DEW, Janet 1853-1930
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/25/2015 at 10:01:36
Mrs. George Dew Died Friday At Reinbeck
She Was A Continuous Resident of County 52 Years
Mrs. George Dew died at her home at Reinbeck last Friday following an illness of many months. When the family became alarmed over her final illness she was taken to the Methodist hospital in Des Moines. She received some relief at the hospital but medical care and science could not bring about a permanent cure.
Mrs. Dew came to county fifty-two years ago and remained a continuous resident here up to the time of her death. Following her marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Dew resided on their farm in Washington township and moved from there fifteen years ago to spend their days of retirement at Reinbeck. Of her large family of eight children she was the first to answer the final summons.
Funeral services were held at Reinbeck Monday afternoon and they were very largely attended.
Janet Gardiner was born at Hibbert, in the county of Perth, and province of Ontario, Canada, September 9, 1853, and quietly passed from this life at her late home in Reinbeck, Iowa, on April 18, 1930. She had thus attained an age of 76 years, 7 months and 9 days.
In the spring of 1878, Janet came with her father to Grundy county, Iowa, and was united in marriage on July 10 of that year to George Dew with whom she continued to live in happy fellowship for more than 50 years until the marriage bond was dissolved by death.
Eight children came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dew, all of whom are living and all of whom were privileged to be with their mother frequently during her last illness. These children are William, Margaret, Anne, Agnes, John, Martha, Jeanette and Elizabeth.
On July 10, 1928, Mr. and Mrs. Dew celebrated their golden wedding at their home at which time the joy of the occasion was enhanced by the presence of all their children with their families and by many other relatives and friends. This was unusual, considering the size of the family circle and that some came from far away homes but it bore eloquent testimony to the esteem in which Mr. and Mrs. Dew were held by their friends and to the fond affection of their children which neither time nor distance could weaken.
Besides being survived by her husband and her eight children with their families, in which are numbered 13 grandchildren, Mrs. Dew is survived by two brothers, Moses E. Gardiner, of Regina, Sask, Canada, and James F. Gardiner, of Detroit, Mich., and by a host of other relatives and friends.
For 37 years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Dew lived on their farm home in Grundy county. They removed from the farm to Reinbeck in 1915, where they have since resided.
Mrs. Dew held membership in the Presbyterian church of Morrison for many years and after the removal of the family to Reinbeck she transferred her membership to the United Presbyterian church of Reinbeck. Here she was a regular attendant in the Bible School and was a member of the Women's Missionary Society and always while her strength permitted was present at public worship both morning and evening. There was a beautiful harmony between her conduct and her teaching in this respect. She knew that however valuable good advice may be, it is more than doubled in value when it is reinforced by worthy example.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 April 1930, pg 14
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