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Rosetta E. Westfall Mitchell (1838 - 1918)


Posted By: Karen Brewer (email)
Date: 4/21/2021 at 09:39:36

The Osceola Sentinel, Osceola, Iowa
September 26, 1918, Page 4

Mrs. George E. Mitchell.

Rosetta E. Westfall was born in Meigs County, Ohio, June 15, 1838, and died at her home in Weldon, on September 13, 1918, at the advanced age of fourscore years, two months, and eighteen days.

In 1851, she moved with her parents to Knox County, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. On April 7, 1864, she was united in marriage to George E. Mitchell and they continued to reside in Illinois until 1872 when they came to Iowa and located in Clarke and Decatur counties, where they lived the remainder of their lives with the exception of the years they spent on the circuit. The husband preceded the deceased to the City of Gold a little more than four months.

To Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell were born ten children, four dying in infancy, the Rev. Ralph E. Mitchell died May 24, 1918. The children surviving are, Mrs. Josie Keeran, William. T. and C. R. Mitchell, of Weldon; S. W. Mitchell, of Newton, and Mrs. Ollie S. Chenoweth, of Charleston, Illinois. Besides her immediate family, she leaves four sisters, three brothers, fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a multitude of friends to mourn her departure.

When but thirteen years of age, she made her profession of faith in Christ as her Savior and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and remained in that communion until transplanted to the church triumphant. She was ever true to the church and Kingdom of her Lord, in the home, in society, in the church and the parsonage, where she served with great fidelity and faithfulness with her husband while he was in the pastorate.

Outside of her family and immediate circle of friends, she will be affectionately remembered for her work of faith and the helpfulness she extended to others in her ministry of love. Her children revere her and rise up and call her blessed.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church, at Weldon Sunday afternoon at 2:30, the Rev. W. H. Larrick, pastor of the church officiated and assisted by the Rev. B. Thompson. Interment was made in the Hebron Cemetery.

The music was furnished by a quintette composed of Miss Eva Tansey, Miss Lillian Landis, Mrs. E. C. Peague, Harry Rosenberger, and Owen Evans. Miss Gerdie Kline accompanied them on the piano.

The pall-bearers, two brothers, two brothers-in-law and two nephews of the deceased were G. W. Westfall, W. D. Westfall, Dr. Enos Mitchell, L. A. Mitchell, George Mitchell, and Bert Mitchell.


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