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[Oxley, Amanda Eggers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 20, 1951     [p. 1]

Amanda Oxley Died December 13

Amanda Oxley, 84, died Dec. 13 after failing health for several years.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, conducted by Rev. Don Watkins, pastor of the Sharpsburg Methodist church. Burial was in Shearer cemetery in Page County.

[Oxley, Amanda Eggers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      February 7, 1952      p. 3

Amanda, eldest daughter of William and Mary Ann [Houser] Eggers, was born Sept. 2, 1867 in Knox County, Ill., and died Dec. 13, 1951.

When Amanda was 13 years of age her family moved to a farm north of Hopkins, Mo., and here the family of 13 children grew up and this was the family home until the death of their father in 1935.

In 1893 [August 29] Amanda was married to Frank [Pulaski] Oxley. They established their home north of New Market, and resided there until after his death in 1938. To them were born two sons, Glen and Leon, who survive.

There are seven grandchildren, Mrs. Pauline Smith, Rapid City, S. Dak.; Mrs. Vesta Andrew, Mrs. Audrey Miller, Lowell Oxley, all of near Clarinda; Mrs. Freda Bailey, of New Market; Paul Oxley of Sharpsburg, and Lloyd Oxley of Gravity. Also eight great grandchildren.

Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Walter Harris of New Market; Mrs. Eber Collins of Hopkins; Mrs. Clyde Melvin of Bedford; Mrs. Charles Cook of Lockwood, Mo.

Burial was in Shearer cemetery.

[Ridenour, Nancy Charlotte Maxwell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 6, 1950     [p. 1]

Mrs. Ridenour Died While Away Visiting

Mrs. Nancy Ridenour of Bedford died Tuesday afternoon, July 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. S. Orr in Red Oak, after a week’s illness.

The funeral services will be held at the Baptist Church in Bedford at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, July 7, conducted by Rev. Fred H. Cowles. Burial will be in the Shearer Cemetery, west of Siam.

Nancy Charlotte, daughter of Albert and Susan Maxwell, was born March 9, 1879 in Page County, near Braddyville, being aged 71 years, 3 months, 25 days at the time of her death.

On July 24, 1898 she was married to Jesse Ridenour at Clarinda, Iowa. Mr. Ridenour died September 3, 1940 at Bedford. They were the parents of five daughters and three sons. One son, [Alonzo] Delbert died in infancy.

The surviving children are: Mrs. Mabel Wolf of Thayer, Mrs. Myrtle Sobbing of Emerson, Orville Ridenour of Gravity, Rolla Ridenour of Red Oak, Mrs. Susie Herring of Bedford, Mrs. Elsie Fearnot of Bedford, Mrs. Pearl Orr of Red Oak.

There are also twenty-seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; one brother, Ota Maxwell of Maitland, Missouri; one sister, Mrs. Zella Smith of Sheridan, Wyoming.

Mrs. Ridenour was a resident of Taylor and Page counties all of her life, except ten years spent in Missouri. Recently she had been making her home near Bedford, visiting in Red Oak the past two weeks in her daughter's home.

[Shields, Fannie Mildred Reid]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      May 13, 1982

Services Today For Fannie Shields, 87

Funeral services for Fannie (Mrs. Frank) Shields, 87, a long-time Siam area resident, will be held today, May 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Siam Church of Christ. Mrs. Shields died Monday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Crawford, near Clarinda. Interment will be in Shearer Cemetery near Braddyville.

Mrs Shield has been the Bedford Times-Press correspondent for the Siam area since 1959. She also wrote Siam news for the Clarinda Herald Journal.

Mrs. Shields was a lifelong resident of the Siam area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank [Walter] Shields.

She is survived by a son, Reid Shields of Bedford, three daughters, Betty Crawford, Clarinda, Ruth Shreck, West Des Moines, and Billie Rollstin, Cape Coral, Fla., 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Merrick Funeral Home of Clarinda.

[Shields, Fannie Mildred Reid]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday       May 20, 1982

Final Rites Held May 13 For Fannie M. Shields

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Walter (Fannie Mildred) Shields, 87, of Siam, Ia., were held May 13 in the Church of Christ, Siam, with Rev. Carl Cummings and Rev. Loren Daly officiating. Mrs. Shields died May 10, 1982 at the home of her daughter, Betty and husband, Clark J. Crawford, rural route, Clarinda, Ia. Highland Chapter No. 523 Order of Eastern Star at Siam conducted services with interment at Shearer Cemetery.

Fannie Mildred Shields, daughter of Nathan Hugh and Maggie Dell Robbins Reid, was born March 2, 1895, one and one half miles west of Siam in Taylor County, Iowa.

Her mother died when she was four years old. She made her home with her grandmother Robbins, and learned many teachings from her grandmother that she practiced all her life.

She received her education in the country schools of Page and Taylor County and later attended College in Maryville, Missouri and Western Normal College in Shenandoah, Iowa. She taught rural school for several years in Page and Taylor County.

She was married to Frank Walter Shields, a near-by neighbor, on December 25, 1917 at Bedford, Ia., by Rev. Beryl Gilpin, of Blockton, Iowa, pastor of the Christian Church at Siam.

Four children were born to the couple: Reid, Ruth, Betty and Billie.

She was a member of the Christian Church at Siam; Association of Mothers of Iowa; Hospital Auxiliary at Clarinda; State Historical Society of Iowa; and Highland Chapter No. 523 Order of Eastern Star at Siam.

She lived in the Siam area all of her life with the exception of three years in Colorado and the first two years of her married life in Missouri.

Left to cherish her memory are: her   four   children: Reid and his wife, Waive, of Siam, Ruth Shreck and her husband, C. J. of West Des Moines, Iowa, Betty Crawford and her husband, Clark, of Clarinda, Billie Rollstin and her husband, Robert, of Cape Coral, Florida; ten grandchildren: Harriet Shields Clark, Frank Shields, Robert Shreck, Rebecca Shreck Glickman, John Crawford, Gloria Crawford Kline, George Crawford, Bobby Rollstin Gardner, Gerry Ann Rollstin and William Rollstin; 16 great grandchildren and the Ernest Gray family who were like her own.

Her love and concern for her family, friends and community and her faith in God was the plan of her life. She was ever interested in meeting new people and making new friends.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate loved one and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

[Shields, Reid Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      March 12, 1986     p. 6

Masonic services held for Reid Shields

Funeral services for Reid W. [alter] Shields, 67, of the Siam area were held Friday, March 7., 1986 at Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with Carl Cummings and Loren Daly officiating.

Masonic services were held Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Shields died March 4, 1986 at the Bethesda Care Center after several months of illness.

He was born December 21, 1918, in Nodaway County, Missouri, the son of Frank and Fannie (Reid) Shields. He was a farmer and Navy Veteran of WW II.

In May 1945, he married Waive Mason who survives. Also surviving are two children, Mrs. Lavell (Harriat) Clark, Auburn, Ne.; and Frank Shields, Bedford. There are five grandchildren. Sisters are Mrs. Clark (Ruth) Shreck, West Des Moines, Ia., Mrs. Clark (Betty) Crawford, Clarinda, and Mrs. Robert (Billie) Rollstin, Cape Coral, Florida.

Military services were held at Shearer Cemetery near Braddyville, Ia.