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Lefa Mary Pash Somerville
September 23, 1918–February 14, 2011
Lefa M. Somerville, 92, of Long View, Texas, formerly of Wyoming, died on Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14, 2011, in Longview, Texas.
A graveside service and burial was held on Monday, February 21, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. at Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa. Lahey Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming was in charge of arrangements.
Lefa Mary (Pash) Somerville was born September 23, 1918 in Coffey, Missouri, to Harvey and Mamie Pash.
She was raised on farms in Davies County, Missouri and Harlan, Iowa. Lefa graduated from Harlan High School on May 25, 1936, with her twin sister, Leta May and her future husband, Paul Wesley Somerville.
In 1942, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet College, Bourbonnaise, Illinois; Paul and Lefa were married in the chapel at Olivet on August 8 that same year. The young couple then set off on a life of pastoring Methodist Churches in New York, Iowa and Oklahoma, until Paul's death on Christmas Eve 1995.
Lefa was a fine librarian, working at the Cresco Public Library and at school libraries in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs and Oelwein, Iowa. She earned an advanced degree in Library Science from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
She is survived by one brother, Olin Pash, Harlan, Iowa; a daughter Phyllis Somerville, New York City; two sons and their wives, Bruce Somerville and Irene Horowitz, Marco Island, Florida; Stephen and Cameron Somerville, Long View, Texas; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Paul Wesley Somerville, her son, Paul Lewis Somerville, her twin sister, six other sisters and six brothers.
Paul's family, the Somerville's, were always a very important part of Lefa's life.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 25 Februaray 2011

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