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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1927

OBITUARY - J. W. STAFFORD.

John Wesley STAFFORD was born August 6, 1846, in Ohio, and departed this life December 18, 1927, aged 61 years, 8 months and 25 days, at his home southwest of Tingley. He was the son of Washington and Elizabeth STAFFORD. He had four sisters and three brothers - two sisters and one brother having preceded him to the Great Beyond.

When a boy he moved with his parents to Livingston county, Ill., where he grew to manhood. He was married to Miss Margaret RIDDELL. To this union were born three children - George, of Ankeny, Iowa, Miss Mazie, who is at home, and one child dying in infancy. His wife preceded him in death fourteen years ago.

In 1877 he moved from Illinois with his family to Taylor county and settled on a farm near Lenox. In the fall of 1877 they moved to Ringgold county, settling on a farm four miles southwest of Tingley. In 1881 they moved to the STAFFORD farm where he has resided ever since with the exception of two years that they lived in Tingley.

Early in life he united with the Evangelical church, and later changed his membership to the Methodist church of Tingley when the class was organized.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the M.E. church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. L. THOMAS. A large number of friends attended, showing the high esteem in which Mr. STAFFORD was held by the people. Interment was made in the Tingley cemetery by the side of his wife.

CARD OF THANKS.

We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for acts of kindness and words of sympathy in the passing of our father. Also for the floral tributes and to the singers for the music. May the dear Lord comfort and sustain you when sorrow comes to your home.
- GEORGE STAFFORD AND MISS MAZIE STAFFORD

NOTE: John's wife Margaret (RIDDELL) STAFFORD died on March 26, 1913. Mazie STAFFORD was born May 2, 1879, and died January 23, 1968. They were interred at Tingley Cemetery, Tingley, Ringgold County, Iowa.

George STAFFORD was born in 1875, and died in 1943 with interment at Hamburg Cemetery, Fremont County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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

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