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Estella Matilda Preston Stingley
May 8, 1859–October 21, 1939

Center Junction Pioneer Lady Died Saturday

Estella Matilda Stingley, 80, of Center Junction, died at about midnight, Saturday, October 21, in the house of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Spohn, at Cedar Falls. Mrs. Stingley left three weeks ago for Cedar Falls where she planned to spend the winter with her children. Heart disease, from which she had been suffering for some time, caused her death.
Mrs. Stingley was born in Williams county, Ohio, May 8, 1859, the daughter of Henry Preston and Helen Parker-Preston. When she was six years old the family came to Jones county and settled on a farm south of Center Junction. Here Estella Preston grew to womanhood and here in 1876 she was married to William A. Stingley. They lived on the farm until 1886 when they moved to Center Junction and here Mrs. Stingley made her home for 53 years. Mr. Stingley preceded her in death 13 years ago.
She is survived by four sons, William of Peoria, ILL.; Earl H. and Ross of Cedar Falls and Harry E. of Center Junction and four daughters, Bertha Spohn, Cedar Falls; Maude Duncan, Riceville; Oliver Opperman, Waterloo and Helen South, Kansas City, Kan.; a daughter, Alma, died in 1900. She also leaves a sister, Helen Woodburn, Newark, N. J. Fourteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of friends also survive.
Mrs. Stingley joined the Presbyterian church February 14, 1886 and later transferred her membership to the Methodist church. She served as a member on the church board for many years, and was very active in all departments of the church. She was president of the Ladies Aid society for years, holding that office until about three years ago when her health began to fail.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Center Junction Methodist church with the Rev. W. H. Farnham of Monona officiating. Burial was in Madison Pioneer cemetery east of Center Junction. The pallbearers were her four sons and her two sons-in laws, Ed Duncan, Riceville and W. E. Spohn, Cedar Falls.

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Source: Anamosa Eureka, Oct. 26, 1939

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