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Bess E. McMurrin Sherman
17 June 1898–26 August 1997

Bess E. Sherman, 99, died Tuesday morning, August 26, 1997 in Community Hospital after a lengthy illness. Services: 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church, by Rev. Kirk Stump. Burial: Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Survivors include three daughters, Anne Eggleston of Plover, Wis., Audrey (Ernest) Purcell of Montgomery, Texas and Sheryl (Jack) Leonard of Anamosa; a son-in-law, Francis Newhard of Iowa City; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ownis; a daughter, Shirley Newhard; a son-in-law, Edward E. Eggelston and three brothers, Eugene, Dale and Chester.
Born June 17, 1898 in Morley, she was the daughter of John and Lucie Peck McMurrin. Bess received her education in Wyoming, graduating with the class of 1916. She then attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon. Bess married Ownis F. Sherman, who died in December 1930. In 1932, she began work for the Jones County Recorder's Office, retiring in 1970. In addition to being a member of the Anamosa United Methodist Church, she was a charter member of the BPW Club and the American Legion Auxiliary.
A memorial fund has been established.

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Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette

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