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OBITUARY - JENNIFER M. NEWTON

Jennifer M. NEWTON was born August 2, 1978 in Harlan, Iowa. The daughter of John P. and Betty M. (WILMER) NEWTON, she was welcomed home by an older brother Jeremy.

Jennifer started her education at Elk Horn-Kimballton elementary school and began her second grade in Mount Ayr, Iowa after moving with her family in 1986. She started playing the clarinet in fifth grade and continued through her senior year. In junior high sports, she played volleyball, basketball and ran in track. Her high school years had her playing basketball for two years. She was a four-year letter winner in cross country and track and she went to state in cross country for two years. While in high school, she attended Math Bee at Southwestern Community College.

Jennifer graduated valedictorian in 1997 from Mount Ayr Community high school.

Jennifer went to Iowa State University in Ames from August, 1997, to May, 2000. She began her major in chemistry and after being diagnosed with cancer she wanted to do medical research. At Iowa State she was a member of Campus Crusades for Christ. She was a member of the Border Regulators and National Congress of Old West Shootists, western action shooting groups. In Mount Ayr she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Jennifer's hobbies included reading, cross stitch, long walks and listening to Christian music. She really enjoyed riding around in her 1995 Chrysler LeBaron convertible with the top down and watching movies.

Jennifer's battle with cancer was a testimony of her faith. She faced it with dignity and grace.

Jennifer died on the morning of September 1, 2000 at her home in Mount Ayr.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul and Lucille NEWTON and George WILMER.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, John and Betty of Mount Ayr; her brother Jeremy and his wife Sarah of Nevada, Iowa; her grandmother Thelma WILMER of Alden, Iowa; and many dear friends.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, September 4, 2000 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mount Ayr with Father Thomas DOOLEY officiating. Nancy SACKETT and Patty LORD provided music. Casket bearers were John NEWTON, George NEWTON, John WILMER, Jeremy NEWTON, Jim NEWTON and Kelly JAMES.

Jennifer was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.

Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.

SOURCE: genealogybuff.com

Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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