AMANDA ANN (HAMILTON) NEWELL - was born in
Princeton, Ill., March 1, 1865 and departed this life July 26, 1939, after
an illness of three weeks, being 74 years, four months, 26 days. She was the
eldest of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Hamilton, two brothers
Frank and George preceding her in death. One brother, Arthur, lived in New
Bedford and a sister, Mrs. Nellie Brems, in Princeton. She received her
education in Princeton schools, moving to New Bedford, Ill., after her
marriage to John E. Newell, in 1881. Mr. Newell passed away 31 years ago. To
this union eight children were born: Frank of Princeton; George, Mrs. Maude
King, Mrs. Mabel Draper all of Sheffield, Ill.; Mrs. Myrtle Lange of New
Bedford and Carrie Hopkins of Santa Ana, Calif. Two died in infancy.
Mrs. Newell has lived all her life in Bureau
County and 19 years of that period served the community as telephone
operator of the Farmers' Telephone Co., which she served in a capable and
efficient manner. Being so much a part of a large circle of friends, she was
lovingly spoken of as "Aunt" Manda." She was very kind in disposition,
always looking on the bright side of life, loving her home, children,
flowers, and music, best of all. Mrs. Newell united with the Church of
Christ at New Bedford 35 years ago and served her Master until death,
realizing her days were numbered, at her departure bade her children come to
see her "Over There."
Her life was like a sunny day with a cloud
towards its sunset, for the last 12 years were spent in blindness, yet she
pressed bravely on uncomplainingly with the thought she had enjoyed sight in
days gone by. Little Joyce Draper, a granddaughter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Draper, with whom she resided, became her "eyes" reading to her,
describing color of flowers and beauty of nature. Life was made still more
precious to her by the kindness of her children, her grandchildren,
relatives, and friends who tried to ease this affliction.
Mrs. Newell leaves to mourn her departure, her
children, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many relatives and
friends. Her daughter Carrie, her brother Arthur and his daughter Ruby who
are in California were unable to be present for the rites.
Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from
the New Bedford Church of Christ. Committal was at the
(The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois,
July 31, 1939 - Monday pg 6, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)