OBITUARY - DOROTHY IRENE (CANFIELD) STAGNER NEWTON
Dorothy Irene (CANFIELD) STAGNER NEWTON Newton was born December 6, 1923 and died April 2, 2001
She was the daughter of Clarence and Nathalien (SNOWDEN) CANFIELD of Bates City, MO. Dorothy was given to Claude and Fern
(aunt) STAGNER at age of three weeks and was raised to young adulthood. She then lived with George and Mary CANFIELD until
she married Junior Clyde NEWTON on March 5, 1940 at Bethany, Missouri.
Junior and Dorothy spent almost their entire marriage living on a farm north of Kellerton, Iowa.
Dorothy had several strokes and the miracle of this was that she still had physical abilities and enjoyed life until she
suffered a heart attack at the Lamoni Care and Rehab Center. Dorothy and Minerva spent many visits there singing and they
put up with Linda singing with them. Dorothy and Minerva had a special bond with their music.
Dorothy was a private person and minded her own business, however, as her children will attest, if she saw them do
something wrong, even as adults, you would hear what she thought.
Dorothy is survived by her "Best Buddy" Benji; four chldren, A. C. NEWTON, Linda Joyce SMITH and husband William, all of
Kellerton, Ron NEWTON and wife Lenora of Ankeny, Iowa and Minerva LOGAN of rural Kellerton; four grandchildren: Tim NEWTON
of Kellerton, Pamela NEWTON TAYLOR and husband Brent of Missouri, Tony and wife Angela of Des Moines, Iowa, Terry and wife
Shelly of Des Moines, Betty NEWTON BUSSY of Kansas City, Missouri. Dorothy loved her son-in-law William and her two
daughters-in-law and was always concerned about them and their welfare.
She is also survived by eight great- grandchildren: Casey LAISELLA, Crystal, Lacy, Trevor, Leslie, Shelby and Kyle NEWTON
and Kassandra TAYLOR; four sisters: Doris, Clara, Josephine and Florence of the Kansas City area; numerous nieces and
nephews, Norman and Robert NEWTON of Leon, several cousins and one very special aunt, Mary CANFIELD ZIMMERMAN of Carthage,
Missouri who was always Momma's friend and aunt.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of almost 51 years; parents; brothers, Donald, Junior, Delbert and Herbert;
sisters, Margaret, Jennette, Rosalee Marily and Mary Jane; and son-in-law Bill LOGAN.
Dorothy attended country school, Kellerton high school and graduated with honors from American Correspondence high school
Dorothy had many interests as she loved to be outdoors with her pets. Collecting black walnuts to crack for Christmas
money was especially one of Dorothy's enjoyments. Many knew her as the "Nut Lady." She loved picking blackberries and
raspberries. All of Dorothy's children were taken to the berry patches. Dorothy canned many jars of vegetables; again her
children helped. She switched to many other activities when she lost interest. She loved to collect cookbooks and many
Dorothy lived two of the past three winters with her daughter Linda Joyce and husband Bill. Dorothy and Linda had many
talks that helped make this an easier time of acceptance. Dorothy looked forward to springtime so she could go hunt
mushrooms and asparagus.
Dorothy enjoyed playing the piano and played many hours. Her children remember being gotten up for school by her playing,
the louder she played the closer to the time "you had better get up." She kept current on many topics and loved talking to
people. Many times she went to auctions which she dearly loved just to talk to people she knew.
When Dorothy stayed with Linda and Bill they talked many times of many things but her daughter recalls she had three
wishes which she expressed many times that she still wanted: 1) live until past the year 2000; 2) see a woman elected as
president; 3) enjoy a trip to Hawaii when she won the lottery.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr with Reverend
Diana HOLLAND officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS. Pallbearers were grandsons
Tony, Terry and Tim NEWTON, granddaughter Pamela Marie NEWTON TAYLOR, Brent TAYLOR and William SMITH.
Dorothy was laid to rest in the Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton. A memorial has been established in Dorothy's name.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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