INA PRISCILLA NAPIER
Ina Priscilla NAPIER, the daughter of Thomas W. and Olga (DEFENBAUGH) NAPIER, was born January 18, 1913. She was
a lifelong Ringgold County, Iowa resident, growing up on a farm south of Mount Ayr with her brother Howard. Ina enjoyed
helping her father Thomas with the cattle and showing them in area shows.
Ina graduated from Mount Ayr High School
in 1930, and obtained her teaching degree from Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls. She taught at the Diagonal
and Creston schools.
Ina served as vice-principal at Creston High School and as an instructor at Creston Junior College.
Upon her retirement, she worked as a social worker at Mount Ayr's Clearview Nursing Home.
A member of many local, state,
and national educational organizations, Ina served as a representative for these organizations many times. She was an
active member of P.E.O. and the Daughters of the American Revolution where she pursued her interest in genealogy,
working on the NAPIER family history and assisting others. She was a faithful member of the Mount Ayr Methodist Church.
Ina was interested in antiques, proud of her family's antiques, and telling others about the family heirlooms. She enjoyed
helping her friends, neighbors, and family. Ina enjoyed working in her yard and garden, sharing her flowers, fruit,
and vegetables with neighbors and friends.
Ina died at Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr on April 21, 2000. She was
interred beside her mother, father, and brother at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
A memorial trust was established in Ina's honor, providing scholarships for graduating seniors of Mount Ayr Community
Left to Right: Olga (DEFENBAUGH), Tom, and Ina Priscilla NAPIER
OBITUARY - INA PRISCILLA NAPIER
Ina Priscilla Napier was born January 18, 1913 and died on April 21, 2000 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was
the daughter of Thomas W. and Olga (DEFENBAUGH) NAPIER.
She was a lifelong resident of the Mount Ayr community having grown up on the family farm located south of Mount Ayr. As
a young girl she was always interested in helping her father with cattle. Her pride was to take a steer to the showings
in the area where she won awards.
Her other interest was education. After receiving a teaching degree from the college in Cedar Falls, Iowa, she taught in
Diagonal, Iowa and for many years in Creston, Iowa, where she served as vice principal of the Creston high school. She was
also an instructor at the Creston Junior College. After her retirement from education, she worked as a social worker at
Ina always had her students' interest at heart and encouraged many to strive for a higher goal in education in order to
prepare themselves for the future. She also assisted many financially. As a memorial to Ina for her dedication as a
teacher, funds have been put into a trust for a $1,000 scholarship to be given each year in her memory to a graduating
senior from the Mount Ayr Community high school.
She was a life member of N.E.A., member of I.S.E.A and Department of Classroom Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Kappa
Gamma. She represented these organizations many times at local, district and national meetings and often was a speaker at
these meetings. She was also an active member of P.E.O. and served as an officer in the organization. Through her
membership in D.A.R. she pursued her interest in genealogy working on the Napier family history as well as assisting
others for membership in the D.A.R.
With friends or family she was always ready to attend an antique show or sale. She was proud of the many family antiques
that she had and she enjoyed telling about them. After retirement, Ina volunteered wherever there was a need as she was
always interested in serving and helping her friends, neighbors and family. Loving to work in her yard and garden she
shared her flowers, fruits and vegetables with friends and family.
Ina was a member of the United Methodist Church having been baptized in the First Methodist Episcopal Church on October
She was preceded in death by a brother Howard and her parents, Thomas and Olga NAPIER.
She leaves several cousins and friends with many pleasant memories.
Services were held Tuesday, April 25, 2000 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Reverend Michael
DRUHL officiating. Ginny EIGHMY and Judy CUNNING provided music. Casket bearers were Galen RUCKMAN, Junior JAMES, Dan
CUNNING, Barton FRENCH, Chester ROED and Jim PEDERSON.
Ina was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
Transciptions by Sharon R. Becker, Jul of 20009
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