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OBITUARY

Homer R. & Edith May (BEADLE) STEVENS
Wedding Photograph, December 12, 1900

Homer R. & Edith May (BEADLE) STEVENS
50th Anniversary, December 12, 1950

Homer R. STEVENS, son of Ralph Edward STEVENS and Nancy Jane (SIMPSON) STEVENS, was born November 4, 1878, on the family farm near the little town of Goshen, Ringgold County, Iowa, his parents having come from Norwood, Ill. when this land was young.

He attended Bethel, a rural school in the neighborhood, and later, with neighboring youth, attended a night school in Diagonal.

His parents were charter members of the Diagonal Presbyterian Church, which he joined when he was sixteen years of age. During his nearly eighty years of membership he was faithful to his belief, in attendance, and in service, as an elder and in other capacities.

On December 12, 1900, he was married to Edith BEADLE. He lived most of his life in Ringgold County. Edith died on March 1, 1953, more than two years after they observed their golden wedding anniversary. His active years were spent farming. The friendships made during those years lasted all of his life.

He passed away September 14, 1973, having reached the age of 94 years, 10 months, and 11 days. He was living in The Clearview Home at the time of his death, where he had lived the past six years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; five sisters, Carrie (Mrs. A. M. JONES), Alta (Mrs. B. F. MONK), Lura (Mrs. H. M. WILLIAMS), Edna and Lois, who died in infancy, and two brothers, Walter X. and Edward L.

He is survived by six children - Vera (Mrs. Don PIERCE) of Portland, Ore.; Glee (Mrs. Claude MOORE) of Paullina; Donna (Mrs. Orville BEAR) of Tingley; Cecil of Blockton and Ralph and Walter of Des Moines. The family also includes fifteen grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Other survivors are a sister, Myrtle (Mrs. Rudolph FOGLE) of Diagonal; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edward STEVENS of Shenandoah; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral services were held September 18, from the Presbyterian Church in Diagonal with his Pastor, the Rev. Franklin SCHWARM, officiating. Mrs. Freeman RIEF, Mrs. A. J. KESSLER and Mrs. Harold TAYLOR provided the music and casket bearers were Lee DAVENPORT, Robert BENTLEY, Don WILEY, Willard BENTLEY, Freeman RIEF and Elmer REECE.

Burial was in Bethel cemetery.

MEMORIES OF DAUGHTER GLEE (STEVENS) MOORE

Since Homer was the eldest son, he had to help with the farming, such as plowing, sowing oats, planting corn two rows at a time, cultivating, cutting and stacking hay, and cutting and shocking oats. In the fall he would miss school to help shuck corn, and get it into the crib before the snows came.

Homer's parents had a large fruit orchard on their homestead southwest of Diagonal, Iowa. In the fall a day was set aside for all the family to pick apples and make cider which would later turn to vinegar. That was always a fun day being together and preparing the fruit for winter.

On 12 December 1900 he married Edith May Beadle at her home east of Clearfield, Iowa. To this union were born six children: Vera, Glee, Cecil, Ralph, Donna, and Walter.

They worked very hard raising their family as there were no modern conveniences. Washing the clothes was done by carrying in buckets of water from the well, heating it in a boiler on a wood-burning cook stove, rinsing the clothes in two separate tubs of water before hanging them on the line to dry.

Threshing grain was a busy time for all including preparing meals on the same wood-burning cook stove. The day before, Edith would bake cake and cookies. On the morning of threshing day pies would be baked, and chickens dressed and fried.

Homer never complained about hard work and always took an interest in community affairs.

Courtesy of Deloris (GRAVETT) and Ramon Bear, November of 2009

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