The Butterfield Family
Mrs. Ira Foreman Obituary
Contributed by Karen Barnett
Mrs. Ira Foreman
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the home and at the Walnut United Brethern church for Mrs. Ira Foreman. The Rev. W. G. Conner, pastor of the church had charge.
The church was able to seat only about one-third of the large number of relatives and friends who attended it being one of the largest funerals ever held there.
Stella Butterfield was born in Iowa, February 5, 1860 and died Wednesday morning at 1 o’clock at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 4 days.
On February 22, 1879 she was married to Ira Foreman and a little more that a they moved to Nebraska, locating in Knox county near Venus, where they resided continuously on the original homestead for fifty-four years.
Mrs. Foreman has been in falling heath for several months, resulting from heart trouble and complications but not until New Year’s day did her condition become serious.
"Aunt Stell," as she was familiarly known to her wide circle of acquaintances was one of the first settler of Knox county. She passed through the various hardships of the pioneer life with a cheerful determination for advancement. She had a keen interest in the settling and building up of the community.
Mrs. Foreman was a member of the United Brethern Church, a member of the Creighton Eastern Star chapter and Degree Honor lodge. She was a faithful worker and regularly attended sessions of the Ladies Aid Society and the Women’s club, both of which she was a charter member.
The high esteem in which she was held in the surrounding towns an community was shown by the great number of people who attended the services. The cortege was more than a mile in length.
Survivors include her husband, Ira Foreman; four sons, Jay and Claud, Creighton; Joe and Marscellus, both of Venus; and two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Gross, Almo, Texas, and Mrs. Leta Brookhauser, Orchard; and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Reah Foreman, Creighton. Two sons preceded their mother in death, Wesley in infancy and Floyd, nine years ago. She also leaves twenty-five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren one sister. Mrs. Cora Montgomery, Creighton, four brothers, Fred Butterfield, O’Neill; T. A. Butterfield, Orchard; Frank and Jet Butterfield, both of Venus, besides numerous other relatives.
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