Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mary Magdaline Norris Dershem, 1878-1933

Daily Iowegian - May 1933
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  Mary Magdaline Norris, youngest child of Jacob and Mary Jane Norris, was born Jun 8, 1878, in Appanoose County, Iowa, and passed away at the Centerville hospital May 1, 1933, after a short illness at the age of 54 years, 10 months and 23 days.  She was united in marriage to James E. Dershem May 12, 1903.
  She was converted and united with the M.E. church in Numa at the age of 12 years. She was organist at the church for five or six years, attended church and Sunday school until the failing health of her husband prevented it.  She was of a cheerful disposition making friends with everyone who made her acquaintance and was never happier then when doing something to make some one happy. 
  She will be greatly missed in the home and community.  She leaves to mourn her untimely departure her devoted husband, James E. Dershem, three sisters, Glendora and Pheba at home, Lona (sp) Brown of Seymour, three brothers, Lewis of near Numa, Guthrie of Cedar Rapids, Charlie G. of Cincinnati, and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, four brothers and two sisters. 
  Funeral services were held May 3rd in the Jerome M.E. church, conducted by Rev. Lanning of Centerville, and she was laid to rest in the Jerome cemetery.
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Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and help during the illness and death of our dear wife and sister, and for the beautiful floral offering and to those who furnished the music.
James E. Dershem,
Glendora and Pheba Norris,
Lona Brown,
Lewis, Guthrie, and Charles Norris
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Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
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  The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of this obituary to The Jerome Journal by Debbie Hess Edward.  It also appears among the obituaries posted on the Appanoose County IAGenWeb site

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