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Ella McNamara Chesire
1873–May 4, 1918
Sudden Death Invades Home.
Whole County Mourns Devoted Mother

The community was shocked and saddened last Sat afternoon to learn of the death of Mrs. Ella Chesire, which occurred at Marshalltown, IA on May 4, 1918. The deceased had been in Marshalltown only a couple of days and was taken ill with pneumonia which quickly proved fatal.
Ella McNamara was the oldest of six daughters of the late Patrick McNamara and Ellen Kelly McNamara formerly of Wyoming, Jones Co., Iowa. On Oct. 1, 1900, she was united in marriage to John T. Chesire of Anamosa and since their marriage have made their home in Jackson Twp. on the farm. Five children were born to this union, Esther, Milton, Mary and Florence, who together with the bereaved husband survive, one daughter Clara, having passed away two years ago at the age of six years.
Mrs. Chesire was a devoted wife, mother and neighbor and a consistent Christian woman.
Besides her family she is survived by 5 sisters, Mrs. J. W. Conmey, Mrs. Maurice Fay and Mrs. Frank Hayes of Anamosa, Mrs. George Hart of Stuart, Iowa, and Mrs. Bessie Leresche of Chicago.
The funeral was held from the family home at 10:00 am on Monday to the Catholic Church of which denomination the deceased had been a life long member. A large cortege of sorrowing friends and neighbors attested the esteem in which the deceased was held.
The pastor, Father Power, officiated at the Mass and preached a tender and eloquent sermon, a tribute to motherhood, the greatest and most essential avocation of life. The uncertainties of life were again made manifest and the wisdom of the deceased in being at all times prepared for the call were commended. The reverend speaker added words of comfort to the motherless children who will miss the most essential of all earthly guidance.
The pall bearers were Frank Neville, Frank McNamara, Geo. C. Gorman, Geo. Nolan, J.E. Rhody and John Foley.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery at Anamosa.

Submitted by: Laura Kendall
Source: Anamosa Journal, Thurs. May 9, 1918.

Dies at Marshalltown

Mrs. John Chesire, a resident of this vicinity, died last Saturday afternoon at Marshalltown. Her death came as a surprise to this community, which had no warning that she was in serious condition. Mrs. Chesire had gone to Marshalltown two weeks before and entered St. Thomas hospital. The purpose of this was to submit to an operation for goitre. Organic heart trouble, due to the goitre, had developed and it was impossible to build her up physically to a condition which would permit of the operation. The Thursday before her death pneumonia developed. In her weakened condition she soon succumbed to this attack.
Mrs. Chesire was 46 years of age. Her maiden name was Ella McNamara, and she was born near Wyoming. She spent her girlhood and young womanhood in that locality, coming to live near Anamosa after her marriage to John Chesire. Mr. Chesire survives with four children, Esther, Milton, Mary and Florence, who range in age from 16 to 5 years. Another daughter, Clara, died two years ago at the age of eight years. Five sisters also survive. They are Mrs. LaResch of Chicago, Mrs. Hart of Stuart, Mrs. J.W. Conmey, Mrs. Frank Hayes and Mrs. Maurice Fay of Anamosa. Mrs. Chesire's death is particularly sad on account of the family of children she leaves who are thus deprived of the care and love of a devoted and affectionate mother.
Mr. Chesire went to Marshalltown Friday night and was with his wife when death came. Mrs. Conmey, Mrs. Hayes, the three youngest children, Mr. Frank Chesire and Miss Esther Chesire reached there a few hours after she had passed away on Saturday afternoon. The remains were brought to Anamosa, and the funeral, largely attended by neighbors, friends and acquaintances of the family, was held at St. Patrick's church on Monday morning. Dr. M. U. Cheshire, a brother-in-law, and Dr. D. A. Collison, both of Marshalltown, were here for the funeral.

Submitted by: Laura Kendall
Source: Anamosa Eureka, Thurs. May 9, 1918

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