Obituaries
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[ADAMS, NICHOLAS DWIGHT]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, November 23, 1939, p. 4
Former Lenox Resident Buried Here Wednesday.
Funeral services were held at the Dunn Funeral Home in Des Moines Wednesday, Nov. 15, for Nicholas Adams, 61, who passed away Sunday evening at the First Federated Church in Des Moines following a heart attack.

Mr. Adams took sick during the church service and left his seat near the close of the service, but collapsed before reaching the door.

Mr. Adams was a former resident of Lenox and operated a drug store here where the Red & White store is now located. He left Lenox 30 years ago and since that time had been employed as salesman for a drug company, making his home at Hotel Elliott in Des Moines.

His body was brought to Lenox and burial was made in the Lenox cemetery. Grave services were in charge of the Rev. E . [Collins?]. Surviving are his wife and two brothers.

 

[ADAMS, THOMAS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, April 25, 1908, p. 9
Thomas Adams for many years an honored citizen of Mercer Township, and at one time a member of the board of supervisors of Adams County, died at Excelsior Spring, Mo., last Monday of yellow jaundice, aged 61 years. The deceased was born near Pittsburg, Pa., went to Illinois when a young man where he enlisted as a member of Co. K, 107th Illinois Infantry and served until Aug. 11, 1865. In 1868 he was married to Miss Mary Barton who, together with their five children, survive him. In 1882 Mr. Adams moved to this county and settled on a farm near Lenox where he resided until about three years ago when he moved to Lenox which has since been his home. The disease which caused his death came on a few months ago and he gradually grew worse until relieved by death. The remains were brought to Lenox where the funeral and burial took place. The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Mr. Conrey of the M. E. church assisted by Rev. A. L. Davidson of the United Presbyterian church.

[ADAMS, THOMAS]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, April 23, 1908
Thos. Adams, one of the pioneers of Lenox, died Monday morning at Excelsior Springs, where he had gone for treatment. The funeral was held at Lenox yesterday afternoon. The deceased was for two terms member of the board of supervisors of Adams county and for years has been prominent in business circles in Lenox. During the war he served in the Union army and has taken great interest in all G. A. R. affairs. He was a man whom all who knew him respected and his death was the cause of sincere sorrow.

 

[AGNEW, CHARLOTTE "LOTTIE" FOSTER]
Creston Daily Advertiser, Tuesday, February 13, 1923, p. 8
Funeral of Mrs. Agnew to Be Held at Lenox

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Agnew, whose death took place at her home at the Lenox Hotel, will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon.

Mrs. Agnew was known to quite a number of Creston people, some of whom went to Lenox this afternoon to attend the obsequies. The death of Mrs. Agnew took place Sunday.

 

[AMBROSE, ANNA PRESTON]
Creston Daily Advertiser, Saturday, March 17, 1928, [p. 1]
Mrs. Anna Ambrose, a resident of Creston since 1919, died at her home at 613 North Maple street early this morning following an extended illness. She was 73 years old and has been in ill health for the past five years.

Mrs. Ambrose, who was born in Davenport, formerly lived near Lenox. She is survived by two sons, Clarence, of Kent, and Elmer, of Creston.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church at 1:30 Monday afternoon. The services will be conducted by Rev. C. W. Graham. Interment will be at Lenox. From 10 to 1 o'clock on Monday the body will lie in state at the Deitrick chapel. The casket will not be opened at the church.

 

[AMBURN, FRANK]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, January 24, 1974, [p. 1]
Frank Amburn Dies At 94
Frank Amburn, 94, died Tuesday afternoon at the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Vinton.

Mr. Amburn was born June 26, 1879, in Benton County. He was the son of William and Anna Westcoatt Amburn and was the last of a family of five. He had been in the tiling business and also farmed in the Lenox vicinity.

His wife, the former Edith Fisk, to whom he was married Dec. 20, 1909, died in 1949. An infant son also preceded him in death.

Survivors are three daughters, Verda Austin of Elkhorn, Wis., Inez Van Arkel of Pella and Lela Teatsworth of Lenox, six grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 1 p. m. Friday at the Larkin-Bender funeral home in Lenox with Rev. Richard Van Tyle officiating.

Music was furnished by Roberta Lockhart.

Bearers were Harley Austin, Paul Lavin, Case Van Arkel, Homer Teatsworth, Richard Teatsworth and Ray Boyer.

Burial was in the West Fairview cemetery at Lenox.

 

 

 

[BLAKE, LESLIE JEAN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, July 24, 1958, [p. 1]
Blake Child Died At Iowa City Sunday
Leslie Jean Blake, 16-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Blake of New Market, died at 6 p. m. Sunday at University hospital in Iowa City.

She entered Municipal hospital at Clarinda Friday with an extremely high fever and was flown to Iowa City Sunday afternoon. X-rays were taken at Iowa City. The child had been in the Municipal hospital about a month ago.

Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Sidney and George; and by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Blake and Mr. McKee of New Market.

 

[BOYER, MYRTLE CLAUDINE SWARTZ]
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, May 11, 2008
CLAUDINE BOYER - Funeral Services for Claudine Boyer, age 86 from Lenox, Iowa, formerly of Corning, Iowa was held Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at the Christian Church, Lenox, Iowa, with Burial at East Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. Claudine died Saturday, May 10th, 2008 at Nebraska Methodist Medical Center, Omaha Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to the Christian church in Lenox.

Claudine Boyer was born May 22,1921 in Taylor County, Iowa daughter of Claude Ray Swartz and Ethel May Hill. She was a homemaker and Mother. She worked at the grocery store in Gravity, as a cook at the Main Street Cafe in Bedford, and as a janitor for Lenox Public Schools and was a member of the Christian Church in Lenox, Iowa. Claudine and Willard Elroy "Bill" Boyer were married on May 22, 1938 near Lenox, Iowa and to this union three children were born; Son, Ray (wife Sandra) Boyer, Dallas Center, Iowa; daughters: Barbara (husband Duane) Harms, Brookings, South Dakota, Linda (husband Richard) Nicholson, Corning, Iowa; nephew, Larry; (wife Diane) Swartz, Early, Iowa; brother-in-law, Marvin "Wig (wife Betty) Boyer, Clearfield, Iowa. Nine grandchildren, six step grand children, and 14 great grandchildren, and nine step great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill in 1996; brother, Lloyd Swartz in 2002; son-in-law, Ronnie R. Reed in 1993; daughter-in-law, Denise Boyer in 1997.

 

[BUTLER, ORPHA ESTHER RAY]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, February 22, 1962, [p. 1]
Orpha Butler Dies
Mrs. Charlie Butler, 73, died Thursday afternoon Feb. 15 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Merle Ferguson in Long Beach, Cal. She had been visiting there since November. She leaves her only daughter, Reva, son-in-law Merle, 1 granddaughter, Sheila Ramos and her husband, Tom of Hobart, Ind., a grandson Robert of Long Beach, a sister Edith Thomas of Creston, also nieces and nephews. Her husband died about 7 years ago. A son, Kenneth, was killed in WW 2. The funeral and burial were in Long Beach Monday.

 

[CORDES, CHARLES FREDRICK]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, July 19, 1951, p. 11
Friends here were shocked Monday morning to hear of the death of Charles Cordes of south of town who fell from the porch, breaking his neck. Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time (Tuesday).

 

[CORDES, CHARLES FREDRICK]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, July 26, 1951, p. 6
Charles Fredrick Cordes – Charles Fredrick Cordes was born in Taylor County, Ia., on the farm where he lived all his life, on August 25, 1875. He was the son of Fredrick and Dora Cordes.

He was married on June 4th, 1921 to Miss Helen Greives [Grieves] of Nodaway, by the Rev. W. F. Throw, and is survived by his widow.

Early in life, Mr. Cordes became a member of the Evangelical church. He has been an invalid for many years and was confined to his home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p. m. at the Sutphen funeral home in Villisca, conducted by the Rev. M. A. Robenson. The singing was by Mrs. Harold Everett, accompanied by Mrs. Martin Taylor, and in charge of flowers were Mrs. Cecil Peterson and Mrs. Wm. Repass. The pallbearers were Cecil Peterson, Jack Moore, Gene Murphy, Gerald Shipley, Homer Houck and Henry Moore. Burial was made in the Guss cemetery.

 

[CORDES, HELEN GRIEVES]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 5, 1952, p. 4
Mrs. Charles Cordes – Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Cordes were held Saturday at 2:00 p. m. at the Sutphen funeral home in Villisca, conducted by the Rev. M. A. Robeson. Mrs. Cordes died Wednesday, May 28, at her home southeast of Villisca.

Helen Greaves [Grieves] was born Jan. 17, 1874 in Taylor Co., Iowa and was 78 years old at her death. She lived all her life in Taylor County and in Nodaway.

She was married June 4, 1921, to Charles Cordes who preceded her in death in July 1951. She is survived by a sister, Miss Maggie Greaves [Grieves] who is in the Community hospital in Clarinda, recovering from a broken hip.

Singing at the funeral was by Cecil Weaver, accompanied by Mrs. Martin Taylor and the pallbearers were Homer Houck, Wm. Repass, Russell Farrens, Wesley Johnson, C. E. Murphy and Cecil Peterson. Interment was in the family lot in the Guss cemetery.

 

 

 

[DRANEY, ELLA ZAN MCNEIL]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 18, 1935, p. 7
Mrs. Ella Drainey Died Saturday
Mrs. Ella Drainey, 78, died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Max Farley in Chicago. The body was brought to Lenox and the funeral services were held at the Arnold Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. Randels of the Church of Christ, of which she was a member, in charge. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Drainey leaves two daughters, Mrs. M. [ax] Farley of Chicago and Mrs. H. Killion of Lenox. Her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Kate Davidson, preceded her in death. Mrs. Drainey had been a resident of Lenox for many years.
[Note: Her last name is spelled Draney on her gravestone.]

 

[DRANEY, JAMES M.]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, November 8, 1906 p.  4
James Drainey [Draney], the hotel man at Lenox, died [words missing] after a lingering illness.

 

[DRANEY, JAMES M.]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, November 15, 1906, p. 2
--- James M. Draney, born July 20, 1853; died November 7, 1906; aged 53 years, 3 months, 17 days. Funeral services will be held at the late home Friday, November 9th, 1906, at 3 o'clock p. m. conducted by Rev. A. L. Davidson, assisted by Rev. McCormick. Interment in Fairview cemetery. --- Lenox New Times

 

[ECKELS, ELIZABETH STEPHENS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, November 29, 1924, p. 3
SALEM
With much sadness folks of this community received the news of the sudden passing away of Mrs. Tom Eckels of Lenox, an old resident of this community at the Creston Hospital on Monday morning. Funeral services will be held some time Thursday. Friends here extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

 

[ECKELS, ELIZABETH STEPHENS]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, December 6, 1924, p. 6
Passing Mrs. Eckels. Mother—An Appreciation by Arthur Raymond Eckels, Plainsboro, N. J.

Elizabeth Stephens Eckels, beloved wife of James Thomas Eckels, born March 4, 1854, died Nov. 24, 1924. So might read an epitaph on cold marble, designed to mark the last resting place of all that was mortal of an immortal life. To continue generations, as they enter the Silent City of the dead---"God's Acre"---this will announce that one who bore that name and come upon the state of life, had played her part for a fraction over seventy years, and then had gone on, leaving the part for another to play.

To those who knew her, no epitaph, however beautiful or complete, could add anything to those who knew her best, praise would be meaningless and no doubt fulsome.

Nevertheless, I am tempted, if not for the perusal of others, at least for her an appreciation. Perhaps it may be [?]  to write, not an ordinary obituary but the [?] sons and daughters of wonderful mothers and perhaps [?]

It is a terrible thing to lose a loved and loving mother, but it is more terrible never to have had one whose going left a sense of tragedy and irreparable loss. God pity and guard the motherless child. It is only when we shut our eyes to present overwhelming loss and think back over all the years God loaned her, one of His choicest, we are sure, to us, that we are able to say: "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

She possessed, in an unusual degree the true, brooding, mother instinct. Four sons and three daughters filled her arms and heart. No one of them ever felt favored above the others. Each was equally welcome from the hour of birth to the day God called her home. No detail was too small, no task too hard for her to attempt in all that pertained to their welfare. If we do not reach the mark it will not be because she did not aim high for us.

She did not covet for wealth or social position or fame, but she did desire with all the strength of her being that we should be honest, industrious, intelligent, God-fearing men and women, fit to take our places in the home, the community, the life of the nation and of the church.

No shadow od disgrace has fallen upon the home which she helped to establish in full partnership with father, who survives her, and whose industry, native wisdom and influence went hand-in-hand with hers. Together they toiled and sacrificed that we might have a fair chance—that opportunities, which they as pioneers in Iowa, had been denied, might be ours. They lived to see the seven children grow to maturity, marry, establish homes and become self-respecting and respected. All the sons and daughters, and also the three men and four women who joined the family circle through marriage, are members of and active workers in the church. All these are glad to testify to the reality of her religion which expressed itself naturally in devotion, and which, in season and out of season, resulted in tireless service for others.

The enormity of her labor amazed one who contemplates it. "A lean hound for a long race," she used to say, and in common with most farm wives. In pioneer days, she found time and strength to do chores, care for the poultry, work in the garden and in emergency in the harvest of fruit and corn. She was never happier than amid the confusion and work of a family or community gathering---cool, uniformly cheerful and mindful of others, she reveled in the social nature of these affairs to which she looked forward and the memory of which she cherished.

Hers was no spasmodic interest. She belonged to the always small company of those whom every minister learns to depend upon for every occasion She literally "lost her life in service." Again and again endangering her health by overworking and true to the teaching of Christ she "Saved her life" for over seventy years. Dependability is so pronounced as to have become almost a family trait—inherited and taught by precept and example.

Apart from the loss sustained by the family circle, which is immeasurable, the church and the cause of Christ lose a prized worker, God waits now for volunteers to take her place. When He buries His workers, His work must go on. With Christ like impartially she sought out the sick, the lonely, the friendless, the sorrowing. She took flowers, fruit and good cheer to the sick room and wove wreaths for the casket s and graves of the dead. When she was gone we found many partly finished tasks---all of them planned for others. A quilt on which she had worked three days before; a doll dress pattern pinned to a piece of cloth; a long list of addresses for whom Christmas tokens were chose. It is the lives like her that make Christianity a success in spite of controversy and sinful division I the church.

She was never old in spirit and did not seem old in years. One reason for that was association with young people in whom she never lost interest. She was a mother at 21, a grandmother at 41, and a great grandmother at 61. Thirteen living grandchildren and two great grandchildren claimed not her love in vain. She never had a carpet too good to play on, no furniture was more important than children, as Rev. Homer Caskey said in his beautiful tribute at the funeral service, "the noise of children never seemed to disturb her."

No words can express my own debt to her. As a minister, I can but ask God to let a portion of her mantle fall on me. In fact my very ministry is a reflection of her life, for in an emotional crisis when I would have turned aside from my preparation, it was her counsel which steadied me, and her pride and interest in my work have been a constant stimulus. As I think of all the problems we face in these days and ponder a solution, I can think of no more effective prayer than "God give us more mothers like ours."

 

[ECKELS, JAMES THOMAS "TOM"]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, March 1, 1934, [p. 1]
J. T. Eckels Died Friday at Age of 87 Years
James Thomas Eckels, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Simmons Eckels was born in Egypt, Ohio January 28, 1848, and died at his late home near Lenox, February 23, 1934, in his 87th year. He was one of a family of 9 sons and 2 daughters of whom only 3 brothers survive him, Daniel of Shenandoah, Alexander of Lenox and Samuel of Toledo, Ohio.

This family of pioneers left Barnesville, Ohio in 1865, the day after the assassination of President Lincoln. They came to Adams County, locating near Corning and later purchasing a farm in Grant township.

Tom, as he was known to most people, was married to Elizabeth Stephens on October 7, 1874 and to them were born 4 sons and 3 daughters, all of whom survive, each having married and established homes of their own. They are in order of their birth, Mrs. Lillian Scott of Grand Island, Nebraska; Rev. A. [rthur] Raymond of Plainsboro, N. J.; Mrs. Annie O'Riley of New Richland, Minn., Edmond E. [thylbert] of Greeley, Colo.; Warren E. [llsworth] of Lenox; H. [orace] Clyde of Oak Park, Ill., and Mrs. Dora Chute of Corning, Iowa. There are 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren living. Mr. Eckels united with the Lenox Presbyterian Church February 10, 1895, having previously been a member of the Prescott Baptist church of which his father was a Deacon for 46 years. He was ordained an elder of the Lenox church, the 8th to be chosen by the congregation, on October 17, 1897 and served continuously for 37 years. He was for many years Superintendent of the Sunday school and at different times teacher of a class.

Mrs. Elizabeth Eckels, also actively interested in the work of the church, died November 24, 1924, a few weeks after their Golden Wedding. They were among the oldest residents of Adams County.

He owned the farm where he died, for 57 years, breaking most of it from the virgin prairie with oxen and putting every fence, tree and building on it. Even during his residence in Lenox he was frequently at the farm, which has been operated by Ed Eckels, Floyd Chute and Warren Eckels since he gave up active management of it. With the latter he made his home since his wife's death.

At one time he served as county supervisor and was always interested in every local movement of the community. He saw his younger sisters and brothers, his own children and 7 of his grandchildren go to Grant District No. 4 and when a new building was erected he bought the old one and moved it to the farm where it still stands.

The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, conducted by the pastor, Rev. James Douthitt. A quartet, Fred Barrans, Helen Leckliter, Margaret Wurster and W. C. Lewis sang three selections. Interment was in Fairview cemetery. All members of the family were present and the four sons and two brothers, Dan and Alex, served as pallbearers.

 

[ECKELS, LLEWELLYN WILFRED "LEW"]
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, October 13, 2004
LEW ECKELS - Funeral services for Lew Eckels, age 88, of Lenox, who died Saturday, October 2, 2004, were held Tuesday, October 5, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lenox United Presbyterian   Church.

Interment was held in the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be directed to the Lenox United Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Lew Eckels was born October 13, 1915 in Raymore, Missouri the son of Warren Elsworth Eckels and Eleanor Osla Huxtable Eckels. At a young age, Lew and his family moved to the Lenox area to live on a farm four miles north of Lenox. He attended rural school and later graduated from the Lenox High School with the Class of 1932 and then attended one year of Junior College in Creston. On August 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to his 'high school sweetheart' Verlee Gordon, in Boulder, Colorado. Lew continued to help his family farm and in 1938, he and Verlee built a new home on the family farm. They continued to live on this farm, which had been designated a 'Century Farm' having been in the family for over 125 years, until 2003 when they moved to the Vintage Park Apartments.

Lew loved farming and the lifestyle it provided. He was a steward of the land, active in tiling, terracing and crop rotation. He enjoyed raising livestock and was about as happy as anyone could get in life just being a farmer! Lew was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing when time allowed and going to the mountains. He also spent time woodworking, always being very handy and able to fix just about anything that needed fixing. Even in later years, Lew's memory was always sharp. He enjoyed being around people and was always willing to help his fellow neighbor.    He enjoyed sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan. Lew was a 'quick witted man' who always had a joke or comment for most any situation! He was a member of    the    Lenox United Presbyterian Church where he was always active in church activities and serving on various committees. He was also a member of the American Breeder's Service.

Left to cherish Lew's memory are his loving wife Verlee Eckels of Lenox; three children, Carole Lea Kraber and husband Don of Ankeny, Iowa; Jean Spicer and husband Doug of Atlantic; and Dean Eckels and wife Colette of Littleton, Colorado; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren along with many other family members and friends.

Preceding Lew in death are his parents, a daughter Helen Louise in 1982; a brother Don Eckels and a sister Flora Saccaro.

 

 [FARLEY, MAXWELL F. "MAX"]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, February 23, 1961, [p. 1]
Max Farley Dies
Max Farley, 75, of Corning died at 5:15 a. m. Tuesday at the veterans' Hospital in Omaha. He had been a surgical patient there. He is a well-known farmer and stock buyer having formerly lived near Lenox.

Survivors: His widow Sarah; 1 sister, Mrs. Jet Vincent of Des Moines; a daughter-in-law, Pearl Hamilton of Creston.

Funeral services will be Friday, 1:30 p. m. at Roland Funeral Home in Corning. Burial in Lenox cemetery.

 

[FARLEY, SADIE DRANEY]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), February 21, 1974, p. 7
Mrs. Sadie D. Farley - Sadie Draney Farley was born in Onawa, Iowa, January 8, 1885. She came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Draney and her sisters, Katherine Draney Davidson and Pearl Draney Hamilton, to Lenox, Iowa, in July 1898. It was there that she became a member of the Lenox Christian Church and Lenox Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Maxwell Farley in 1920. They made their home in Omaha, Nebraska until Max's business took them to Chicago, where they lived until retiring to their farm in Adams County, Iowa. In 1960, they moved into Corning.

Mrs. Farley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her two sisters.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Julette Vincent of Des Moines, the Roland family and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Roland Funeral Home in Corning, February 11, at 1:30 p. m. with Christine Hershberger officiating. Interment was in the West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

Organ music was provided by Donna Peckham. Pallbearers were Byron Stanley, Dr. G. L. Bain, Hylton Roberts, Burdette Harrison, Floyd Whitmore and Harold Roush.

[FLEMING, MABEL SEAMANS]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, April 12, 1960, [p. 1]
Lenox --- Mrs. Mabel Fleming, 87, a longtime resident of Lenox, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clifford Buxton, near Creston, Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Lenox at 2 p. m. Wednesday. Rev. Burton C. Collier, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery. Her body is at the Bender funeral home in Lenox.

Mrs. Fleming is survived by two sons, Horace of Ellensburg, Wash., and Wendell of Adel; a daughter, Mrs. Clifford Buxton of near Creston; and seven grandchildren. Her husband, Milo, and a son, Marvin, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Fleming was an active member of the Lenox Methodist church.

 

[FLEMING, MILO ROSS]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, November 16, 1944, [p. 1]
Milo Ross Fleming - Milo Ross Fleming, son of Harriet and Amos Fleming, was born June 13, 1873 in Starke County, Illinois. When he was about one year old his parents moved to Taylor County, Iowa where he continued to live until the time of his death, Nov. 10th at the age of 71 years.

He graduated from Clearfield high school and was for a time a rural schoolteacher.

He was married in 1900 to Mabel Seamans. For 37 years he has been a resident of Lenox and during most of this time was employed as a rural mail carrier. Since he was 15 years of age he has been a member of the Methodist church.

Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, Harvey G. of Portland, Oregon and Lawrence C. of Bend, Oregon; one sister, Miss Luella Fleming of McMinnville, Oregon, having recently preceded him; one daughter, Mrs. Clifford Buxton of near Kent; three sons Marvin of Lenox, Horace of Bremerton, Wash. and Wendell of Mac Dill Field, Florida. The grandchildren include four grandsons and three granddaughters. To all of these he leaves the inspiration of a life of genuine Christian citizenship.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church, the Rev. J. H. Machlan in charge. Interment in Lenox cemetery.

 

[FULLERTON, PEARL STELLA REED]
Creston Daily Advertiser, Monday, February 9, 1925, [p. 1]
Mrs. P. Fullerton Buried At Lenox
The funeral of Mrs. Powell Fullerton, who died Thursday at her home in Idaho Falls, was held this afternoon at the Methodist church at Lenox. The funeral party arrived in Creston on No. 6 this morning and then went from here to Lenox, this afternoon.

Mrs. Fullerton was a daughter of D.[avid]  B. [liss] Reed, formerly of Lenox and a niece of Mrs. J. K. Donovan, 400 South Birch Street.

 

[GRAY, JOHN LARIMER "JACK"]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, July 16, 2008, p. 3
John "Jack" Gray, 76, of Lenox, previously of Bondurant, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Taylor House in Des Moines on July 7th, 2008. A graveside memorial is planned at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, July 19th at Fairview West Cemetery in Lenox followed by an open house through the rest of the day at Jack and Judy Gray's home.

Born October 26, 1931 to Perry I. and Bernice Larimer Gray, he was the sixth of seven brothers. After graduating from high school in 1949, he served in the Army Medical Corp form 1951-1953 during the Korean War. He returned home to Des Moines then married Judy Harding, also from Lenox, in 1960. They made their home with their two children in Bondurant. Jack worked for Western International lawn Equipment Company in Des Moines and the Bondurant-Farrar School system before retiring and returning to Lenox in 1998.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers (Bill, Dick, Bob, Jim and Charlie) and a nephew, Jim Gray.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, his children Jeff (Janice) Gray of Bondurant and Jennifer (Alan) Jacobs of Des Moines; four grandchildren, Jeremey, Alex, Jessica and Jodi; a brother Tom (Kay) Gray of Lincoln, NE and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.

 

[GRIM, EMMA JANE]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, February 29, 1960, [p. 1]
Emma Grim, 94, Dies at Lenox
Lenox – Emma Grim, 94, died Sunday at the Lenox rest home. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Bender funeral home in Lenox. Rev. Robert Duckett will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Miss Grim was a pioneer resident of the Lenox vicinity. She was preceded in death by a sister in 1958. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

 [GRIEVES, AGNES]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, May 21 1913, p. 6
Agnes Grieves died last night at her home several miles south of town, of throat trouble of long standing, at the age of 71 years. She lived on a farm with her sister, Mary, adjoining that of their brother, Henry. Arrangements for the funeral are not completed as we go to press.

 

 [GRIEVES, EMILY CUTBIRTH]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 7, 1932, p. 16
Obituary – Emily Cutbirth, daughter of Benjamin and Catharine Cutbirth, was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, April 22, 1842, where she spent the early part of her life with an elder brother, her parents having passed away when she was a small child. She was converted at the age of 17 years and united with the M. E. church. She was married to Robert Grieves April 6th, 1869, at Burlington, Iowa, who preceded her in death February 25, 1909. In 1875 they came to Taylor County, where they resided on a farm until 1898, when they moved to Nodaway, Iowa, where they spent the remainder of their days. To this union two children were born, Margaret at home, and Mrs. Chas. Cordes, living near Guss, Iowa. Mrs. Grieves passed away Tuesday evening, March 29, 1932, at the age of 89 years and 11 months. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Lee of the Presbyterian church of Nodaway in charge, assisted by Rev. Frank Throw of Manilla, Iowa. The songs, "Asleep in Jesus" and "Nearer My God To Thee" were sung by Rev. L. O. Lee. Many beautiful floral gifts testified the sympathy of their many friends and relatives. Pall bearers were Christ Kohli, Steve Arnott and W. D. Jarman of Nodaway and Henry Freuck, Roy Wills and Harry Himiller of Guss, Iowa. Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Manning Moore and Grover Moore of Ravenwood, Mo.; Newt Moore of Creston, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Ferrin and daughter of Gravity; Rev. and Mrs. Frank Throw of Manilla, Iowa; Mrs. Lizzie Reichardt and son, Chester, and daughter, Ethel of Corning, Iowa, and Mrs. Tom Sparger of Villisca. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.

[Note: Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1759-1996, gives the marriage date as April 6, 1870.]

 

[GRIEVES, MARGARET "MAGGIE"]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 12, 1952, p. 7
Miss Maggie Greives [Grieves], aged 81 years passed away at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda at one o'clock Sunday morning. Funeral services are being held this Tuesday afternoon at the Sutphen Funeral home in Villisca, with Rev. Robeson officiating. Interment in the Guss cemetery. Her sister, Mrs. Helen Cordes, passed away on May 28th, just ten days ago.

[GRIEVES, MARGARET "MAGGIE"]
Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, June 12, 1952, p. 6
Margrett Grieves – Funeral services were held here Tuesday, June 10, at the Sutphen funeral home for Margrett Grieves, 81, who died Sunday, June 8, at the Municipal hospital in Clarinda.

The services were conducted by the Rev. M. A. Robeson and the singing was by Mrs. Harold Everett, accompanied by Mrs. H. H. Nordyke. Pallbearers were Henry Kernen, Cecil Peterson, Russell Farrens, Homer Houck, Wm. Repass and Wm. Shipley and burial was in the Guss cemetery.

Margrett Grieves, daughter of Robert and Emily Cutberth Grieves, was born in Henry County, Iowa, Dec. 29, 1870 and moved with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa, when she was a small child. There she lived with her parents and her sister Helen until she was 20 years old when they moved to Nodaway. She continued to reside there until the last four years of her life, which, due to her ill health, she spent in the home of her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cordes, both of whom preceded her in death. Her sister died only last May 29.

Margrett joined the Presbyterian Church early in life. For many years she made her livelihood as a seamstress. Her parents died many years ago and she was the last surviving member of her family.
[Note: Her first name is spelled Margaret on her headstone.]

 

[GRIEVES, MARY]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 24, 1944, p. 5
Guss
Found Dead Monday
Miss Mary Grieves, 84, was found dead Monday afternoon in a coal shed at her home northwest of Guss. She had been a resident of the Guss community for more than 50 years, where she lived alone. Her death was due to a heart attack according to the Taylor County coroner, who made an investigation. Funeral services were held at the Stephens Funeral Home in Villisca Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in the Guss cemetery.

 

[GRIEVES, ROBERT]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, March 10, 1909, [p. 1]
Robert Grieves who was taken to the hospital at Clarinda some time ago from Nodaway died Thursday evening February 25th at that place. His death was due to sunstroke, which he received May 22, 1863, when the 25th Iowa Infantry, of which he was a member, took part in the charge upon Vicksburg. Mr. Grieves was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, March 9, 1840, and moved to Taylor County in 1875, where he resided until 1899 when he moved to Nodaway. He leaves a wife and two daughters to morn his loss. The remains were brought to Nodaway and the funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, Sunday morning, February 28th, conducted by Rev. T. W. Throw, assisted by Rev. C. A. Carlson.

[GRIEVES, ROBERT]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, March 4, 1909, p. 5
Guss News

The body of Robert Greeves [Grieves] was brought here last Sunday for interment. Mr. Greeves [Grieves] formerly lived not far from Guss.



 

 

[HARRISON, DALE EVERETT]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, July 16, 1959, p. 8
Dale Everett Harrison – Dale Everett Harrison, son of Laban and Elizabeth Harrison, was born in Mercer township, Adams County, Iowa, April 30, 1895, where he spent his entire life, and passed away at the Rosary hospital in Corning, Iowa, July 8, 1959, aged 64 years, 2 months and 8 days.

He was united in marriage to Mary McGaffin on May 25, 1918. To this union was born three sons, Leodale, Vernon Arthur and Richard Eugene. His wife preceded him in death in 1940 and his son Vernon in 1933. He was united in marriage September 3, 1942 to Nellie Richie.

Besides his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren, Judith, David, Richard and Andria Harrison, he leaves two sisters, Minnie Schafroth of Corning and Annie Riley of Prescott; also a lot of friends and relatives.

His parents and three brothers, Fred, Edward and Laban also preceded him in death.

Early in life he was united with the Christian church in Corning.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Roland Funeral Home in Corning, conducted by the Rev. Harold Engleman, pastor of the Grace Baptist church.

Pallbearers were Raymond Richie, Harry Schaffer, John Groff, Carl Moore, Earl McGaffin and Mart Miller.

Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[HARRISON, EDWARD JOHN]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, February 21, 1917, p. 5

Edward John Harrison was born in Castletown, Isle of Man, August 17, 1842], and died at the home of his brother, Laban Harrison, in Adams County, Iowa, Thursday, February 15, 1917, aged 73 years, 5 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held at the home of his brother, Saturday, conducted by Rev. Jasper Weber, of Prescott, and interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Mr. Harrison came to America with his brother, Samuel, in 1888, and made his home with this brother for a few years, then went to live with his brother, Laban, with whom he resided at the time of his death, having spent about 25 years in the family. After living in this country for several years Mr. Harrison made a return voyage to his homeland as a farewell visit to his friends and relatives there. He was the oldest of eight children, two sisters and three brothers departing this life before him. He is survived by Kezia Hall, Liverpool, England; William Harrison, of Castletown, Isle of Man, and Laban Harrison, of Prescott. Mr. Harrison was never married.
[Note: His marker and Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1607-1910, give his year of birth as 1843.]

 

[HARRISON, FREDERICK TYLER "FRED"]
Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, November 29, 1916, p. 4

Frederick Tyler Harrison died at his home in Mercer Township, Friday, November 17, 1916, aged 39 years, 1 month and 10 days. Mr. Harrison had been ill for some time with diabetes. Funeral services were held at the Stringtown church Sunday, November 19th, conducted by Rev. Jasper Weber of the Prescott M. E. church and interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Mr. Harrison was born in Mercer Township, Adams County, Iowa, October 7, 1877. He was married March 5, 1902 to Miss Elizabeth Haggerty and to this union three children were born, Glen, Bernice and Burdette. Mr. Harrison leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Laban Harrison; three brothers, Edward, of Burlington Junction, Mo.; Laban Jr., of Omaha, Nebr., and Dale, who is still at home. There are also two sisters, Mrs. Wm. Schafroth and Mrs. George Riley, who reside in this community, and a host of neighbors and friends. Mr. Harrison was a kind husband, father and son, and a good neighbor and his presence in the community will be greatly missed.

 

[HARRISON, GLENN ELWOOD]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, September 6, 1945, p. 11

Dr. G. E. Harrison Who Commanded Army Hospital Overseas, Died Friday Lived At Mason City Since 1931

The shocking news of the sudden death of Dr. Glenn E. Harrison, of Mason City, Iowa, was received here last Saturday morning with the feeling of unbelief. Dr. Harrison had only recently visited friends and relatives here, and was returning to private practice in Mason City, in his former location, after serving with the armed forces in E. T. O., when death came suddenly from a heart attack.

The following is taken from the Mason City daily newspaper:

Dr. Glenn E. Harrison, 42, who was to have resumed his medical practice Saturday at the Park hospital, after a brilliant career of almost 5 years in the army, died Friday, August 31, at midnight, at his home at 709 3rd N. E. of coronary occlusion.

Funeral services were held at the Major memorial chapel at 10 a. m. Monday, with Doctor Lloyd A. Gustafson, of the First Methodist church in charge.

Surviving are his wife and 2 children, Frederick and Jean. Also surviving are 2 brothers, Burdette Harrison and Dean Naven; a sister, Mrs. Raymond Richie, and his mother, Mrs. W. C. Naven, all of Corning. His father, Fred Harrison, passed away November 17, 1916.

Some Symptoms

Dr. Harrison's associated physicians at the Park hospital stated as far as they knew Dr. Harrison had not previously suffered heart disease, although he said once in his army career he had some of the symptoms. Coronary occlusion usually develops from excessive strain and it is believed that his strenuous assignment as the commanding officer of army hospitals in North Africa, Corsica, and France, left their mark on his health.

As they were about to retire Friday night Dr. Harrison complained to his wife that he had a pain in his chest and was short of breath. He went outside, where he fell on the lawn. When Dr. George Crabb and other neighbors arrived he was dead.

Dr. Harrison at the time he was placed on terminal leave and placed on the inactive army list last month was a colonel in the medical corps. As an officer in the reserve he had been assigned to Camp Robinson, Ark., in December 1940. He then became the surgeon of the 8th port of embarkation at Boston and not long after the invasion of Africa he became the head of an army hospital there, following the army to Corsica and later to France.

At Mason City Since 1931

Dr. Harrison had been a resident of Mason City and a member of the Park hospital in the field of pediatrics since 1931.

He was born at Prescott, Iowa, Feb. 24, 1903. He attended the high school at Corning, from which he was graduated in 1921. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his medical degree in 1928.

After three years of special training in pediatrics at the University of Iowa, he spent a year at Duke University at Durham, North Carolina, from where he came to Mason City.

Dr. Harrison was married in 1931 to Dr. Lucille Chase, who was at that time associate professor of child welfare at Kansas State College.

Dr. Harrison was a member of the Lions Club and during the first years of his residence here was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Masonic lodge. Besides holding membership in the American Medical Association, he was a member of the Iowa State Pediatric society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Early in his career Dr. Harrison became an officer in the reserves and it was in this status that he was called into service a year before his country entered the war. He won successive promotions. A few days before his death he was notified that the 35th hospital unit at Corsica, of which he was the commander, was awarded the meritorious service unit plaque.

Dr. Harrison's body was taken to Lenox, Iowa, for interment in the family lot. Honorary pallbearers were Glenn Myers, Newell Darrah, Wesley Miller, Ralph Readhead, Wm. Kelly and Kenneth Roland. Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Gustafson, who officiated at the funeral service at Mason City.

Accompanying the remains to the final resting place were his wife, accompanied by her brother, Don Chase, of Illinois; his mother, Mrs. W. C. Naven; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Richie and Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Harrison, all of Corning, who were in Mason City for the funeral services.

 

[HARRISON, LABAN TYLER]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, July 7, 1923, p. 15

The legion of friends of Labon [Laban] Harrison, sr., of Mercer township, were shocked and saddened when the report came of his death on Monday morning, July 2, at 4 o'clock from a complication of aliments resulting from heart trouble, aged 68 years, 10 months and 11 days. He had always been a rugged man until Decoration Day, 1921, when he contracted the starting of the end. Mr. Harrison had resided on the same farm for nearly half a century, located about six miles east of Corning on the old State road and he had always lived an honorable and industrious life and was a success and had been about his farm until about a week previous to his death and had recently done some farm work. The subject of this sketch was born in Castletown, on the Isle-of-Man, August 21, 1854, and came to America in 1871 and first located at Monmouth, Ill., and in 1875 came to this county and located on the farm where his death occurred.  July 4, 1876, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Schaffer of this county, who survives him, and to this union was born six children, all of whom are living except Fred, who died in 1916, and are Mrs. Wm. Schafroth and Mrs. Geo. Riley who reside near the old home, Dr. E. S. Harrison of Burlington Junction, Mo., Dale Harrison, residing in the old neighborhood and Labon [Laban], jr., living at home. He is survived by one brother and one sister residing on the Isle-of-Man and Mr. Harrison visited them a few years ago. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and other relatives and a large circle of friends. The funeral was held from the home on July 4, at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. Homer Caskey and interment was made in the new cemetery at Lenox.

 

[HARRISON, LABAN WILLIAM]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, February 19, 1931, p. 4

Obituary – The death of Laban William Harrison was a distinct shock to his many friends who had not realized the seriousness of his condition resulting from blood poisoning, which came on gradually after a slight injury. Last Wednesday his condition became serious and he was taken to the Better [Greater] Community Hospital, where death resulted Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Stringtown church and interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Laban William Harrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laban Tyler Harrison, was born January 3rd, 1891, and died Sunday, February 15th, 1931, at the Greater Community hospital at the age of 39 years, 1 month and 12 days. He was married to Gladys Williams, daughter of Alec Williams, December 23rd, 1925, and to this union two children wee born, Delmar Labon, who will soon be four years old and Vonnie Lee, who is nearly thirteen months old. The deceased was born here in Adams County and was educated in the rural schools, later graduating from Boyles Business College in Omaha. He was a World War veteran. He was always a religious young man, thinking deeply on religious questions and was greatly admired for his abiding faith and sincere Christian life.

He is survived by his widow and two children previously mentioned; his mother, Mrs. Laban Tyler Harrison; his sisters, Mrs. Will Schafroth and Mrs. George Riley of Corning; and brothers, Dr. Ed Harrison of Burlington Junction, Mo., and Dale, of Corning. His father died seven years ago and a brother, Fred, fourteen years ago.

 

[HARRISON, MARY NAOMI MCGAFFIN]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, May 2, 1940, p. 9

Mrs. Dale E. Harrison – Mary Naomi, daughter of Andrew and Rachel McGaffin, was born in Corning, Iowa, November 11, 1897 and passed away in the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha April 25, 1940, after a twelve-day illness, aged 42 years, 5 months and 14 days.

She was united in marriage to Dale E. Harrison at the home of her parents on May 25, 1915. To this union were born three sons, Leodale, Vernon Arthur, who passed away in 1933, and Richard Eugene. Besides her devoted husband and sons she leaves three brothers, Samuel McGaffin and Earl McGaffin of Corning, and Arthur of Long Beach, California; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Ambos of Des Moines, Mrs. Eda Jetters of Larchwood, Iowa, and Mrs. Ruby Bennett of Cuba, Mo., and a number of nieces and nephews to whom she was very dear.

Early in life she united with the Christian church in Corning and when she moved to this community she took an active part in the work of the Stringtown Federated church.

She received her education in the Corning schools, graduating with the class of 1917 and taught the following year in Douglas Township.

Her sunny disposition and happy smile won her many friends. Few knew of her patient suffering and like the last ray of sunshine she slipped quietly away with the setting of the [words missing].

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Stringtown church, conducted by the Rev. Shepherd, former pastor of the church. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery. Mrs. Eda Jetters, a sister, and daughter Frances of Larchwood, Iowa, were here to attend the funeral.

 

[HARRISON, VERNON ARTHUR]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, August 31, 1933, p. 13

Obituary – Vernon Arthur Harrison was born February 17, 1927, and passed away August 24, 1933, aged 6 years, 6 months and 7 days.

He had been in St. Joseph's hospital in Omaha for four weeks to which place he was taken when it became apparent that his recovery from whooping cough was not progressing satisfactorily. Child specialists there pronounced it lymphatic leukemia.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Harrison and his brother, Leodale, besides hosts of friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the church in Stringtown, conducted by Rev. Shepherd, assisted by Rev. Homer Caskey of Omaha. Interment was made in the cemetery at Lenox, Iowa.

 

[HENDERSON, VIOLA CATHERINE BROWN]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 25, 1939, p. 5
Obituary of Viola C. Henderson
Viola C. [atherine] Brown, daughter of William and Nancy Brown, was born in Aledo, Ill., on July 23, 1843, and passed away at her home in Midway City, Calif., on May 15, 1939, at the age of 85 years, 9 months and 22 days.

In the spring of 1864, she moved with her parents to Newton, Ia. where her parents died of typhoid fever, leaving her an orphan at the age of 11 years. She was married to John Milton Henderson on Feb. 29, 1872 in the home of her uncle, Hugh Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Henderson made their home in Illinois until the spring of 1876, when they moved to Clearfield where they lived for 48 years, with the exception of four years spent in Tarkio, Mo. in 1924 she moved to California where she resided until her death.

Seven children were born, six of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death. The living children are Maggie Overmire and Cora Henderson of Midway City, Calif., Tom Henderson, Clearfield; Frank Henderson, Santa Ana, Calif., Dr. Ray Henderson, Long Beach, Calif.; and Floyd Henderson of Indianola, Ia. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Henderson was a member of the United Presbyterian church and had her letter of membership at the United Presbyterian church at Clearfield at the time of her death.

The body was brought to Clearfield where funeral services were held in the United Presbyterian church at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon. Services were conducted by the Rev. C. A. Pollock. Interment was made at Lenox.

 

[HOOK, DANIEL C.]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, June 9, 1910, [p. 1]
D. C. Hook Dead
Lenox War Veteran Passes Away at His Home

 Lenox. --- D. [aniel] C. Hook died June 2 at 9 a. m. at his late home in West Lenox. He was born in Adams County, Ohio, September 18, 1842. He was a member of the 182d Ohio infantry, serving one year. He was married to Mary E. Emerson November 8, 1909. He has been ill during the past three months. He leaves a wife and brother.

Funeral services were conducted at the home, June 4 by Rev. A. L. Davidson and the remains interred in Fairview cemetery.

 

[JAMES, GEORGE FRANKLIN]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, June 14, 1934 [p. 1]
Life Story of George James
George Franklin James, son of John T. and Emma Jane James was born August 20, 1888 at Churchville, in Warren County, Iowa and passed away at Greater Community hospital in Creston, June 4, 1934 at the age of 45 years, 9 months and 14 days.

His early childhood days were spent on a farm with his parents near Churchville, Iowa. Later he came with them to Orient, Iowa where his mother passed away when he was but six years of age. They then moved to Bevington, Ia., where he attended school and grew to young manhood.

His later years have been spent in and near Lenox, Ia.

He was united in marriage to Nora Bell Estel on January 6, 1915 who preceeded him in death January 6, 1919. To them one child was born, Keith Raymond. On August 28, 1924 he was united in marriage to Amelia Nixon Shaver and to them was born one son, Lloyd Merel. Mr. James is survived by his wife, two sons, Keith and Lloyd; two stepchildren, Ruth and Monson Shaver; one sister, Mrs. Fred Berg of Des Moines and one brother, Roy James.

For several weeks he had been in poor health, but his sickness was not considered of a serious nature until Wednesday, May 30th, at which time he was taken to the hospital where he patiently endured the five days he spent there.

At the age of twenty-five he united with the Methodist church at Calvary.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and ever thoughtful for the comforts of his family.

He will be remembered as a kind friend and neighbor, always willing to give a helping hand at all times.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 7, at the Arnold Funeral home, conducted by Rev. L. V. Freeman, assisted by Rev. LeRoy Pullman of Eddyville. Music was furnished by a male quartet consisting of O. P. Arnold, Leo Caskey, W. C. Lewis and Will Bryant, with Linnie Heath at the piano. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[JARED, CLYDE MARSHALL]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, October 7, 1965
Clyde Jared Rites Held Here September 30
Funeral services for Clyde Marshall Jared, 66, of Bedford were held September 30 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Mr. Carl Cummings and Rev. J. Milton Kinney officiating. Mr. Jared died at his home here September 28, 1965. Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.

The following obituary was included in the services.

Clyde Marshall Jared, son of John   M. and   Elizabeth Kehler Jared, was   born on August 31, 1899 at Oakley, Logan County, Kansas. When he was 14 years old he moved with his parents to Taylor county Iowa where the family lived on a farm.

On April 6, 1918, he was united in marriage to Rema Derrickson and to them were born three children, Maxine, Mary and Al.

 

Clyde farmed in Taylor County until in 1922. He with his family moved to Merna, Nebr., and located on a farm in the Cliff Union community where he was very active in church, school and various community activities.

In 1948 they moved to Lincoln, Nebr., and in 1950 they    returned to    Taylor County where they purchased a farm southwest of Bedford and operated it until failing health caused him to retire. They sold the farm and moved into Bedford, Ia. in I960 where they have since continued to reside.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Left with    precious memories are his wife, Rema; a daughter, Maxine Gustafson; and her husband Harold of Tacoma, Washington; Mary Osborne [and] her   husband, Jerome of Clarinda, Ia.; a son, Al D. Jared   and his   wife, Marie of Portland, Ore.; six grandchildren    are left    to cherish   memories   of   their grandfather, as   he    loved little children; a sister, Blanche Conley of Sumner, Wash.; a brother, George W. Jared of Gravity, Ia.; and a sister Amy J. Hikes of Puyallup, Wash.; many other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors.

Clyde was a kind and loving husband and father and all who knew him were his friends. He will be missed by family and acquaintances.

 

[JARED, JOHN MARSHALL]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 1, 1927, p. 4
John M. Jared – Death came to John M. Jared on Monday morning, Aug. 29, at 5:30 oÕclock. While he had been in ill health for considerable time, his sudden going was very much unexpected. Recently, he and his wife came here from Council Bluffs for an extended visit among the children and other relatives. Mr. Jared will be well remembered in this community as the family moved here from Kansas several years ago and made their home on the farm two miles southwest of Bedford. From here they moved to a farm east of Hopkins, where Mrs. Jared passed away January 1st, 1917. A Few years later, he was married to Malinda Mann of Creston, Ia., and they made their home in Council Bluffs until the present time. They were visiting at the home of his son, George Jared five miles southwest of Bedford at the time of his death.

Funeral services are being delayed until the arrival of the daughter, Mrs. Amy Hikes of Sumner, Wash. The services will be held at the Methodist church in Hopkins, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 2, at 2:30 p. m. Interment will be given in Hopkins cemetery.

 

[JARED, JOHN MARSHALL]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 8, 1927, p. 4
John M. Jared – John M. Jared was born at Madrid, Ia., Aug. 23, 1858 and remained there until the age of 21 then moved with the family to Oakley, Kans., and homesteaded with the pioneers of that country. In 1890 he was married to Mary Elizabeth Kehler. They lived and raised their family and moved on a farm in Taylor County, Iowa, near Bedford. He was an active worker in all community affairs and for anything for the betterment of the community. He with his family united with the Methodist church in 1905, in which he held his membership until the time of his death. On Jan. 1, 1917, his wife passed to her reward.

Four children were born to this union: Mrs. J. B. Lee of Bedford, Ia., Geo. W. Jared of Bedford, Mrs. A. J. Hikes of Sumner, Wash., and Clyde M. [arshall] Jared of Anselmo, Nebr., all of whom were present for the funeral. On Jan. 14, 1920, he was married to Mrs. Malinda Mann, who survives him. The past seven years they had made their home in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He had visited the son in Anselmo, Nebr., and a daughter Mrs. Lee, and was at the home of his son Geo. W., when the end came. He had been in ill health for some time, but the end came as a shock to the family.

Interment was made in the Hopkins cemetery by the side of his deceased wife, on Friday, Sept. 2nd.

 

[JARED, REMA MARIE DERRICKSON]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, March 26, 1970
Mrs. Clyde Jared - Funeral services for Mrs. Clyde (Rema) Jared, 72, of Bedford, held March 18 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Jared died March 16, 1970 at Bedford. Interment was at the Hopkins, Mo., Cemetery.

Rema Marie Jared, daughter of Elmer and Maude Deireckson [Derrickson], was born at Bedford, Iowa, Sept. 27, 1897. She grew to adulthood in Ross township, attended school there and in Bedford High School.

On April 6, 1918 she was married: to Clyde M. [arshall] Jared and in 1922 they moved to Merna, Nebr. They returned to Bedford in 1950, first living on a farm southwest of Bedford, until moving into town in 1960.

Surviving her are their three children, Al Jared of Portland, Oregon, Mary Osborne of Clarinda and Maxine Gustafson of Tacoma, Washington; six grandchildren, Jim, George and Rosemary Knapple, Frances and Clyde Jared and Mary Anne Gustafson; one sister, Pearl Baxter of Bedford; three brothers, Harry Deireckson [Derrickson], San Francisco, Calif.; Marvin   Deirickson [Derrickson],   Springfield, Mo., Gilbert Deireckson [Derrickson], Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde, in Sept. 1965.

Early in life she became a member of the Berea Church and after returning to Bedford, resumed membership in the same church.

She was a loving and devoted wife and mother; her grandchildren were the joy of her life. She had a dedicated interest in anything growing; her flowers and garden were a source of constant pleasure. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

[JEFFERS, ELGEE VERN]
Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, December 11, 1967, [p. 1]
Hopkins cafŽ man died here Sunday
E Vern Jeffers, 80, who had been a restaurant operator for 22 years at Hopkins, died at 8:55 p. m. Sunday at the West Heights Manor in Clarinda. He had been in the hospital and the rest home for two months following a heart attack.

Services are to be Wednesday. The funeral will be at Swanson Funeral Home at 2 p m and the Glen Ulmer Post American Legion will conduct graveside service. Burial will be in the cemetery at Hopkins.

Mr. Jeffers was born Oct. 11, 1887 at rural Bedford, son of Abraham and Martha Bebout Jeffers. He was married to Lottie Louden on Jan 27 1919, and moved to Hopkins where their home has been since. He retired several years ago after 22 years in his Hopkins cafe.

His wife continues to reside at Hopkins. He was a brother of Clem Jeffers of Hopkins and Mrs Thelma Dougherty of Mankato, Minn. He is veteran of World War I, charter member of American Legion Post 288 at Hopkins and of Veterans of World War I. He affiliated with Xenia Lodge AF & AM.

 

JEFFERS, ELGEE VERN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 14, 1967, p. 11
Vern Jeffers, 80, Rites in Hopkins
Funeral services for Vern Jeffers, 80, of Hopkins, Mo., were held Wed. Dec. 13, at Swanson Funeral Home in Hopkins. Mr. Jeffers died Dec. 10 at West Heights Manor, Clarinda. Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery with the Glen Ulmer Post Nov. 288 conducting military services.

Mr. Jeffers is survived by his wife, Lottie; sister, Mrs. Thelma Dougherty, Mankato, Minn.; and a brother, Clem Jeffers, Hopkins.

 

[KING, DOROTHY LUCILLE COX SHELEY]
Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, February 15, 1995
DOROTHY KING -  Dorothy Lucille Cox Sheley (Sheeley) King was the daughter of William and Effie Cox. She was born in rural Page County on January 29, 1922. She was blessed with over 73 years of life.

Dorothy moved to Taylor County, Iowa at an early age and grew up in that area. She attended and graduated from public school there.   

On November 18, 1939 she was united in marriage to Harley Edwin Sheley.   They had four children, William Lowell, Donna Jean, and John Harley all died at birth. Edwin Le Roy has also preceded her in death.

Harley died in November of 1968. On December 29, 1973 Dorothy married Albert King who survives her today.

Dorothy is also survived by a sister, Audrey and a brother and sister-in-law, Max and Verna Cox. She is also survived by stepdaughters Connie King and Karen Fleetwood and Karen's husband, Jeff.

Grandchildren include Rick and Sherry Sheley, Randy and Cindy Sheley, Vicky and Jesse Sheley, and Tony Shepherd. Great grandchildren include Jamie Sheley, Megan, Erica, and Tyler Sheley.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, her husband Harley, one son Edwin LeRoy; sisters Mimalee Brooks, Luna Jones, Grace Reeves, brothers Howard, Clifford and Kenneth and Ober.

Dorothy was a farmer's wife and worked outside the home for 20 years. She and Albert moved from the farm home into Bedford in 1981. In 1993 they moved to Maryville, Mo.

She had many hobbies including working with her flowers and garden. When she and Albert lived in Maryville, outside their patio window was a barrel, filled with dirt and in it were growing some of the beautiful flowers. Others said about Dorothy that she had a green thumb. She took great pride in keeping a home and the surrounding area very attractive.

Dorothy was a sister in Christ. Shortly after she and Albert moved to Maryville, they joined the First Christian Church. It was important for them to be involved in a church. Whereas when others move out of their familiar area, they sometimes drop back on church attendance; Dorothy and Albert did not. Her faith was strong and it is her faith that assures us that Dorothy is now with God.

Services were held February 11, 1995 at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

 

[LOCKE, ETHEL CAMPBELL TAYLOR]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, May 13, 1974, p. 16
Ethel Locke dies at 84
Mrs. Frank (Ethel) Locke, 84, of Creston, died at the Greater Community hospital at 1:30 a. m. today. She had been ill for five months.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p. m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian church. Rev. Dale Cunningham, the pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery at Lenox. Her family will be at Coen's Home for funerals from 7 to 8 p. m. Tuesday.

Ethel Campbell was born at Lenox, Oct. 15, 1889. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Howell Campbell. She was married at Lenox, Oct. 21, 1961, to Frank C. Locke. She had lived in Creston since her marriage. Her home was at 906 west Jefferson Street.

Mrs. Locke is survived by her husband; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Alexander (Raideen) Leslie of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Paul (Eleanor) Davey of Atascadero, Calif.; and a brother, Ira Campbell of Lenox.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Elizabeth Circle of the church, and of the Order of Eastern Star.

 

 

 

[MOORE, BERNEICE GERTRUDE PETERSEN]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, November 23, 1989
Berneice Moore Dies – Kent
Berneice Moore, 82, of Kent, passed away early Thursday, Nov. 16, 1989, at the Good Samaritan Center in Fontanelle, where she had lived since September 1985.

She was born Dec. 28, 1906, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Henry A. and Carrie (Bolinger) Petersen. She graduated from Central High School in Kansas City and the University of Kansas in 1929. On September 21, 1940, she married Vaughn Moore in Evanston, Ill.

Following their marriage, they lived in Aurora, Ill. for 14 years and in Des Moines for 14 years, before moving to Kent after her retirement in 1971.

She taught high school for four years in Little Rock, Ark., was a telephone ambassador for a group of medical doctors for several years; served as vice president for the Security National Life Ins. Co. for 30 years; and was vice president of Northern Trust Life Insurance Co. for 18 years.

She was past president of the University Women's club and the Lutheran Women's Association, both of Des Moines; and was an active member of Gideon International Auxiliary, the Republican Party of Iowa. She was also a member of Salome Chapter No. 264 Order of Eastern Star in Lenox, Danish Brotherhood of America, The Des Moines Women's club, Creston Lady Elks, the Creston County Club, and the First Christian Church in Creston.

Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband, Vaughn of Kent; two daughters, Marilyn and husband, John D. Cantwell of Atlanta, Ga., and Marjorie and husband, Donald Bates of Sudbury, Mass.; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Vaughn Victor.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the First Christian church in Creston with the Rev. Robert L. Pickrell officiating. Burial was at the West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox, with the Keating-Lindsay Golden rule Funeral Home of Creston in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Gideons International.

 

[PASCHAL, GEORGE CLARK]
Bedford Times-Republican, October 10, 1918, p. 3
George C. Paschal
The people of the Lenox community were stunned when it was announced that G. [eorge] C. [lark] Paschal had fallen dead last Thursday morning. He had been about town the day before, apparently in his usual health. Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon and burial made in Fairview cemetery. --- Lenox Time Table.

 

[PRATHER, LOREN L.]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 25, 1947, [p. 1]
Loren Prather Dies
Funeral services for Loren L. Prather, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Prather of east of Bedford, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George W. Swan. Burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.

Loren Prather was born September 21, 1909 at Hopkins, being aged 38 years at the time of his death. He united with his Lord in baptism in September 1923 at Gaynor, Mo.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. [lbert] B. [enton] Prather of Bedford; five brothers, Lawrence of St. Joseph, Hubert of Brookings, S. Dak., Raymond of Kirksville, Mo., Marion of Enid, Okla., Orvel of Lewistown, Mo.; and one sister, Mrs. Maude Hunt of Kansas City, Mo. One sister, Edith preceded him in death.

 

[REED, BESSE EVELYN COLVIN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 2, 1969, p. 2
Mrs. Besse Reed Rites in Bedford
Funral services for Mrs. Ross (Besse) Reed, 80, of Gravity were held December 18 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home Service here, conducted by Rev. George White. Mrs. Reed died December 15, 1968 at her home in Gravity. Interment was at the Lenox Cemetery

 

[REED, BESSE EVELYN COLVIN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, December 19, 1968, p. 7
Mrs. Ross Reed Rites Held Wed.
Funeral services for Mrs. Ross (Besse) Reed of Gravity were held Wednesday at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here. Mrs. Reed died Sunday at her home in Gravity. Interment was in the Lenox Cemetery.

Mrs. Besse Evelyn Reed, daughter of W. I. and Amy Colvin, was born January 24, 1888 at Sharpsburg, Iowa.

She lived most of her life in and around Sharpsburg and Gravity. She joined the Presbyterian Church in Sharpsburg in 1909.

She was married to Ross Rollin Reed on December 22, 1909. To this union, six children were born.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross, and two children, Edna and Lester.

She is survived by four children: Clifford and his wife Delphia of Boulder, Colo., LeRoy and his wife Clarice of Maryville, Mo.; Bernice and her husband, Kenneth Fudge of Brooks; Dorothy and her husband Ivan Eighmy of Fontanelle, a son-in-law, Newton Aldredge of Council Bluffs; a daughter-in-law, Ann Reed of Des Moines; a sister Corinne Robinson of Pueblo, Colo.

She had 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and friends.

 

[REED, ROSS ROLLIN]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, January 5, 1967, p. 4
Ross Reed, 80, Rites Dec. 30
Funeral services for Ross Rollin Reed, 80, of Gravity were held at State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford December 30, conducted by Rev. George White. Mr. Reed died at his home in Gravity December 28, 1966. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Lenox.

Ross Rollin Reed, son of David and Etta Reed, was born December 22, 1886 at Garden City, Kansas. He spent most of his life in the vicinity of Lenox, Gravity, and Sharpsburg. He worked on the railroad for 26 years in this area. He joined the Presbyterian Church at Sharpsburg on March 12, 1905.

He married Besse Colvin on December 22, 1909. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, by a brother, Charlie, and a sister, Alma, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Aldredge, and a son, Lester.

He is survived by his wife, Besse Reed, of Gravity; a sister, Mrs. Laura McPherron, of Lenox; two sons, Clifford Reed, of Boulder, Colo., and LeRoy Reed, of Maryville, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Bernice) Fudge of Brooks, Ia., and Mrs. Ivan (Dorothy) Eighmy of Bridgewater, Ia.; three sons-in-law and three daughters-in-law; 17 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren, many other relative and friends.

 

[REYNOLDS, AMANDA MELISSA MAYFIELD]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, October 2, 1941, [p. 1]
Stroke Fatal To Mrs. Ralph Reynolds Fri.  Funeral Services Held Monday at Christian Church
Mrs. Ralph Reynolds, 53, passed away Friday night, Sept. 26 at her home in south Lenox. Mrs. Reynolds suffered a stroke on the previous Thursday night, which resulted in her death.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. E. F. Hagee, assisted by Rev. F. J. Robbins. Interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Obituary

Amanda Mayfield was born in Pulaski County, Mo., on Nov. 17, 1887. She resided there until she was thirteen years of age, at which time she moved with her parents to Beckham County, Oklahoma. It was [there] she grew to womanhood.

On May 23, 1914, she was united in marriage to James Ralph Reynolds and three children were born, Robert M. of Harlan, Ia.; Mrs. Cleo Sturm of Sharpsburg and Cora Lou at home. The family moved to Iowa in 1925.

When just a young woman Mrs. Reynolds united with the Baptist church at Mayfield, Okla. where her membership has since remained. She had, however, been active in the Christian Church since moving to Lenox and was always willing to assume her responsibility in any work she was able to do.

Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Thursday Girls, an organization of the Christian church and the Kensington club.

Besides her husband and three children she leaves one brother, Sid Mayfield, Tahoka, Texas; and also five sisters, Cora Green, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Lula Brock, Springlake, Texas; Lenna Brown, Clinton, Okla.; Ruth Haynes and Ina Livingston, Oklahoma City, Okla. There is one grandchildren, Larry Lee Reynolds.

[REYNOLDS, JAMES W.]
Peasley Funeral Home (Lincoln, Illinois), Online Obituary
[April 04, 2008]  James W. Reynolds, 85, of Lincoln, died March 27, 2008, at 4:52 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service will be at a later date in Lenox, Iowa. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Peasley Funeral Home in Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Reynolds worked for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 11 years and was a carpenter for 40 years. He lived in Des Moines, Iowa, for 40 years.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Brentwood, Ark., to Charles M. and Florence Brown Reynolds. He married Lucille Schaforth [Schafroth] in 1949. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2003, in Texas.

He is survived by one son, James R. (and Carolyn) Reynolds Sr. of Lincoln; one daughter, Janet K. Reynolds of El Paso, Texas; one stepdaughter, Cheryl Rotter of Dickinson, Texas; six grandchildren Sara (and Micah) Heumann, James R. Reynolds Jr., Korena (and Victor) Gallegos, John Edwards, Julie Yorgenson and Janet Edwards; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dale Reynolds of Denver, Colo.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one stepson, Ronald Symonds.

 

 

 

[RUPERT, CHARLES LORENZO]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, September 26, 2001, p. 4
Charles Rupert, age 95 of Arvada, Colo., passed away August 26, 2001.
He was married to the former June Boyer. They had three children, Richard, Margaret Ann and David.

He was superintendent of the Lenox schools in the early 1940's. He grew up around Clearfield and was the son of Clyde and Eva Rupert.

 

[SAFLEY, LESTER EARL]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 4, 1955, [p. 1]
Lester Safley Dies While Fishing
Lester E. Safley was drowned while fishing Friday morning, July 29, at the pond on the Wilbur Novinger farm west of Bedford. From the short, Ben Shannon, Safley's fishing companion, attempted a rescue after Safley fell from a boat into water over his head. After futile attempts to rescue Safely from the shore Shannon went to the Novinger farm home a half-mile from the pond to summon help.

Sheriff Harry E. Lucas immediately took the county's aquatic search and rescue kit to the scene of the tragedy when summoned. Lucas recovered the body 10 or 12 feet from shore in water over his head.

Lester Earl Safely was born at Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa, May 21, 1884 and died at the age of 71 years, two months, eight days. He was the son of William and Belle Safley.

He moved to Taylor County with his parents in 1894. In 1906 he moved to Bruce, Wisconsin and was married to Myrtle Dotson on December 25, 1907. To them one son was born, Ora Earl, who passed away in infancy.

In the fall of 1908 they returned to Taylor County, where he spent the remainder of his life. He farmed until his health failed him four years ago and he moved to town. He joined the Christian church at an early age.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; three brothers, Oliver Safley of Conway, Alford Safley of Bedford, Merve Safley of Hopkins; one sister, Mrs. Anna Andrews of Hopkins. Two brothers preceded him in death.

 

[SAFLEY, MYRTLE LAVONIA DOTSON]
Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 10, 1967, p. 9
Final Rites Held Here Sunday For Myrtle Safley
Funeral services for Mrs. Lester (Myrtle) Safley, 81, of Bedford, long time Taylor County resident, were held August 6 at the State Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Safley died August 3 at the Court Street Rest Home here. Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.

Myrtle Lavonia Dotson, daughter of James Harvey and Sarah M. Schrader Dotson, was born March 16, 1886 at Knoxville, Iowa in Marion County,

She moved with her parents to Taylor County when she was a small girl and the family later moved to Wisconsin, where they lived for a time and then returned to Taylor County.

On December 25, 1907 she was united in marriage to Lester E. Safley while residing at Bruce, Wisconsin, and to them was born one son who died in infancy.

Mr. and Mrs. Safley lived on a farm east of Bedford, Iowa for many years and moved to Bedford when they retired from the farm and this was their home until Mr. Safley died July 29, 1955.

She was the last member of her family, having been preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Melvin, Hugh and Earl Dotson; and one sister, Sylvia Dotson.

Left to cherish memories of her good life are nieces and nephews; Cecile West of Prescott, Mayme Jarboe of Lincoln, Nebr., Dorothy Prather of Lusk, Wyo., Lester Dotson of Corning, and Roy Dotson of Sacramento, Calif.; other relatives and her many friends and acquaintances.

Early in life she became a member of the Christian Church of Bedford.

Although Mrs. Safley had been in failing health for a number of years she will be remembered as one who enjoyed her home, her loved ones and her friends.

 

[SCOTT, JAMES WEBSTER "JIM"]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 16, 1940, [p. 1]
Former Lenox Man Died At Grand Island
Funeral services For Jim Scott Will Be Here Friday Afternoon

Jim Scott, 68, a former resident of the Lenox community, died at his home at Grand Island, Nebr., about 4 o'clock Wednesday morning, May 15, following an illness of about two months. He was a brother-in-law of Warren Eckels, having married Mr. Eckels' sister.

Mr. Scott was a farmer while living here. He moved from this community about twenty years ago and has been living in Grand Island since, where he was engaged in the business. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.

The body will be brought to Lenox and funeral services will be held at the Arnold funeral home Friday afternoon.

 

[SCOTT, JAMES WEBSTER "JIM"]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 23, 1940, p. 2
Funeral Services For Jim Scott Held Friday
Funeral services were held at the Arnold Funeral Home Friday afternoon, May 17, for Jim Scott, 68, a former Lenox resident who died at his home at Grand Island, Nebr. Wednesday, May 15, following an illness of about two months. Mr. Scott moved to Grand Island from Lenox twenty-one years ago and for the last seventeen years was employed by the Chicago Lumber Company.

Obituary

James Webster Scott was born April 21, 1872, near Ely, Linn County, Iowa. He came to Lenox when he was nineteen years of age and made his home with his sister, Mrs. Charles Rogers. At the age of 21 he joined the Methodist church of Lenox.

On January 24, 1894, he was married to Lillian Eckels. Three children were born, Mrs. Ruth Scott Dey Ermand and Ralph and Raymond of Grand Island, Nebr., all of whom survive. Besides his children he leaves eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Chas. Rogers of Leon, Iowa and Mrs. Len Grimes of Adair, Iowa, one brother, Frank Scott of Des Moines and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

[SCOTT, JAMES WEBSTER "JIM"]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 23, 1940, [p. 1]
Distant Relatives Here For Scott Funeral
Relatives from out of town who were in Lenox Friday attending the funeral of Jim Scott were Mrs. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dey Ermand, Carol and Dale, Ralph Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Scott and Mrs. Murray, all of Grand Island, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Perkins of Black Hills, S. D.; Mrs. Chas. Rogers, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rogers of Leon, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Lem Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Grimes of Adair, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Will O'Riley of New Richland, Minn., and Clyde Eckels of Oak Park, Ill.

 

[SCOTT, LILLIAN V. ECKELS]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, June 22, 1972, p. 2
Services Held Here For Former Resident
Lillian V. Eckels Scott was born May 24, 1875 at Lenox, Ia., the daughter of James and Elizabeth Stephens Eckels and departed this life June 14th at a nursing home in Grand Island, Nebr., at the age of 97 years.

She attended school in the Lenox community.

On January 24, 1894, she married James Scott at Lenox where they resided until moving to Grand Island, Nebraska in 1919, where Mr. Scott was employed as a yardman for the Chicago Lumber Co. His death in May of 1940 left Mrs. Scott alone and since that time she has spent most of her life with her daughter, Ruth, in Grand Island.

Mrs. Scott was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the WCTU.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Dey Ermand of Grand Island, Nebraska, a sister, Mrs. Ann O'Riley of Waseca, Minn., six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sons, four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were conducted from the Bender Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Floyd Newbrough, pastor of the United Methodist Church officiating.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Marilyn Beck and Mrs. Billie Jean Barker with Mrs. Marcia Bender, accompanist.

Bearers were Everett Symonds, Orval Rogers, Robert Rogers, Lew Eckels, Max Hockett and Dan Hockett.

Burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

 

[SCOTT, WAYNE CECIL]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, March 5, 1980, p. 4
Service Saturday For Wayne Cecil Scott, 67
Wayne C. Scott, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980 at the Taylor County Care Facility, following a brief illness.

Services were held Saturday, March 1, at the Larkin-Bender Funeral Home in Lenox, with Pastor Jack Cutbirth of the Lenox Christian Church officiating. The music was by Norma Paymal, organist.

Casket bearers were Jack Gray, Jeff Gray, Ted Brunington, Ernest Hufnagel, Francis Manley and Bob Drennan. Interment was in West Fairview Cemetery..

Wayne Cecil Scott was born Nov. 27, 1912 on a farm in Taylor Co., Iowa. His parents were Charles and Mary Trost Scott.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Survivors include three brothers, Herb Scott of Creston; Glen Scott, Mesa, Ariz.; and Harry Scott, Sequim, Wash.; also three sisters, Leona Harding of Lenox; Gladys Baxter, Ephrata, Wash.; and Goldia Carey of Neosho, Mo.

A memorial has been established for the Retarded Citizens Association.

 

[SIMPSON, ELSIE CAMPBELL WELLS]
Ames Daily Tribune, Wednesday, May 11, 1938
Mrs. Simpson Dies at Hospital; Was Visiting Daughter
Mrs Elsie Simpson, 68, who had been visiting at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Glen Steel, 615 Thirteenth Street for the past two weeks, died at the Mary Greeley hospital at 9:30 p. m. Tuesday.

Mrs. Simpson became ill with pneumonia a few days ago and was taken to the hospital.

The body was taken to her home in Creston early Wednesday, where funeral services will be held.

 

[SIMPSON, ELSIE CAMPBELL WELLS]
Creston News Advertiser, Wednesday, May 11, 1938, [p. 1]
Mrs. Warren Simpson Died Last Night at Home of Her Daughter in Ames

Mrs. Warren Simpson of 413 New York avenue died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Glen Steele, in Ames following an illness of about a week with pneumonia.

The body has been brought to the McGregor Brothers and Coens chapel. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

Mrs. Simpson, who moved here several months ago from a farm south of Creston, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Steele and Mrs. Gladys Smith of Des Moines, a sister, Mrs. Ethel Taylor of St. Louis, and five brothers, Frank and Mort Campbell of Spokane, Ira Campbell of Lenox, Artie Campbell of Bridgewater and Wilford Campbell of Duluth. Her husband died Sept. 18, 1933.

 

[SIMPSON, WARREN LANG]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, September 18, 1933, [p. 1]
W. L. Simpson, Farmer, Dies
Warren L. Simpson, age 67, well known Platte township farmer, died at 6:30 this morning at his home after an extended illness. He had lived on the same farm for the past 26 years.

He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Clem Steel of Ames and Mrs. Charles Smith of Des Moines, two grandsons, Wayne and Richard Steel of Ames; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Holland, Mrs. Etta Hall and Mrs. Thomas Hill of Alexis, Ill., and Mrs. Lola Blackstone of Girard, Ohio; three brothers, Cunningham, Charles and Milton Simpson of Alexis, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home with Rev. A. S. Huchison of Kent officiating. Interment will be made in the cemetery at Lenox.

 

[SIMPSON, WARREN L.]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, September 26, 1933, p. 8
Warren L. Simpson – Warren L. Simpson was born March 10, 1866 near Alexis, Ill., died Sept. 18, aged 67 years. He was married May 20, 1902, to Elsie Campbell Wells. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Simpson. He came to Union County in 1906 and resided on his home place for 26 years.

He was kind, considerate and willing to help a friend in time of need. His home was always open to his friend and he was ever ready to pass a kind word along. He united with the Presbyterian Church at Norwood, Ill., at the age of 16 years, later uniting with the Platte Center church during the ministry of Rev. Roberts.

Besides his wife two daughters survive him, Mrs. Charles Smith of Des Moines and Mrs. Glen Steele of Ames, and two grandchildren, Wayne and Richard Steele, three brothers, A. C. Simpson, M. R. Simpson and Charles Simpson, four sisters, Mrs. Etta Hall, Mrs. Lizzie Hill, Mrs. Anna Holland, all of Alexis, Ill, and Mrs. Lola Blackstone, of Girard, Ohio. Also many nephews and nieces, to mourn his loss.

 

[SMITH, ANNA DELL BALL]
Bedford Free Press, Thursday, June 2, 1921
Obituary – Anna D. [ell] Ball was born in Park[e] County, Indiana, Nov. 2, 1854 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Dorr near Bedford, Iowa, May 26, 1921 at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 24 days.

She moved to Taylor County with her parents when three years of age, where she resided all her life except the last six years which were spent in Hopkins, Mo.

Jan. 1, 1876, she was united in marriage to Sylvanus P. [rice] Smith who preceded her Sept. 24, 1915.

To this union were born four children, one of whom, Minnie, dying in infancy. There are surviving her three children, Mrs. Verna L. Dorr of Bedford, Iowa; Wyllard H. Smith of Hopkins, Mo., and Mrs. Ruth V. Whitlow, Avon Park, Fla. Two sisters, Mrs. Emma Graham, Clifton, Kans.; Mrs. Clara E. Kelly, Cosby, Mo. One brother, Charlie E. Ball, Mankato, Minn. and one half brother James F. Ball, Rockville, Ind.

She obeyed the Gospel in the year 1858 under the preaching of Bro. Wm. J. Whaley, and placed her membership with the Eagle congregation at which place she held membership at the time of her death.

Funeral services were held at the Berea church Saturday afternoon at 2 p. m. conducted by L. R. Cobb. Interment was in the Hopkins cemetery.
[Note: The same obituary was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, June 6, 1921.]

 

[SMITH, SYLVANUS PRICE]
Bedford Free Press, Tuesday, October 3, 1916, p. 1
Hopkins
S. [ylvanus] P. [rice] Smith died at his home in Hopkins Sunday, September 24. The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. Interment was made in the Hopkins cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three children. The children are: Mrs. Verna Lee of Bedford, Willard Smith of Hopkins; and Mrs. Ruth Whitlow of Topeka, Kan.

 

 [SOBOTKA, LINDA RENAE]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, February 5, 1970, p. 16
Rites Today for Sobotka Baby
Clearfield – Graveside services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Sobotka of Villisca were held at 2 p. m. today at the Lenox cemetery. The baby died at birth Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Sobotka had recently moved to Villisca from Clearfield.

 

 [STEELE, GLENN ARTHUR]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, August 2, 1971, p. 16
Glenn A. Steele Dies Here Sunday
Glenn Arthur Steele, 78, of 803 West Mills Street in Creston and a retired mechanic, died Sunday at Cresthaven nursing home here after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p. m. Tuesday at the McKasson funeral home here with Rev. Dale Cunningham of the First Presbyterian church in Creston officiating. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

A former resident of Ames, he was born Nov. 30, 1892, in Creston, the son of William and Sarah Graham Steele. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Anna; two sons, Wayne and Richard, both of Houston, Tex., six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church here.

 

[STEELE, GLENN ARTHUR]
Creston News Advertiser, Tuesday, August 3, 1971, p. 18
Services Today For Glenn Steele
Funeral services for Glenn A. Steele of Creston, who died here Sunday, were held at 3:30 p. m. today at McKasson Chapel in Creston. Rev. Dale Cunningham officiated and burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Reed Kline was at the organ and Russell Henry was the soloist, singing "Old Rugged Cross" and "How Great Thou Art." Casket bearers were Floyd Blair, Guy Barks, B. K. Stearns, George Wessels, Walter Westerbeck and Elmer Laughlin.

 

[TAYLOR, HUGH MINOR]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, July 21, 1949, [p. 1
Services Held Today For Former Resident Of Lenox Community
Lenox – Word has been received here of the recent death of Hugh Taylor, 83, a former resident of Lenox. He had recently submitted to surgery in Des Moines.

Funeral services were held at 10 a. m. today in Des Moines with graveside services at Fairview cemetery in Lenox this afternoon.

Surviving are two brother-in-laws, George Cheese and I. A. Hall, both of Lenox and two nieces of Lenox, Mrs. Glen Leckliter and Mrs. Della Clayton.

 

[TOLER, BENJAMIN ALPHEUS "AL"]
Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, September 27, 1923, p. 3
Obituary, B. A. Toler – Benjamin A. [lpheus] Toler was born near Oquawka, Ill., Nov. 18th, 1852; departed this life at his home near Lenox, Ia., Sept. 5th, 1923, at the age of 70 years, nine months and 17 days. He was one in a family of eleven children, 6 boys and 5 girls, of whom three are now living.

June 24 [12], 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Marietta Fleming, Gravity, Iowa. To this union were born two children, Annola and May.

In the spring of 1875 he went with his uncle to Colorado where he spent six years. He came to Iowa in the fall of 1882, locating on the farm, which has since been his home. He united with the Christian church at Gravity, Ia., in 1884, transferring his membership to Blue Grove the following year where he was a member at his death.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marietta Toler; two daughters, Miss Annola Toler, and Mrs. Fred Becherer; two brothers, M. M. Toler, Waterville, Wash., and E. P. Toler, Hartford, Wash.; and one sister, Mrs. Ida Huntsinger, Minneapolis, Kans.

Funeral services were conducted at the Blue Grove church on last Friday afternoon, Sept. 7th at 2:30 o'clock by the pastor, Rev. Morrow, assisted by Rev. McCallon and Rev. Shaw, and interment made in the Gravity cemetery.
[Note: He is buried in Lenox West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa, not the Gravity cemetery as stated in the obituary.]

 

[WEEKS, SARAH COPPEL HOOK]
Bedford Times-Republican, Tuesday, December 26, 1905, [p. 1]
A Long Life Ended
Sarah Weeks died at her home in Lenox Friday morning at the ripe old age of 90 years. The funeral services were held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday and interment was made at Lenox cemetery.

The deceased had been a resident of Taylor County since 73, coming here with her husband from Mason County, Illinois.

When they first came to Taylor County they settled in Holt Township, and this was her home up to a year ago, when she went to Lenox to live. Mr. Weeks died many years ago.

Two sons survive her, Joel Weeks of this city, and Dan Hook of Lenox, who was born to her by her first husband.

 

[WEESE, DORIS MARGARET MOORE]
Private family memorial services for Doris Weese, age 90, of Lenox, who entered eternal rest on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Clearview Home in Clearfield, will be held at a later date. Doris has been cremated. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Doris Margaret (Moore) Weese was born October 24, 1920, in Taylor County, Iowa the daughter of John Moore and Nellie (Worm) Moore. She graduated from the Lenox High School with the Class of 1938. On October 3, 1938, she was united in marriage to Edgar H. Weese in Lenox, Iowa. Together they celebrated 53 years of marriage and the birth of seven children. Doris was a homemaker who enjoyed sharing her life with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking, going fishing, hunting asparagus, gardening and playing cards with her many friends and neighbors. Doris truly enjoyed her road trips with Edgar throughout the Iowa countryside.

Left to cherish her memory are five of her seven children, Margaret Million and husband Bob of Hereford, Arizona; Deloris Hansen and husband Rod of Pittsburg, Missouri; Barbara Bennett and husband Mick of Creston, Iowa; Stanley Weese and wife Connie of Grove, Oklahoma; and Billie Dean Weese and wife Sue of Gulf Breeze, Florida; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Rosie Hupman of Nevada, Missouri; and Arline Elliott of St. Joseph, Missouri. Along with her adopted family being made up of the residents and staff of the Clearview Nursing Home; Rocky, along with many nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Doris in death are her parents John and Nellie Moore; her husband Edgar Weese in 1992; two daughters, Juanita Weese at infancy and Rosalie Norton and her husband L.V. Norton; two brothers, Clarence and Bud Moore; a sister, Vernita Ware-Dudley-Tull.

Doris will be missed by her entire family and many friends. She will live on in our hearts forever.

 

[WHITE, HOWARD]
Lenox Time Table, Thursday, September 9, 1948, p. 3
Mrs. Lyle Stoakes [Stoaks] received word the latter part of the week of the sudden death of her uncle, Howard White in Marshalltown. Burial was in the Lenox cemetery Saturday afternoon. Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives.

 

[WILLIAMS, JESSE C.]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, February 25, 1905, p. 4
Holt
Jesse Williams, living a number of years in the western part of Grove Township and well known to our citizens, died at his home between Lenox and Clearfield last Sunday morning.

 

[WURSTER, CATHERINE KNAUER]
Creston Daily Advertiser, Monday, December 22, 1924, p. 10
Obituary - Catherine Knauer Wurster, wife of G. Wurster, was born in WŸrttemberg, Germany, June 3, 1861, and came to the United States in 1888, and on Jan. 19, 1888 was married to G. Wurster. They made their home on a farm near Lenox. Seven children were born to them and four died in infancy. Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mary and Catherine, and a son, Charles, and a brother.

Mrs. Wurster was a devoted wife and mother, a member of the German Evangelical church and a member of the Ladies Aid Society. She had been in poor health for the past two years but had been bedfast for the past five weeks and at 6:30 on the evening of Dec. 19, she died. The funeral services were held at the home, 900 South Birch street Sunday afternoon with interment at Graceland.

[WURSTER, CHRISTIAN "CHRIS"]
Creston News Advertiser, Thursday, February 26, 1931, [p. 1]
Chris Wurster, Pioneer Business Man, Is Dead After Week's Illness
Chris Wurster, pioneer businessman of the city, died suddenly at his home, 204 South Maple Street, this morning. Mr. Wurster had been ill a week with flu and complications. He was 73 years old and had been a resident of Creston for 32 years. For several years he owned a meat market on the south side. Six years ago he retired from active business life.

He is survived by his widow, a sister in Germany and eight daughters, Mrs. George Alloway of Kent, Mrs. D. O. Foster of Des Moines, Mrs. W. L. Means of Lorimor, Mrs. F. W. Swanson of Creston, Mrs. Ora Woolsey of Creston, Ida and Lucile of Creston and Elvira of Des Moines. No funeral arrangements have been made.

 

[WURSTER, CHRISTIAN "CHRIS"]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, February 27, 1931, p. 5
Wurster Funeral Rites Will Be Held At Home
Funeral services for Chris Wurster, who died Thursday morning after a brief illness, will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at his home, 204 South Maple street. Rev. J. E. Birkner will officiate. Burial will be in Lenox.

 

[WURSTER, HERMAN ADAM]
Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, June 2, 1982, p. 7
Herman Wurster dies Monday, May 24
Herman Adam Wurster, the second son of William and Fredericka Lieb Wurster, was born July 18, 1900 in Taylor County, southwest of Lenox, Iowa. He died Monday, May 24 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of eighty-one years, ten months and six days.

Herman joined the United Presbyterian Church in Clearfield as a young man, later transferring his membership to the First Baptist Church in Avon Park, Florida.

He was united in marriage with Shella Hays at Bedford on August 20, 1924. They farmed in the Lenox and Clearfield communities until they retired to Avon Park in 1969.

Herman devoted many years of his life to the betterment of the Polled Hereford cattle breed. He was honored by the Iowa Polled Hereford Association as a pioneer Polled Hereford breeder and by the National Polled Hereford Association. His portrait hangs with other pioneer Polled Hereford breeders of the world in the American Polled Hereford Hall of Fame in Kansas City.

He was a loving husband and father, always patient and kind and was held in high respect with love by his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers, John, Walter, Frank and Carl; a sister, Alice; and  one grandson, Dennis Eugene Wurster.

Survivors include his wife, Shella; two sons, Willis and wife, Lois of Clearfield and Howard and wife, Dorothy of Tingley, a daughter, Twylla of the home; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, George Wurster of Lenox; a sister, Ann (Mrs. Glen) Brady of Des Moines; as well as a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Services were held Wednesday, May 26 at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield with Reverend Jim Turner officiating.

Music was by Barbara Scott of Sharpsburg, organist and John Allen of Tingley, vocalist. The selections were "The Old Rugged Cross," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "How Great Thou art."

Casket bearers were Ivan Bennett, Charles Brott, Ivan Stephens, Leroy Beggs, Paul Brown, and Guy Henderson.

Interment was at the West Fairview Cemetery at Lenox.

The Wilson-Watson Funeral Home of Clearfield was in charge of arrangements.

 

[WURSTER, JAKOB GOTTLOB]
Creston News Advertiser, Friday, November 14, 1930, [p. 1]
G. Wurster, 68, Dies Here
Gottlob Wurster, 68, died at his home, 600 South Birch street, at 4:45 last night.

Mr. Wurster had lived in Creston for almost 15 years, having moved here from a farm near Lenox where he had lived the greater part of his life. He was born in Germany and came to this country when a small boy.

He is survived by three children, Charles of Lenox and Catherine and Mary at home. His wife preceded him in death about seven years ago.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at St. John's German Evangelical church.

[WURSTER, MARY ELIZABETH HOLMES]
Funeral services for Mary Wurster, age 88, of Lenox, who died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Lenox Care Center will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lenox Christian Church. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox from 3 to 7 with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7. Interment will be held at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials can be directed to the Lenox Christian Church or the Lenox Ambulance Service.

Mary Elizabeth Holmes Wurster was born September 16, 1922 the daughter of Joseph Henry Holmes and Mary Elizabeth (Troxel) Holmes in Gallatin, Missouri. She moved to Lenox, Iowa with her parents at the age of 14. She attended schools in Missouri and Lenox, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Clifford L. [ee] Wurster on April 26, 1941 in Maryville, Missouri. To this union two sons, Gary Lee and Harold Dean were born.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She and Clifford farmed the family farm west of Lenox for 35 years before retiring and moving to Lenox in 1976. She was happiest in the kitchen cooking and baking her many pies for family, friends and anyone that wanted a pie. She and Clifford loved to dance and play cards. Mary had a love for music – she could listen to a song and then play it by ear. She was well known for her yodeling.

She spent many hours watching her favorite baseball team the Chicago Cubs.

Mary was a member of the Lenox Christian Church since the age of 16. On many occasions she could be found in the church kitchen helping with dinners and potlucks.

Survivors include her son Gary Wurster and his wife Marilyn of Canyon Lake, Texas; two grandsons Scot and wife Diana of Spring, Texas; and Kelly and wife Mary of Henderson, Nevada as well as three great-grandchildren Michael, Madeline, and Matthew. She is also survived by one brother-in-law Charlie Aigaki, one sister-in-law Ruth Reynolds and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Clifford in 1983, son Harold in 1967, her parents, three brothers and three sisters. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Her enthusiasm, humor and kindness will be missed by everyone.
[Note: Online obituary courtesy of Ritchie Funeral Home]