Friday, May 1, 2009

Ida Louisa Johnson Murphy, 1863-1938

  Ida Louisa Johnson, daughter of George and Harriet Johnson, was born near Racine, Wis., on June 5, 1863, and departed this life at her home near Numa, Iowa, Feb. 22, 1938, at the age of 74 years, 8 months and 17 days.
  On October 13, 1885, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Alva Murphy at her parents home in Numa, Iowa. To this union five children were born, four of whom survive her passing. One son, Addison Alva, passed away at the age of six months. The surviving children are: Fred, at home, Gale at Centerville, Iowa, and Bert of Maywood, Illinois. Her husband preceded her in death on June 3, 1932. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Marylin [Marilyn] and Bert of Maywood, Illinois, and two brothers and one sister, Harris Johnson of Numa, and Fred of Puente, Calif., and Mrs. Laura Inman of Ardmore, S. D.  Following her marriage she and her husband moved to the farm where she lived her entire married life of nearly 53 years. 
  During the past few years she has been in failing health, but her last illness dates back to Thanksgiving day of last year. 
  She has been almost a life-time member of the Methodist church of Numa. But she enjoyed the Christian fellowship of people of other denominations. When her family was at home, they often attended other churches and for years attended the Christian Bible school of Numa. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters as long as it was active in Numa.
  Mrs. Murphy was a woman of fine character, a kind neighbor and loving mother. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Numa and burial in the Numa cemetery.
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  Transcribed from Soldiers Buried in Appanoose County, Iowa Before World War II and Some Obituaries of Early Settlers compiled by Osee Johnson Knouf [S.I. Daughters of the American Revolution, La-Grange-Illinois Society, 1977] on FHL Film #1703828, Item #3 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

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