Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Phoebe Jane Norris, 1857-1940

Daily Iowegian - 6 December 1940
Pheba J. Norris, Pioneer Resident of County Taken
Spent Three Quarters of Century On Farm Near Numa
Funeral Services Sunday
  Pheba Jane Norris, 83, resident of Appanoose county for three quarters of a century died at her home 2 miles north of Numa at 3:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
  Miss Norris had suffered a broken hip more than a year ago and had been bedfast since then. Her sister, Lana Brown of Ames, had been in attendance during the entire period of illness.
  Miss Norris came to Appanoose with her parents when she was eight years old. The family moved to the farm near Numa and it has been the old Norris home since then.
Loses Mother
  When Miss Norris was nineteen, her mother died, so the task of rearing the family of ten children fell to her and an older sister.
  Early in life she joined the Methodist church and was faithful in attendance as long as her health permitted. She was a steady church worker and held various church and Sunday school offices for many years.
  Her health had not been good for the past 25 years but she refused to give in to illness until the accident more than a year ago.
  In death she leaves three brothers, Charles of Harris, Mo., Lewis of Centerville, route 3, and Guthrie, of Marshalltown, and one sister, Mrs. Brown.
  Funeral services will be held at the Jerome M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock. Burial will be at Jerome.
  Phoebe Jane Norris was born 8 November 1857 in Davis County, Iowa, daughter of Jacob Norris and Mary Jane Abbott, and died 5 December 1940 on the Norris farm north of Numa.

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