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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 1935

OBITUARY ~ NELLA FIDELIA (WILLEY) SINGER

Mrs. Nella Singer died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allie Cowell here early Saturday morning, after a long illness. She had been to Colorado to endeavor a degree of health there but it was of no avail and so came on back east. Her son Harry arrived here last Wednesday from Washington, D C. to be with her. Nella Willey was born in Davenport, Iowa June 23 1865 and died in Clearfield, December 5 1934, aged 69 years, 6 months and 22 days. She united with the Methodist church when nine years of age and for over twenty-one years was prominent in Sunday school and choir in the Clearfield church. She was married September 2nd, 1886, to Dr. L U Singer of Clearfield, Clearfield's oldest doctor, who came to his cousin’s home southeast of Clearfield in 1881, and when the town was laid out in the fall of that year, built his office and drug store, one of the first buildings built here. Mrs. Singer was prominent in the activities of the town, especially in the music and any educational work, having been one of its early teachers. Wherever she found a chance for a kind deed or word Mrs. Singer was read give it. After the death of Dr. Singer in 1907 the family remained here but a few years, later going to Washington D. C., but she never neglected to send cards back to the old friends, remembering especially the aged and the sick. Three. children were born to them, the daughter dying in infancy, and the two sons, Harry and Orville, who survive their mother, also one sister, Mrs Bird Ells of Los Angeles, Calif.,several nieces and nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Pastor John C. Turner officiating and using as a basis for his sermon “God Is Love” as the deceased had asked him to do in an interview a few days before her passing on. A quartette: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Crew, Mrs. Belle Anderson, and E C Heaton sang with Mrs. Frank Ewalt at the piano. The church was filled with the old friends and neighbors. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, December of 2011

Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
January 10, 1935

OBITUARY ~ NELLIE FIDELIA SINGER

Nellie F. Singer was born in Davenport, Iowa, June 23, 1865 and departed this life at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Allie Cowall in Clearfield, Iowa, Jan. 5, 1935, at the age of 69 years, 6 months and 12 days.

She has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 9 years of age and worked in the Sunday School and church choir of Clearfield for 21 years.

On Sept. 2nd 1885 she was united in marriage to L. U. Singer. Two sons and a daughter were born to this union, the daughter dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure her two sons Orville and Harry of Washington D. C. One sister, Mrs Bryd Ells of Los Angeles, Calif., One foster grand-daughter, two nieces and four nephews and many friends. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The service was conducted by Rev. John C. Turner, who spoke from the subject suggested by Mrs. Singer, "God is Love". The choir sang, "Lead Kindly Light" and "Sun of My Soul". Messrs, Heaton and J. R. Crew, Mrs. Crew and Mrs. Anderson singing, with Mrs. Frank Ewalt at the piano. Pallbearers were L. E. Hartman, U. S. Grant, Truman Hidlay, Joe Barrans , J. 0. Beatty and C. B.

Many friends and former neighbors attended, filling the church. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery in the family lot, where lies the bodies of Dr. Singer and of the infant daughter.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011

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