March 29, 1917
OBITUARY ~ ISABEL JARRETT STEELE
Isabel Jarrett Steele. beloved wife of James Steele died suddenly at her home
in East Clearfield March 23, 1917 at 1:30 p. m., aged 71 years, 6 months and
18 days. She was taken seriously ill ten days ago. Her suffering was most
intense for several days, hut was borne with fortitude characteristic of a
true and noble Christian. Mrs Steele rallied from the attack, and seemed on
the road to recovery until a few minutes before her death, therefore her
sudden passing away was a great shock to her family and many loving friends.
She was the daughter of Chas. and Fanny Jarrett, who came from North Carolina
to Lee Co., Iowa in [?]. On Sept. 28, 1870 she was married to James Steele,
also of Lee Co. Mr. and Mrs. Steele came to Page Co. soon after their
marriage, locating near Clarinda. In 1895 they moved to North Clarinda.
Twenty-eight years were spent in Page Co. In 1898 they came to Clearfield
where they have since resided.
Mrs. Steele was educated at the Fort Madison College and for a number of years
was a most successful teacher in the public schools of Lee Co. and taught
several terms after her removal to Page Co. Several of her pupils were present
at the funeral. She never lost her interest in education at work, or current
events, studying the great day with an interest seldom equaled.
She was a true and consistent member of the Christian Church until the time of
her death. She possessed a noble character. She was the highest type of true
womanhood so self-sacrificing, and a devoted wife and mother.
She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and an only daughter, Elma, now Mrs.
Frank Bye, of whom she often spoke to her friends as her chum; also 4 sisters
and one brother. Of these only one sister, Mrs. C. V. Courtright of Kansas
City, Mo. was able to be present, the others being prevented on account of old
age and ill health. Her niece, Mrs. Marguerite Sloan also of Kansas City, Mo.
was also present.
While her untimely departure is a severe shock to her family and a great shock
to her friends, yet there is a true consolation in the thought that she
exemplified all through life the faith and virtue for which eternal happiness
The funeral services were held at the Christian Church Sunday afternoon at
2:30 conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. W. Johnson. At the church the following
hymns, her favorites, were sung: Nearer My God to Thee and Asleep in Jesus.
Also a solo was rendered by Miss Opal Nelson. A large crowd gathered to pay
their last tribute of respect to the deceased, many former friends from
Clarinda being present. Mrs. C. L. Houston and Mrs. Mary Cagley coming on
Saturday. A number of friends accompanied the bereaved ones to the cemetery
where all that was mortal of this beloved woman, laden with flowers was
tenderly lowered to its last resting place in the grave.
Interment at Clearfield Cemetery
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, June of 2011
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