|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
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.
Submitted by: Laura Kendall
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