Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Pansy K. (Newby) Stevens

My maternal great, great granduncle, Strother E. Newby and his first wife Flora A. (Lindamood) Newby may have divorced prior to, or shortly after their daughter Pansy was born. They were married in August of 1888 and Pansy was born in June of 1889. For reasons unknown, neither parent took responsibility of raising her and Pansy became an orphan. It was a blessing in disguise however, because Pansy's maternal aunt, Mary J. (Lindamood) Goldsberry and her husband Truman, their own children having died young, took Pansy in and raised her as their own and gave her a good education. I had already pieced many of the main events of Pansy's life together before coming across her obituary which confirmed what I already knew. 

Obit: National Road Traveler - March 12, 1953

                 PANSY NEWBY STEVENS
National Road Traveler
March 12, 1953
     LEWISVILLE - Mrs. Pansy Newby Stevens, a former resident of Lewisville, died March 4 at Springfield, Ill., where she had made her home since her marriage in 1918 to C. A. Stevens.
     Left an orphan in infancy, Mrs. Stevens was reared in Lewisville in the home of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Truman Goldsberry. She was a graduate of the Spiceland Academy and Indiana University and later taught at Mt. Comfort and Springfield. At the time of her death she was art director in the Springfield State library. Her husband and an infant daughter, Mrs. Thomas Nelson of Springfield, a son, Chester Stevens of Evanston, Ill., and three grandchildren.
     Funeral services and interment were at Springfield.

I think, in the second paragraph, some words got omitted and it should have read: Her husband and an infant daughter preceded her in death and she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Nelson of Springfield, a son...., etc.". Pansy was also married in 1919, not 1918 and her actual date of death was March 7, 1953, not March 4.

You can read more about Pansy here from a previous post: Pansy: Daughter of Strother and Flora A. (Lindamood) Newby



  1. A mother named Flora and a daughter named Pansy should have had a happy life together. I read about Strother's death, but couldn't get far, as that is almost how my g-grandmother died, by laying on railroad tracks. You've done a lot of research on this family, and I bet someday Flora will appear.

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Barbara! I'm sure she will too. I just don't understand how both parents could give up their infant daughter for someone else to raise. I don't want to judge, but I would like to know more of the story.