The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1924
DEATH of MRS. JAMES P. NEWTON.
Mrs. James P. NEWTON, one of the best loved women of the community and a pioneer of Ringgold county, passed peacefully away
at the home in northwest Mount Ayr Saturday afternoon a few minutes after one o'clock. She was stricken during the night
Tuesday and remained unconscious until the death summons came. All the members of the family were at the bedside.
The death of Mrs. NEWTON marks the passing of another Ringgold county pioneer. Most of her life was spent on the farm in
Washington township. About five years ago she moved with her husband to Mount Ayr, where she lived in happy retirement
until called by death. At her death the people of the community bow in solemn reverence for her true christian character
was admired by all her acquaintances.
Milicent Allvirah WIRT, daughter of Joseph and Sarah WIRT, was born September 5,
1852, in Knox county, Ohio, and passed quietly away May 3, 1924, at her home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
When very small she came
with her parents to Ringgold county, where she has made her home ever since.
She was united in marriage to James P.
NEWTON September 28, 1871. To this union were born eight children, all of whom survive her. She leaves to mourn her loss
her husband of Mount Ayr, three daughters: Mrs. Charles ROBINSON, Mrs. Howard DENHART and Mrs. Arthur BAKER, all of near
Mount Ayr; five sons, Joseph, Burr and Earl NEWTON, of Ringgold county; Lynn NEWTON, of Kent, Iowa, and William NEWTON, of
Hay Springs, Neb. She also leaves two sisters, Louisa McGILL, of Stockton, Calif., Mrs. Angie COLE, of Diagonal, Iowa, and
two half-brothers, Jerome BLACK, of San Antonio Texas, and Noah BLACK, of Geneseo, Ill., besides eighteen grandchildren and
a host of friends.
She joined the Church of Christ in early womanhood and lived faithful to her Master until death.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Church of Christ, conducted by Rev. Edgar PRICE of Bedford,
former pastor of the local church. The church was filled to capacity by friends who came to pay the last tribute of respect
and the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. [Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.]
CARD OF THANKS.
For the kindness of our neighbors and friends, expressed in helpful acts and words of sympathy during the illness and on the occasion of the death of our wife and mother we are profoundly grateful.
JAMES P. NEWTON AND CHILDREN.
NOTE: James P. NEWTON, husband of Milicent Allvirah (WIRT), was born in 1845, and died September 17, 1925 with interment at
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Of James P. and Milicent NEWTON's children:
Joseph Wirt NEWTON was born in 1876 and died in 1942 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery;
Paroda (NEWTON) DENHART was born in 1882 and died in 1973 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery;
Earl NEWTON was born in 1887 and died in 1949 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery; and
Burr NEWTON was born on January 26, 1892, and died February 26, 1966, interment Rose Hill Cemetery.
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