DINNES, Mary 1858-1938
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/28/2017 at 16:45:40
Resided in County 72 Years; Mrs. John Dinnes Died Wed.
Mrs. John Dinnes, who had resided in Grundy county continually for 72 years, died at her home in Melrose township last Wednesday. Death was due to a general decline resulting from advanced age. She had been confined to her bed the past two months. She was 81 years old.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Ivester church with the local pastor, Rev. Earl Frantz, officiating. Burial was by the side of the husband in the Ivester church cemetery.
Mrs. Dinnes' maiden name was Mary Sheller, daughter of Samuel and Lydia Sheller. She was born in Carroll county, Ill., May 2, 1858, and passed into the other world Dec. 16 at her home in the Ivester community, at the ripe age of nearly 81 years.
When 9 years old she came with her parents to Iowa where the family located in Grundy county. She has lived the remainder of her life in Melrose township. The last 54 years of her life were spent on the home place in the Ivester community.
Mrs. Dinnes was a member of a family of 8 children, all of whom survive her except a brother who died in infancy and her oldest sister, who died in June, 1934.
On October 20, 1881, she was united in marriage to John Dinnes. To this union were born 5 children; one son died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Emma Hoffa, passed away 20 years ago. Her husband preceded her on Nov. 27, 1925.
To mourn her loss, she is survived by her children, Orla, Ralph and Mae, all of the Ivester community. Also by three brothers, Harry, George and Frank Sheller, all of Ivester, and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Button of Marshalltown and Mrs. Katie Schwarck of Cedar Falls, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Many more distant relatives and a great host of friends who have learned to love her during her many years of residence.
Mrs. Dinnes has been a consistent Christian mother and citizen. She became a member of the Ivester Church of the Brethren in her early years of life. In this fellowship she has always been happy and was ever ready to give of her life for the church and the Christ whom she loved.
In her quiet way Mrs. Dinnes went about her work with the spirit of the true pioneer, which she truly was. She was a marvelous mother, a splendid neighbor and a friend to all who knew her. It was always her delight to be of service wherever the opportunity was presented. In the past several months her health had been gradually failing, incident to her age. During these months she was cared for by her loved ones with the utmost devotion. Nothing has been spared that would tend to make her life pleasanter. To this devoted care she has responded with a deep appreciation. She was designed to life as it came and was never known to complain of things as they came. Her beautiful spirit will rest as a beautiful benediction on her loved ones as well as all who knew her.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 December 1938, pg 12
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