Zada Violetta Brown – Sunday’s Obituary

Zada Brown and one of her Great Grandchildren (possibly my mom)

Zada Violetta Brown (1871-1966)

“Zada Violetta Brown, the daughter of Delbert and Margaret Gillian Brown, was born at Viola, Ia., on March 12, 1871 and passed away after a lengthy illness, July 5, at the age of 96 years.  She was the oldest in a family of 12 children.

The family lived for a time in the state of Ohio; and then at Dodge City, Kan., then returned to the Viola community to make their home.

On April 28, 1891 she was married to Isaac John McConaughy, They had one son, Gay, Mr. McConaughy passed away Jan. 17, 1894.

On March 30, 1899 she was married to John Isaac Klinefelter.  Four children, two sons and two daughters were born to them.  They lived in the Forest and Morley community throughout their married life.

Mrs. Klinefelter was a member of the Morley Evangelical United Brethren church and of the WSWS of the church.  She had also been a member of the Thimble society of the Forest church for many years.

Mr. Klinefelter passed away Dec.30, 1948.  Following the death of her husband, she made her home most of the time with her stepson, Will Klinefelter.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a daughter Margaret Lucinda, who died in infancy; a son, Lowell C. Klinefelter, who lost his life in an accident in 1938; and her son, Gay McConaughy, who passed away in 1957.  She was predeceased by her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a son, Howard L. Klinefelter, Rowley; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Falkers, West Branch; a stepson, Will Klinefelter, Anamosa; two step daughters, Mrs. Alta Riggs, Cedar Falls and Mrs. Cora Roberstson, Central City; one brother and one sister, Elzie Brown and Olin Brown, both of California; 26 grandchildren; 61 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews.

A family prayer service was held at the Forest EUB church at 11:15 on Friday, May 8 with the Memorial services in the church at 2 p.m. Rev. Lloyd Dutro, pastor was in charge of the services.  One of the great granddaughters, Karen McConaughy, (my mom) was soloist, singing, “The City Foursquare” and “In The Garden,” Mrs. Donald Brokaw was pianist.  Bearers were, Otis Siver, Donald Ruhl, Lewis Vernon, Robert Bainbridge, Donald Brokaw and Richard Smith.  Interment was in the Forest Cemetery.”

Besides the fact that my mother sang at her funeral and how many children and greats and great great grandchildren she had because she lived so long, this obituary interests me because of the reference to the family having lived in Dodge City, Kansas.  Knowing a little about the history of Dodge City during that time I am curious to know what they were doing there.


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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