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[Margaret Salter Salyards]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 1, 2003

Margaret Salter Salyards

Margaret Salter Salyards of Highland Haven was born January 17, 1928, the ninth child of George and Georgina Salter in Bedford, Iowa.  She attended Taylor County Public Schools and graduated May 1945 from Bedford High School.

On May 14, 1945, she was married to Dean Salyards of Corning, Iowa.  To this union three children were born, Dennis Dean, Donald Paul and Donna Sue.  In 1957, Dean, Margaret and Dennis moved to Snyder, where Donald was born.  In 1953 they again moved to Odessa where Donna was born. 

In 1953 Margaret then worked at the First State Bank as assistant cashier until 1973.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Dean of 51 years, both parents, an infant son, three brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by sons Dennis Dean Salyards and wife Aleta of Odessa and Donald Paul Salyards and wife Cheryl of Houston; daughter Donna Cannon and husband Gary of Richardson; sisters Daisy John and Phyllis Oxley of Bedford, Iowa, and Sue Palmer of Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Daryl, Jennifer, Lindsey, Lauren, Chris Anne and Matthew; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Margaret departed this life on December 5, 2002, to be with the Lord and beloved husband, Dean.  She was a member of the Kingsland Community Church, Hill Country Luncheon Club, Kingsland Lady Lions, Country Cuzzins Square Dance Club and Camping Squares.

Services were held at Kingsland Community Church December 8.  Burial was at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet.

[Oscar Braun]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 1, 2003

Oscar Braun

Oscar Braun, age 77, beloved husband of the late Jolene (Raper) passed away on December 29, 2002, in Bloomingdale, Ill.

Oscar lived in Athelstan for a short period of time.  Jolene was the granddaughter of Mel and Georgia Older.  Oscar and Jolene purchased the small farm from Georgia and Mel Older.  They built a new home on the property in 1988.  They had planned to retire in Athelstan.

Unfortunately, Jolene passed away on December 11, 1990.  They had made many friends throughout the territory.  They had no children.

Oscar was born August 3, 1925, in Medinah, Ill., the son of the late Otto and Emma (Dey) Braun.

Deceased sisters are Elsie (Lennie) Lange, Hilda (Charlie) North and Mathilda (Frank) Peterson and one brother Robert (Mary) Braun.

Survivors are his brother, Julius (Bea) and one sister Marjorie (George) Freda, sister-in-law, Mary (Bob) Braun, Jolene's sister Janice (Bill) Rider and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in Athelstan Cemetery.

[William Howard Payton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 21, 2001    p. 7

W. Howard Payton

W. [illiam] Howard Payton, age 101, a 44-year resident of Stevens CO., went to be with his Lord on February 11, 2001, at his Addy, WA, home.  Howard was born on December 22, 1899, in Bedford, Iowa, the son of Samuel L. [loyd] and Inez Parrish Payton.

Howard was raised and attended school in the Bedford, Iowa area and worked on the 400-acre corn, oat, hog and cattle family farm.  At the age of 22, Howard married Vera Bristow on August 22, 1922.  In 1948 he vacationed with his family to the Northwest and never returned to Iowa to stay.

Howard worked on the Columbia Basin Canal system and the Moses Lake Airbase as a cement finisher.  At the completion of these projects, Howard and his son, Sam, had a cattle operation near Northport for several years, and then a dairy at Bluecreek.  In 1976, after Howard retired, he was hired by Herman Pein to do all the fieldwork on a 400-acre farm near Addy, WA, supporting one of the largest dairy herds in Stevens County, WA.

Howard's life spanned from the horse and buggy days to a man on the moon.  His ambition was to live past January 1, 2000, which would accomplish his living during three centuries.  Howard worked until he was 93, when his eyesight and arthritis slowed him down.

An article in the 1992 Capital Press for the Washington Farmer written by Scott A. Yates led with the caption, "Howard Payton, a very, very special man", defined how Howard lived his life and embraced the people around him.

Howard's wife, Vera, went home to be with her Lord on February 7, 1977.

Howard is survived by a son, Sam [uel] Payton and wife, Alice, Chewelah, WA; two daughters, Donna Brumfield, Norwalk, IA, Dorothy Glass, Moses Lake, WA; one sister, Jessie Heninger, Belfast, ME; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 22 great great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 1:00 p. m., Friday, February 16, 2001, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Chewelah, WA.  Graveside service and vault interment followed at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville, WA.

Memorial contributions can be given to N. E. Washington Home Health Service, Chewelah, WA.

Danekas Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

[Ila Kathleen "Kay" Seiffert Thummel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 21, 2001    p. 7

Ila Kathleen "Kay" Thummel

Ila "Kay" Thummel, 54, Lawson, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2001, at North Kansas City Hospital with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Friday, February 16, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Union Church in Lawson, MO.  Burial was at the Old Union Cemetery, Lawson.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made at the Lawson Bank for the Kay Thummel Memorial Fund.

Kay was born March 9, 1946, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Henry and Barbara Seiffert.  She grew up in the Blockton and Bedford, Iowa, area, graduating in May 1964 from Bedford Community High School.

In May 1964, she married Steve Thummel in Redding, IA.  To this union, two children, Jennifer Jacqueline and Jason Von were born.  Kay moved to Lawson, MO, with her family in 1977.  She has been employed by the Lawson Rural Water District for the past 15 years.

Kay was an avid sports fan who enjoyed all sports.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Dylan Timothy.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Steve, of 36 years, of the home.  Other survivors include her son, Jason Thummel of Kearney, MO; her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Tim Morris of Excelsior Springs, MO; her grandson, Dylan Morris; her brother, Tom Seiffert and her aunt, Kathleen Freed of Redding, IA; her stepfather-in-law, R. Jay Nash of Camanche, IA; sister-in-law, Margie Stillwagon, West Palm Beach, FL; and a host of many friends and relatives.

Kay was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but will live on in our hearts forever.

[Dean O. Troncin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 28, 1998    p. 5

Dean O. Troncin

Dean O. Troncin, 74, Falls City, Nebraska, formerly of the Hopkins and Maryville areas, died Friday, December 26, 1997, at Falls City Community Medical Center, Falls City.

Born August 17, 1923, in Hopkins, Missouri, to Harry and Mable Ruth Grandall Troncin, he had worked as a telephone cable splicer for 35 years.

He married Leota [Fern] McKim, who preceded him in death.  He married Genevieve Purvis, February 19, 1971, in Hiawatha, Kansas.

Mr. Troncin had also lived in Rock Port, Missouri and moved to Falls City in 1959.  He was a member of the Air Force for three years during World War II.  He had also worked as a maintenance man at the Falls City Courthouse and was a self-taught locksmith.

He was preceded in death by one son, John Edward Troncin, and one brother, Bernard Troncin.

Survivors include his wife, Genevieve of Falls City; two sons, Larry Troncin, Falls City and Gary Troncin, Maryville; one daughter, Linda Chesnut, Reserve, Kansas; three step sons, Dennis Finner, Larry Finner and Jeff Finner, all of Falls City; one step daughter, Connie Gordon, Falls City; two brothers, Kenneth Troncin, Bedford, Iowa and Orville Troncin, Evansville, Indiana; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Mr. Troncin's body was donated to the Anatomical Board of the State of Nebraska.

Memorial services were held Friday, January 2, 1998, at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel, Falls City, Nebraska, with Fr. Robert Roh officiating.

[Grace Leaverton Dunn Clark]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 28, 1998    p. 5

Grace Clark

Grace Leaverton, daughter of Jason and Elizabeth Leaverton, was born north of New Market, Iowa, on May 26, 1898, the youngest of seven children and departed this life January 21, 1998, at the Lenox Care Center at the age of 99 years, 7 months and 25 days.

She grew up around the New Market area where she attended school and the Methodist Church.  Later in life she lived in Gravity until moving to the Lenox Care Center in December of 1975, after breaking a hip.

On November 17, 1917, she was united in marriage to William E. Dunn at Clarinda, Iowa.  To this union, one son, Darrell, was born.  On July 6, 1936, she married Jesse E. Clark of Gravity, Iowa.  She was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress, making her clothes by hand without any patterns.  She crocheted, tatted and pieced many quilts.  She also liked to read Western stories, work crossword and pictures puzzles, and do crafts.  After moving to the Care Center she crocheted dozens of afghans, giving most of them away.  She became legally blind several years ago so could not do all the things she enjoyed so much.  Despite this, she remained cheerful and never complained.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, son Darrell, six brothers and two stepdaughters, Alice Hadley and Frances Welch.  Left to cherish her memory are a daughter in law, Adessa Dunn, two grandsons, Patrick (wife Rita) and Dennis Dunn, a great grandson, Daniel Dunn, all of Sterling, Virginia; two step children, Garnette Lawson of Clarinda, Iowa, and Byron Clark of Green Valley, Arizona, also a special friend, Pat Beach, of Lenox, Iowa; and her family, who considered Grace family.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p. m. January 24, 1998, at the Maple Grove Cemetery near Guss, Iowa, with Rev. Tim Maxa of Lenox United Presbyterian Church officiating.  Raelene Best of Indianola, Iowa, daughter of Pat Beach, provided music.  Novinger Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford was in charge of services.

[Eva Viola McMillin Walter]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 28, 1998    p. 5

Eva V. (McMillin) Walter

Eva Viola McMillin was born February 21, 1916, to John E. and Mary C. (Downing) McMillin in Bedford, Iowa.  She passed away at Ashton Court in Liberty, Missouri, on January 11, 1998.

Eva grew up in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School.  She moved to St. Joseph, Missouri to care for her uncle, Jack Willoughby, until he passed away.  Eva then moved to Kansas City and worked for various companies in the Kansas City area.  Eva was united in marriage with Bennie D. Walter on July 4, 1973.  She retired from the Skaggs Drug Company in 1976.

Eva was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie; her sister, Flo; and her brothers, Gene, Elza and infant Percy.

Survivors include two sisters in law, Phyllis McMillin and Alma (McMillin) Northover; nieces, Virginia Coleman, Kathleen McCollaugh, Helen Coleman, Wilma McGraw, Mary Catherine Million, and Linda Anderson; nephews, Norman McMillin, Paul Eddy McMillin, and Ronald McMillin; her great nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

[Vesta Clark Barrans]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 10, 1990   

Vesta C. Barrans

Funeral services for Vesta C. Barrans were held Thursday, Oct. 11, 1990, at Coen-Beaty Funeral Home in Lenox with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.  Burial was in West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.

Vesta C. Barrans was born October 27, 1895, at New Market, Iowa.  She was one of four children born to George and Cora McAlpin Clark.  The family moved to Bedford while Vesta was still an infant.  She attended the Bedford schools and graduated in 1913.

Vesta accepted Christ as her Saviour in her teens during a revival at the Bedford Methodist Church.  She attended Sunday school, church, Junior and Epworth League regularly.  She also assisted as church organist.

Vesta was employed as a cashier by the Thompson Mercantile in Bedford for many years.

Vesta was married to Fred J. Barrans on January 1, 1956, at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox.  They enjoyed several years of marriage until Fred died January 23, 1969.  She was also preceded by two sisters:  Stella and Pearl and a brother, Glenn.

Vesta died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1990, at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 12 days.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Edith Notz of Lenox; nephew Richard Notz and wife Linda of Lenox; great niece Annette Paxton and great nephew Jeff Notz; and cousin Viola Shaffer of New Market.

[Ruby Irene McMullen Eppers]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 8, 1983    p. 8

Ruby Irene Eppers Final Rites Were Held December 7

Funeral services for Mrs. James (Ruby Irene) [McMullen] Eppers, 72, of Conway, were held December 7 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Carl Cummings officiating.  Mrs. Eppers died December 4, 1983, in Rosary Hospital, Corning.  Interment was at Conway (Ia.) cemetery.

[Eppers, Ruby Irene McMullen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 15, 1983

Ruby Eppers, 72 Last Rites Held December 7

Funeral services for Mrs. James O. (Ruby Irene) Eppers, 72, of Conway, held December 7 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Eppers died in Rosary Hospital, Corning, Iowa December 4, 1983. Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway, Iowa.

Ruby Irene McMullen Eppers, daughter of Joseph McMullen and Jessie Middleton McMullen, was born at Maryville, Missouri September 6, 1911. She grew to maturity in Hopkins, Missouri area where she attended the public school and the Methodist Church.

On July 29, 1940 she was united in marriage to James O. [liver] Eppers at Maryville, Missouri and they lived in the Conway community where they engaged in farming. She shared in the farm activities in addition to being a busy housewife arid homemaker for her family.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James O. [liver] Eppers; a sister, Lena, and a brother Harry.

Left to cherish her memory are, a daughter, Lena Mae, and son-in-law, Neil Pflanz; a son, Ralph Leroy; a grandson Clark Allen; two sisters: Marti Hewitt and Emma O'Dougherty; three brothers: Lavelle McMullen; Ralph McMullen and Everett McMullen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Her family and friends will remember her as a kind and considerate person and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.


[Lisa Lynn Glidden]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 10, 1983    p. 4

Lisa Glidden Funeral Wednesday

Lisa Lynn Glidden, 15 months, died Sunday afternoon at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.

She was born August 8, 1982, the daughter of Merle and Ethel Woods Glidden of Clarinda.

She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Brian and Edward; five sisters, Carol, Daisy, Susan, Christal and a twin sister, Victoria.  Grandparents are Ed Glidden of New Market and Maxine Woods of Bedford.

Funeral services will be held this Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home with interment in the Memory Cemetery near New Market.

Memorials may be directed to the Heart Fund.

[Bill Beach]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 31, 1983     p. 4

Bill Beach Services Held Tuesday, Mar. 29

Services for Bill Beach, 57, of Sharpsburg, were held Tuesday, March 29, at 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Lenox with Reverend Lester Hesseltine officiating.

Interment was in the East Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.

Mr. Beach died at the Rosary Hospital in Corning on Friday, March 25.

[Robert Morris Taylor]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 25, 1982     p. 4

Robert Morris Taylor Final Rites Were Held February 16

Funeral services for Robert Morris Taylor, 64, of Bedford, were held February 16 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Jim Dale.  Mr. Taylor died February 13, 1982, in the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda.  Military honors were conducted by Bedford American Legion Post 164 and interment was in Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Robert Morris Taylor, son of Earl E. Taylor and Virginia Morris Taylor, was born in Corning, Iowa, November 16, 1917.  He grew to maturity on a farm north of Gravity and attended Oak Hill Church.  He graduated from Gravity High School and attended Northwest Missouri State College.

On August 16, 1941, he was united in marriage to Madelyn Benson of Bedford in Picayune, Miss.  To this union two daughters were born, Linda Nicole and Catherine Diane.

In December 1941, Bob enlisted in the U. S. Air Force.  After a two-year duty in the United States, he was stationed in North Africa.  His tour of duty included North Africa and the Middle East.  He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and Westport Air Force Base in Massachusetts, where he received a medical discharge.  Following his discharge, he returned to live in Bedford and Taylor County.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ted Taylor.

Robert is survived by his wife Madelyn, his two daughters, Linda Cheney and Cathy Nicholson, all of Bedford; and four grandchildren.

[Roy Coleman Adkisson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 6, 1981     p. 8

Final Rites Held August 3 For Roy Adkisson

Funeral services for Roy Coleman Adkisson, 80, of Bedford, held August 3 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings.  Mr. Adkisson died August 1 in a rest home in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he had been for three weeks.  Interment was in Sidney Cemetery, Sidney, Iowa.

Roy Coleman Adkisson, son of Joshua and Iola Hodges Adkisson was born in Sidney, Iowa, February 20, 1901.

He grew to maturity in the Sidney Iowa area where he was active in the usual community affairs and attended the public school.  At 12 years of age he was baptized in the Baptist Church in Sidney, Iowa.

On May 23, 1925, he was united in marriage to Opal Butts of Thurman, Iowa, at Hiawatha, Kansas.  They farmed in the Sidney, Iowa area until 1940 when they purchased and moved to the farm east of Bedford where they have continued to live.

Two children were born to them: a son, Charles, who died at age three, and a daughter, Lela Mae.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles, one brother and four sisters.  He was the remaining member of his family.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Opal, of the home; daughter, Lela Mae and her husband William Swartz of Helena, Missouri; three grandchildren: Barbara Coker, Susan Rhodes and David Swartz; four great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He will be remembered as a kind and considerate loved one and friend and will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.

[Ethel Emma Spurgeon Keith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 22, 1981    p. 8

Final Rites Held January 17 For Ethel E. Keith

Funeral services for Mrs. Ollie F. (Ethel) Keith, 87, of Bedford, held January 17 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings.  Mrs. Keith died January 14, 1981, in Saint Francis Hospital, Maryville, Missouri.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Ethel Emma Spurgeon Keith, daughter of Martin M. (Mack) Spurgeon and Sarah Snell Spurgeon, was born at Bedford, Iowa, June 8, 1893.  She grew to maturity in the Bedford area, where she attended the public school and the Christian Church.

On March 14, 1909, she was united in marriage to Ollie F. [orest] Keith at Bedford, Iowa, and with the exception of one year lived in Canada, they made their home in Bedford.

One son, George Max Keith, was born to them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband who died October 2, 1965, two brothers, Ora and Roy Spurgeon, and one sister, Goldie Smith Morris.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Max, and his wife, Juanita [Hiatt], of Clinton, Iowa; three grandchildren: Benita Keith Cousins of Clinton, Iowa, Denise Keith of Seattle, Washington, and Stephen Keith of Clinton, Iowa; five great grandchildren; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

She will be remembered by her loved ones as a kind mother and grandmother and will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

[Robert Franklin Goodspeed]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1980    p. 4

Final Rites Held In N. Carolina For Robert Goodspeed

Memorial services for Robert Franklin Goodspeed of 100 Greenwood Drive, Hendersonville, N. Carolina, a native of Bedford, were held January 23 in the Wing Memorial Chapel of Hendersonville First Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member.  The Rev. Robert Henderson officiated.  Mr. Goodspeed died January 21 in a hospital in Hendersonville after a period of declining health.

Robert Franklin Goodspeed, a son of the late Franklin Arthur and Agnes Meikle Goodspeed, was born in Bedford, Iowa.  Robert's mother was a sister of John, Roy, and William Meikle, Sr.

He grew up west of Bedford and was graduated from Bedford High School in 1921.  Goodspeed and a close pal, Bud (Charles) Dinges, both played clarinet in the Bedford band on Saturday nights.

A graduate of University of Colorado, Mr. Goodspeed was a member of a Chicago Brokerage firm during his working years, living in Deerfield, Ill.  He retired to Hendersonville in 1963, where he had business associates who had also retired.

He is survived by his wife, Henrietta R. Goodspeed, Hendersonville; and many cousins, including Bill Meikle, Bedford, Elaine Meikle Nickel and Thelma Meikle Roller of Sun City, Arizona, and Ruth [Meikle] Koser and Marjorie [Meikle] Jensen, North Liberty, Iowa.

[Golda May White Wyckoff]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 29, 1979    p. 13

Golda May Wyckoff Dies In Missouri

Funeral services for Mrs. Albert (Golda May) [White] Wyckoff of Saint Charles, Mo., were held March 27 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford officiated by Rev. Dwayne Madsen.  Mrs. Wyckoff was killed in an auto accident in St. Charles March 23.  Interment was at Bedford Cemetery.

Her husband, Albert, died in 1967.

She is survived by two nephews, Albert White and Charles White who were reared in her home; and cousins including Mr. and Mrs. Alva Wyckoff, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Wyckoff and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gaule of Bedford, May Smith of Austin, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. Don Weil, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wyckoff, Laramie, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pullen, Henderson, Ia.; Ross Wyckoff and Leroy Wyckoff of Des Moines.

[Alva Lee Harland]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 15, 1979    p. 12

Lee Harland, 73, Last Rites Were Held March 10

Funeral services for Alva Lee Harland, 73, of Gravity, held March 10 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Harland died March 6, 1979, in Veterans Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa.  Gravity Legion Post No. 578 presented military honors at Dallas Center Cemetery, Taylor County, Ia.

Alva Lee Harland, son of I. Roy Harland and Mabel Lefever Harland, was born in Taylor County, Iowa, June 21, 1905.

He grew to maturity in the Gravity area where he attended the rural public school and graduated from the Bedford High School.

He resided on the farm until he was called into the service of his country February 6, 1942, serving overseas during the war, being stationed in Germany.

He was issued an Honorary Discharge October 2, 1945, and returned to the farm until ill health caused retirement from the farm.

His parents and two sisters, Opal Peterman, and Vera McClurg, preceded him in death.

Surviving him are three brothers, Albert Harland of Gravity, Iowa; Ivan Harland of Norwalk, Iowa, and Elvin Harland of Coweta, Oklahoma; five sisters, Viola Robinson of LeClaire, Iowa; Pearl Lottridge of Lincoln, Nebraska; Edna Collins of Gravity, Iowa; Neva Ross of Braggs, Oklahoma; and Ina Anderson of Placerville, California; other relatives and friends.

He attended the Gravity Christian Church in his youth.

Lee will be remembered as a considerate brother, loved one and friend.

[Estella Davis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   March 15, 1979    p. 12

Estella Davis, 79, Dies In Red Oak

Funeral services for Miss Estella Davis, 79, of Red Oak, formerly of Gravity, were held March 9 in Nelson-Boylan Funeral Chapel in Red Oak, officiated by Rev. Michael Dixon.  Miss Davis died March 6, 1979, in Vista Gardens Nursing Home in Red Oak, following a four-year illness. Interment was in Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Ia.

Estella Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Davis, was born in Gravity September 28, 1899.

She moved from Gravity to Red Oak in 1951.  Her lifetime occupation was employment at Thomas D. Murphy Co., from which she retired after 51 years.

Miss Davis was affiliated with the 15-20 year club of Thomas D. Murphy Co.

Her survivors include one brother, Harley Davis, Gravity; and four sisters, Mrs. Jess Greer, Prescott, Ia.; Mrs. Mamie Knerr, Corning, Ia.; Mrs. Arlene Young, Kansas City, Mo.; and Miss Addie Davis, Pickering, Mo.