not included in the clipped copy.


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