November 14, 1919
DEATH CALLS YOUNG WIFE
Mrs. Murl DeWITT Passes Into Great Beyond After Brief Illness
Alta Augusta MAYHEW was born near Blairstown, Iowa, February 21, 1891, and passed away at her home near Tingley, Iowa,
October 30, 1919 aged 28 years, 8 months and 9 days.
At the age of three years her parents moved to Tingley, where they resided for seven years. After leaving here the
remainder of her early life was spent near Blairstown, with the exception of one year the family lived in Minnesota.
On February 12, 1913, she was united in marriage with Murl DeWITT, of Tingley. They immediately began housekeeping on a
farm near Tingley where she resided until the time time of her death.
Alta was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. MAYHEW of Blairstown, Iowa. She leaves to mourn her loss, her
husband, her parents, five sisters, Stella, Hazel, Edith, Ethel and Lucile; two brothers Eldo and Rex; and a host of
relatives and friends.
She was converted during evangelistic meetings held by Rev. Mr. PARKER at Wishard Chapel the fall of 1915, and
immediately united with that church. Since then she has done her best to follow in her Master's foosteps (sic). Her
Christian faith has been an inspiration to all with whom she associated. She was an active member of the Martha Johnson
W. C. T. U., also the Ladies' Aid Society. In the work of these societies Alta did her best, often working beyond her
physical strength. Her pleasant ways and unselfish disposition made every one her friend. Her place in the home and
community can never be filled.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church at Tingley conducted by Rev. W. W.
GORDON, attend by a very large numbeer of people. Interment in Tingley cemetery.
Deceased spent most of her life before her marriage in Blairstown and vicinity and was a general favorite with all whom
it was their privilege to call her friend, and in her yearly visit at the home of her parents those old friendships were
renewed and there are many sad hearts beside those of her immediate family caused by her sudden death. Just two months
ago she bade her family and friends goodby, having completed one of those visits. In response to the summons her parents
hastened to her bedside only to find she has passed to the Great Beyond.
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