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[Alexander, Herschel, Mrs.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 15, 1943    p. 4


Former Resident Dies

Mrs. Herschel Alexander Succumbs in Nebraska

Relatives here received word last week that Mrs. Herschel Alexander had passed away very suddenly at her home in Guide Rock, Nebraska.  She had been in a hospital recently but was reported to be much improved.

The Alexander family formerly resided in Blockton, removing to Guide Rock last spring.  Mrs. Alexander is survived by five small children, her husband, father, two sisters and two brothers.

[Melvin, Stuart Brainard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 3, 1969    [p. 1]

Stuart Melvin Rites Held Wed.

Funeral services for Stuart Melvin, 52, were held Wed. July 2, at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Melvin died June 29 at University Hospitals in Iowa City.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Among his survivors are his wife, Jean; mother, Mrs. Wilma Melvin; and sister, Mrs. Kevin Barker.

[Melvin, Stuart Brainard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 10, 1969    p. 3

Final Rites Held July 2 For Stuart Melvin

Funeral services for Stuart Melvin, 52, of Bedford, held July 2 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Mr. Carl Cummings.  Mr. Melvin died June 29 at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Stuart [Brainard] Melvin, son of Curtis [Ora] Melvin and Wilma [Wahneta] Stewart Melvin, was born July 28, 1916 near Bedford, Iowa.  He lived in Taylor County most of his life and received his education in the Bedford Public Schools and was graduated in the class of 1933.

On December 5, 1942 Stuart was united in marriage to Jean Longfellow and they continued to make Bedford their home.

He established a trucking business in 1941 and this remained to be his lifelong occupation.

He is survived by his wife, his mother, his father, one sister, Mrs. Kevin Barker, other relatives and many friends.

His entire life was dedicated to his family, his friends and his work.  His friendly way and cheerful smile will always be remembered.

Stuart ‘s honorable, progressive and self-reliant wisdom influenced many.  His considerate, ingenious and unique personality will long be remembered by all who loved and knew him.



[Mason, Maurice "Jimmie"]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 23, 1944    [p. 1]

Masons Youngest Son Dies In Action

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Mason of Waterloo, formerly of Bedford, have been notified that their son, Staff Sergeant Maurice Mason, 21, was killed in action January 30 in Italy.  He recently was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Africa.  Born in Lenox he was educated at Bedford and Independence, and was employed as a grocery clerk in Denison before entering service in October 1940.  Two brothers also survive.

Maurice was the Mason's youngest son and will be remembered here as Jimmie.

[Davidson, Lilly May Haun]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 23, 1944    [p. 1]

Mrs. A. B. Davidson Dies March 22nd

Mrs. A. [rchibald] B. [Boyd] Davidson [Lilly May Haun] of east of Bedford died at her home on Wednesday afternoon, March 22, having suffered a stroke Thursday of last week.  The funeral services will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon.

[Journey, Wilma Edna Cooke]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 11, 1944    [p. 1]

Mrs. Floyd Journey, New Market, Dies

Mrs. Floyd Journey [Wilma Edna Cooke] died at her home in New Market Tuesday morning, May 9, following an illness of several months.  She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Betty Jo and Nancy Lee, both of the home.  Also by her mother, Mrs. Kate Cook, of New Market.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church in New Market this (Thursday) afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. J. Overholt.  Burial was in Memory cemetery.

[Wells, Louisa M., Mrs.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 11, 1944    [p. 1]

Louisa M. Wells Dies in St. Joseph

Mrs. Louisa M.  Wells, 69, of St. Joseph, Mo., died Thursday, May 4, in a hospital in that city.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Siam Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Harry Walling of Clarinda.  Burial was in the Siam cemetery.

Mrs. Wells is a former resident of the Siam community, and was a sister-in-law of J. S. Wells of near New Market.  She left Siam about thirty years ago.

She is survived by three sons, Emmett Wells of St. Joseph, C.  [larence] H. Wells of Kansas City and Sgt. William H. Wells of Fort Jackson, S. C. and one daughter, Miss Bertha M. [ay] Wells of the home.  There are also three grandchildren and two brothers.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Scott of Bedford attended the last rites.

[Armstrong, John Richard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 3, 1952    p. 8

Obituary - John R. Armstrong

John Richard Armstrong, second son of G. [eorge] W. and Louisa [Switzer] Armstrong, was born May 29, 1876 and died Sunday, Dec. 23, at the age of 75 years, six months, 24 days.

When he was 16 years of age, he moved with his family to Taylor County, Iowa, where he spent the remainder of his life.

At eighteen years of age, he gave his heart to the Lord and united with the Gilead Methodist Church near Bedford.  Of late years he attended the Zion church at Bedford and became a member.  During a recent revival, which was held from Nov. 20 to Dec. 9, he only missed one night, always having the lights on and a warm fire awaiting those who came.

On Nov. 24, 1900, he was married to Nancy J. Green, who died Sept. 8, 1907.  On Sept. 3, 1919, he was married to Ella Thompson, who passed away March 2, 1943.

His father, mother, two sisters and a brother also preceded him in death.

He leaves one brother, Charlie Armstrong of Harrisonville, Mo., and two nieces.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Friday Dec. 28, conducted by Rev. and Mrs. T. J. Overholt.  Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Larson, Bertha Marie Krueger]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    Dec 17, 1981

Last Rites Held December 15 for Bertha Larson, 78

Funeral services for Mrs. John A. (Bertha Marie) Larson, 78, of Bedford were held December 15 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, conducted by Rev. Marcia Smith.  Mrs. Larson died December 11, 1981, in Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Bertha Marie Larson, daughter of Emil and Anna Greiner Krueger, was born in Grand Junction, Iowa, November 26, 1903.  She lived in Grand Junction and grew to maturity there where she attended the public school and the Lutheran Church.

In 1945 she was united in marriage to John A. Larson at Bedford and they lived in Bedford.

She was employed by Cudahy Packing Co. in Bedford for 11 years and by Mount Arbor Nursery in Shenandoah for several years.

Mrs. Larson was a member of the Lutheran church in which she was baptized in 1904.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John A. Larson; a brother, Karl Krueger; nieces and nephews and many friends.

She was a kind and considerate wife and will be missed by those who loved her.

[Stewart, Hattie Jane Gant]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 17, 1971    p. 4

Mrs. Bert Stewart Rites June 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Bert (Hattie) Stewart [Hattie Jane Gant], 92, lifelong resident of Siam, were held June 11 at the Siam Church of Christ with Pastor Loren Daly officiating.  Mrs. Stewart died June 8 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.  Interment was at the Siam Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Doyle Cooper (Anna) and Mrs. John Maudlin (Bessie), both of New Market, Iowa, and Mrs. Almira Renfro of Arizona, and one son, Eldon Stewart, Siam.

Her husband preceded her in death in November 1970.

[Kemery, Hettie Jane Rusco]


Thursday     April 26, 1928    [p. 3]

Mrs. Hettie Jane Kemery

Mrs. Hettie Jane Kemery was born May 14, 1878, and departed this life April 17, 1928, at her home two miles west of Athelstan, Ia., aged 49 years, 11 months and 3 days.  She was united in marriage to Albert Kemery, Aug. 19, 1893.  To this union was born two children, one son, Ira Kemery of Blockton, Ia., and one daughter, Mrs. C. [harles] T. [homas] Fluke [Azelda Hazel] of Blockton, Ia.  She leaves to mourn her departure, her companion, her two children, and two grandchildren, Clyde Kemery and Reta Fluke of Blockton, her father, Alfred Rusco; and six half sisters, Mrs. Thomas White, of Strand, Ia.; Mrs. Fred Bowens of Conway, Ia.; Mrs. Henry McNeese [Della] of Blockton, Ia.; Mrs. Frank Young of Solomon, Kans.; Mrs. Irvin Mercer [Lola] of Conway, Ia.; and Mrs. Raymond Reece of Athelstan, Ia.; besides many other relatives and friends.  At a tender age she lost by death two little sisters, and her mother, Ruthie Jane Cordell Rusco, died Dec. 25, 1887.  Although left motherless, she embraced the Christian faith shortly afterward.  Her life has ever been a living testimony, and if through frailty and mistakes she sometimes erred, it was not of the heart.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother, a generous, kind and helpful neighbor, ever willing to lend a hand to any worthy cause.  She was an interested Sunday school worker, a faithful attendant at divine worship as health and strength permitted; and by those who knew her intimately, she will be sadly missed.

The funeral services were held in the Mt. Zion Church, April 18, 1928, conducted by Challie E. Graham, Chas. A. Jones and Mac Lamar, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Athelstan cemetery.  The entire community unite in extending sincere sympathy to the sorrowing husband and family.  May they look to Him who has promised to wipe away all tears.

[Kemery, Hettie Jane Rusco]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     May 3, 1928     p. 3

Mrs. Al Kemery [Hettie Jane Rusco] passed away at her home Tuesday, April 17, after a week’s illness. She is survived by her husband, one daughter and son, and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25, at the Mt. Zion church and was conducted by Challie E. Graham, assisted by Rev. C. A. Jones and Rev. Lamar. Interment was made in the Athelstan cemetery.

[Sheley, Emsy Christina Bordner]


Thursday    April 26, 1928    [p. 3]

Emsy Bordner Sheley

Emsy Christina Bordner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Bordner, was born September 29, 1869, at Lewiston, Fulton County, Illinois, and died at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo., April 16, 1928, aged 58 years, 6 months and 18 days.  At the age of eleven years she moved with her parents to Taylor County, Iowa, where she grew to a splendid womanhood.  She was married to Melford J. Sheley in 1888, and to this union were born five children, three daughters and two sons.  The daughters are Mrs. Carrie Roush of Hopkins, Mo., Mrs.  [Jessie] Annice Horning of Bedford, Iowa, and Mrs. Velma Oberhauser of Hopkins, Mo.  The sons are Faye Sheley of Shenandoah, Iowa, and the other is Floyd of Bedford, Iowa.

She was a woman of rare qualities, much strength of personality, and possessing a most congenial and happy disposition.  She was greatly devoted to her family and would readily undergo any sacrifice that their comfort and happiness might be conserved.  She was prominent in Rural Club Circles, taking a great interest in the Valley Community Club, of which she was a very influential member, and had served the club as its vice president.  She was also a very active member in the Valley Local of the Farmers Union.  In early life, she saw the worth whileness of allying herself with God and was converted and at once joined the Methodist church in Siam, Iowa, later transferring her membership to Hopkins, Mo., where she held her membership at the time of her death.  She leaves to mourn her death her devoted husband and five children, four sisters who are Mrs. James Williams of Lake City, Kansas, Mrs. James Quigley of Lewiston, Ill., Mrs. Elmer Orme and Mrs. Sidney Webb of Bedford, Iowa, and three brothers who are John and Harry Bordner of Bedford, Iowa, and Frank Bordner of Hopkins, Mo.  Aside from these she also leaves eight grandchildren, besides hosts of other friends and relatives.  Her funeral was conducted in the Methodist church of Hopkins, Mo., by her pastor, the Rev. J. Howard Thompson, Wednesday afternoon, after which she was laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery to await the end of all things.  The grief stricken family will have the sympathy of all in their sorrow.

[Novinger, Fred Schultz]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 17, 1971    [p. 1]

Boyd Novinger's Father Dies In California

Fred [Schultz]Novinger, 74, former New Market resident and World War I veteran, died June 8 in San Bernardino, Calif., following a lingering illness.  Services and interment were in San Bernardino.

Survivors include his wife, Lee, of the home, two sons, Boyd, of Bedford, and Gordon, of San Bernardino; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Travis [Gertrude Alice] of Clarinda and Mildred Balinger of Hamburg, Ia.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Novinger [Wilma Shum] and daughter, Christy Lu, arrived at the senior Novinger home June 2.

[Peck, Scott]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 31, 1938    [p. 1]

Scott Peck, 78, Died Here Friday

Scott Peck, 78, a resident of Bedford and community for many years, died at his home in north Bedford Friday morning, March 25, 1938.

He was a brother of the late Mrs. Jacob Blake [Lydia] of Bedford and is survived by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick.  Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Kemery, Ira Birl]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 2, 1950    p. 3

Obituary - Ira B. Kemery

Ira B. [irl] Kemery, son of Albert and Hettie [Jane Rusco] Kemery, was born in Jackson Township, Taylor County, July 9, 1895, and died at his home near Blockton, January 21, 1950.

On Dec. 13, 1914, he was married to Vesta Adams.  To them a son, Clyde [Kenneth], was born.  The mother passed away Feb. 7, 1920.

On October 13, 1925, Mr. Kemery married Mrs. Florence McConahay.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, and her three daughters, Mrs. Darlene Wells, Joan and Shirley; his son and wife; two grandsons, Jerry and Wayne; his sister, Mrs. Azelda [Hazel] Fluke and husband, and their three daughters, Mrs. Reta Miller, Mrs. Hazel Lawrence and Cecile Fluke.

In the year 1927 he united with the Mount Zion church near Athelstan.

His boyhood days and earlier manhood was spent as a farmer.  He moved to Blockton in 1926, buying a blacksmith business and continued to work at this occupation for 19 years.  In the fall of 1945 he returned to the farm, devoting much time to the formation of a Jersey dairy herd.  He was a faithful husband, a loving father, a kind, helpful neighbor and a devoted church worker.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Blockton, Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 2 p. m., with Rev. Floyd and Linda Tolby officiating.  Burial was in the Athelstan cemetery.

Mrs. A. H. Kehrer of Palo Alto, California, arrived last week, called by the death of her brother-in-law, Ira Kemery.

[Reed, Jesse Edgar]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 2, 1901    [p. 4]

Death of Jesse Edgar Reed

Jesse Edgar Reed died at his home   in Oxford, Kansas, April 16, 1901, aged 23 years, 7 months and 20 days.  About four years ago he was a resident of Gravity.  He was a nephew of Mrs. J. W. Paul, of Bedford.

[McCracken, Carey, Infant of]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     May 2, 1901    [p. 4]

The Fall Crushed Its Skull

The sad news reaches Bedford that the fifteen months old girl of Mr. and Mrs. Carey McCracken fell from a second story window on the pavement below and crushed its skull.  It lived only an hour or two.  Mr. McCracken is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. McCracken, of Bedford, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

[Aiton, Lucy Needham]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 16, 1971    p. 8

Mrs. Arch Aiton, 87, Dies In Denver

Mrs. Arch (Lucy) Aiton [Lucy Needham], 87, of Denver, formerly of Bedford, died December 6 in Denver.  Services were held in Denver December 9.

Her survivors include two sons and a daughter, in Denver; William, Donald and Catherine.  Donald has been in a hospital since Thanksgiving, following a heart attack.

[Arthur, Sarah Jane Maxwell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 15, 1968    p. 6

Sarah Arthur Rites Feb. 7

Funeral services for Mrs. Edward (Sarah) Arthur, 89, of New Market, were held at the New Market Church of Christ February 7, conducted by Rev. Mitchell.  Mrs. Arthur died at her home in New Market, February 5, 1968.

Sarah Jane Maxwell Arthur, daughter of John and Harriett Maxwell, was born March 6, 1878, in Taylor County.  She was a resident of Taylor County most of her life and the last 24 years a resident of New Market.

Sarah was married to Edward Arthur, December 19, 1894, at New Market.  They farmed until retiring and moved to New Market in December 1943.

Born to this union were 11 children, Mamie Thompson, Sweet Home, Ore.; Crystal Savage, Modesto, Calif.; Pearl Pierson, New Market, Inez Bayles, Coin, Iowa; Opal Crawford, Dow City, Ia.; Nellie Arthur, New Market, Ia.; Carl Arthur, New Market, Ia.; Ethel Mackey, Clearmont, Mo., and Velma Plowman, Sharpsburg, Ia.

She is survived by her children; 41 grandchildren; 90 great grandchildren; 37 great great grandchildren; four sisters:  Ada Anderson, New Market; Cora Savage, Hayward, Calif.; Florence Snively, New Market, Ia.; Lola McDaniel, Pocatello, Idaho; many nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, New Market.

[Woodward, Walter Roy, Sr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 15, 1968    p. 6

Walter Woodward Dies In Missouri

Funeral services for Walter R. [oy] Woodward, 69, of Camden, Mo., were held January 3 at the Camden Baptist Church with Rev. Claude Gay in charge.  Mr. Woodward died December 31, 1967 in Camden, Mo.  Interment was at Cravens Cemetery.

Walter R. [oy] Woodward, Sr., son of Ralph and Rella [Ridenour] Woodward, was born in Taylor County April 23, 1898.

He had lived for sometime near Kansas City, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, January 4, 1967.

Mr. Woodward is survived by his three sons, Howard Woodward of Long Beach, Calif., Walter Woodward, Jr., of the home, Bill Woodward, Arlington Heights, Ill., one foster daughter, Mrs. Leland Foster, Long Beach, Calif., a brother, Clarence Woodward of Bedford.

[Shehan, Ernest John]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday   July 4, 1940    p. 5

Ernest Sheehan Dies

Ernest [John] Sheehan [Shehan], a resident of the county home, died Monday morning.  The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson.  Burial was in the Bedford cemetery.

 [Shehan, Ernest John]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 8, 1945     [p. 1]

Killed in Action

Word has been received by Mrs. Walter Croy [Ethel Martin Shehan Stafford], Omaha, that her son, S. Sgt. Ernest John Shehan, formerly reported missing in action, was killed in action over France, Nov. 30.  He was a radio operator with the 9th Army Air Force.

John entered the service April 25, 1942, and had been overseas since July.

Another son, Pfc. Robert M. [artin], entered service Oct. 29, 1942, and is with the 424 Inf. in Belgium.  He has been overseas since Oct.

Both John and Bob, before entering service, were employed by the Cudahy Packing Plant at Bedford.

They are grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. J. [acob] W. [aller] Martin.

 [Schneider, Maxine Dunbar]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 18, 1976    p. 7

Maxine Schneider Final Rites Held November 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Raymond (Maxine) Schneider, 63, of Bedford, were held November 11, in the First Baptist Church in Bedford with Pastor Carter Smith and Pastor Leonard Kitson officiating.  Mrs. Schneider died November 9, 1976, in Clarinda Municipal Hospital.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Maxine Dunbar Schneider, daughter of Edgar Clyde and Ethel Edna Beadel Dunbar, was born in Lenox, Iowa, on December 29, 1912.

She lived in the Lenox community where she attended the public school and was a member of the Christian Church, later transferring her membership to the First Baptist Church, Bedford, Iowa.  After graduation, she taught in several rural schools around Lenox.

On January 1, 1944, she was united in marriage to Raymond Wildman Schneider at Maryville, Mo., and to this union two daughters were born.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, her father, two brothers and one sister.

She was blessed with four grandchildren, who were very special in her life.

Maxine lived her life for God and loved serving Him.  Through teaching in public school and Sunday school, Maxine touched many young hearts and lives.  She was a loving wife and mother.

Although everyone who knew Maxine will miss her greatly, we know that her rewards and her eternal life with God are just beginning.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Phyllis Marvelli and her husband, Melvin, of Carlisle, Ia., Christina Long and her husband, Richard, of Lenox, Ia.; mother, Ethel Dunbar of Lenox, Iowa; three sisters, Lenore Bailie of Lenox, Olive Sutton of Ottumwa, and Phyllis Brown of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, George Dunbar of Omaha, Nebraska and Dick Dunbar of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Kimberly and Daren Long, Brandon and Bambi Marvelli, other relatives and a host of friends.

Maxine's memory will glow in the hearts of everyone who loved her.

[Goudie, Michael Paul]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 18, 1976    p. 7

Mike Goudies' Son Taken In Death

Michael Paul Goudie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Goudie, Conrad, Iowa, was born November 8, weighing 2 lbs., 3 ozs.  He died November 13 at Blank Memorial Hospital in Des Moines.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rex Dukes, Hopkins, Mrs. Barbara McCubbin, Conrad, and Clifford Paul Zink, Beaman.  Great grandmothers are Mrs. Ruby Snyder and Mrs. Burnyce Goudie.  Great great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Cole, Bedford.

Services were held 3 p. m., November 15, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.

[Newkirk, Jennie Greeley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 3, 1975    p. 3

Jennie Newkirk, 81, Rites Held Wed.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carl (Jennie) Newkirk, 81, of Blockton were held Wed., Apr. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Blockton conducted by Rev. Jerrold Swinton.  Mrs. Newkirk died at her home near Blockton March 29, 1975.  Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

 [Newkirk, Jennie Greeley]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 10, 1975    p. 6

Last Rites Held April 2 For Jennie Newkirk

Funeral services for Mrs. Carl (Jennie) Newkirk, 81, of Blockton, were held April 2 at the Blockton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerrold Swinton officiating.  Mrs. Newkirk died at her home near Blockton March 29, 1975.  Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

Jennie Greeley Newkirk, eighth child of Rachel Barnes and Frank Greeley, was born July 9, 1893, near Gravity.

She attended rural schools in Taylor County and was graduated from Gravity High School.  She attended Iowa State Teachers College at Cedar Falls and taught in rural schools in Taylor County four years.

She was married to Carl Newkirk on March 3, 1920 at Bedford.  To this union were born five children.  They are:  Cecil of Bedford, Dean of Athelstan, Dale of the home, Jean Vance of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Ann Meek of Blockton. 

She is also survived by two daughters-in-law; two sons-in-law; 15 grandchildren; two step grandchildren, and one great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, two sisters, her husband, Carl, and one grandson.

She was always diligent in her participation in community and civic affairs, having held various offices in farm and benevolent organizations over the years.  She dearly loved her Lord and Savior, serving as a lifelong member of the Methodist Church in many capacities.

Words cannot describe the vacancy her passing has caused in the hearts and lives of her friends and loved ones, but we know she has taken her place in the blissful Haven of peace and rest.

Services were held 3 p. m., November 15, with burial in Fairview Cemetery.

[Bownes, Maudie D. Hunt]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    January 19, 1950    p. 9

Former Resident Dies

Mr. and Mrs. M. [elvin] F. Older [Georgia Bownes] received word Friday of the death of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Elvin [Oscar] Bownes [Maudie D.], at Council Bluffs.  She had been in Mercy Hospital several months.  She was a daughter of Rev. Will Hunt of Redding and formerly resided here.