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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, July 02, 1987

OBITUARY - JOSEPHINE (SMITH) JETER MORGAN

Josephine SMITH MORGAN, daughter of Henry and Edith CLYMER SMITH, was born May 19, 1917, at Diagonal, Iowa, and passed away June 24, 1987, at Mount Ayr, Iowa, at the age of 70.

Much of her life was spent in Ringgold County. Josephine received her education in the Mount Ayr, Tingley and Shannon City schools. She worked in several local cafes and at Finch Produce. She enjoyed flowers, art, music and rural living. During her early years she attended the Methodist church. She found much pleasure in the activites and work which the Ringgold County Challenge Center provided, prior to entering the Mount Ayr Health Care Center five years ago.

On December 14, 1963, she was united in marriage to Ross MORGAN. To this union two children were born, Gary and Dixie. Josephine married Clyde JETER February 16, 1948.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jesse; sisters, Besse BARKER, Lena SMITH and Betty PETERMAN.

Josephine is survived by a son, Gary and his wife Bonnie of Cedar Rapids; and a daughter, Dixie BLACK and husband, Dennis; grandchildren include Gary, Laverna, Diane, Kirk, Kim, Tracy, and Lloyd BLACK, and Diana MORGAN MARVEL, John, Sherry and James MORGAN; five great-grandchildren, Amanda Sue, Crystal, Robin, Alan and Tyler; also numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held June 26, 1987, at the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Doris KINTON. Music was provided by Mike GREENE, Margaret BICKERS and Mary TRULLINGER.

Casketbearers were Gary MORGAN, James MORGAN, Kirk BLACK, Preston HAYSE and Gary BLACK. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.

"There Is A Reason for Everything"
Our Father knows what's best for us,
So why should we complain --
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain --
We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear. . .
Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet tomorrow. . .
For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm
And the sharp cut of the chisel
Gives the marble grace and form. . .
God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain,
For every loss He sends to us
Is followed by rich gain. . .
And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent
He will find no cause for murming
And no time to lament.
For Our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain,
So He never sends us pleasures
When the soul's deep need is pain. . .
So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make our spirit strong.

~ Helen Steiner Rice

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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