OTTUMWA-Violet May Newell, 95, of Ottumwa, passed away at 4:24 a.m. December 20, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
She was born November 9, 1921 in Wapello County, IA to Prince Carl and Nannie Millard Schwartz. She married her grade school sweetheart Floyd William Newell on March 19, 1941. He preceded her in death on February 27, 2016.
She graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1940, worked at John Morrell & Co. and in the office at John Deere Ottumwa Works while her husband was serving in WWII. She was an excellent cook and prepared many meals for the farm workers. She enjoyed working with youth and did so as a 4-H leader, church and 4-H camp counselor, and a member of the Davis County Council. She was a member of the Bloomfield Christian Church for 60 years serving as a diaconate and on various committees. Currently, was a member of Davis Street Christian Church. She was a beautiful seamstress and their family farm was the site of many family gatherings. She enjoyed gardening, her neighborhood club, card parties and working in her yard. She was loved and respected by those she had touched with her gentle nature. Floyd and Violet enjoyed square and ballroom dancing as much as the family enjoyed watching them.
Surviving is her daughter, Linda (Bill) Farrington of Agency; two grandchildren, Stacey (Steve Giberson) Weeks of Ottumwa and Travis (Crystal) Poli of Norwalk; two step-grandchildren, Bill (Laura) Farrington of Marshalltown and Chad (Laura) Farrington of Ottumwa; 7 great grandchildren; and a brother, Earl (Mary) Schwartz of Blythewood, SC and many nieces, nephews, their families, and the special family of Cathy and Pat Casady.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sharon Newell in 1964; and four brothers, Lawrence, Ivan, Odess and Clifford.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. James H. Wakelin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation will begin after 1 p.m. Thursday with the family present one hour prior to the service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Davis Street Christian Church.