Graveside funeral services for Donella Showers, 89, will be Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 2:30 PM at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola, Iowa. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM on Thursday at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Donella was born October 28, 1919 in Ringgold County near Mt. Ayr to Don and Goldie Bassett Newton. She attended school in the Kellerton and Beaconsfield area and graduated from Beaconsfield in 1938. She married Chester Showers on April 10, 1946. Donella worked as a cook at the Leon Hospital and later ran the grocery store in Melcher with her husband Chester for three years. Family was always important to Donella, she enjoyed babysitting, cooking, sewing, or anything else that would help her family. She also liked to travel. Donella and Chester enjoyed many family vacations and traveling through out the country. And of course Donella enjoyed her grandchildren more than anything. Donella passed away Monday, September 21, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Chester; granddaughter Debra South; and siblings: Lester Newton, Artie Newton, Wayne Newton, Owen Newton, and Ardella Smith. Donella will be missed by her children: David (Bonnie) Showers of Melcher-Dallas, Janie (Michael) Merboth of Orient, Sue (Eldon) South of Melcher-Dallas, and Janet (Larry) Adair of St. Charles; 13 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; brothers: Hugh Newton of Lewis, Al Newton of Weldon, Tom Newton of Derby, and Gary Newton of Atlantic; and many nieces and nephews.
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