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Ida Henrietta Lyons Willits
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1864
Marion County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1959
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Wife of John Ballard, James Seneca Noblitt and Samuel Edgar Willits. Daughter of Elijah Lyons and Louisa Ann Hubbard


Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, January 27, 1959


Ida Lyons was born April 2, 1864, at Pleasantville, Iowa and passed away at her home in Chariton, Iowa, Jan. 20, 1959. Her parents had come from Indiana to Iowa where land could be bought for $1.25 an acre. They found life very hard for a large family.

At the age of slightly less than 16, Ida was married to John Ballard and to this union was born a baby girl, now Mrs. Kate Smith of Council Bluffs. When the little girl was five years old, they moved to Atchison County, Mo., where, in the process of building a new home, the young husband was injured in lifting rocks for the foundation and died a week later.

The youthful widowed mother set out to support herself and her child by her own work and continued until 1890 when she married James S. Noblitt, of Hamburg, Ia. To this union were born Elizabeth, now Mrs. G. R. Tuttle of Chariton and Gaylord C. Noblitt of Santa Cruz, Calif. Happy was this union for another five years and then Mr. Noblitt passed away and again the widowed mother resolutely took up her lonely task of rearing her children in the way she would have them go.

As we grew from childhood to adulthood, we began realizing the tremendous hardships and sacrifices that had been exacted of our mother for us and as we could remove our burdens from her shoulders to our own, we would apologize and regret, but she would have none of it, always saying: "Hush right up! I wanted every one of you and what I have done to raise you has never been too hard nor too heavy. You are all such a pleasure to me." An ever greater pleasure, if possible, was her little brood of grandchildren. She had four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

In 1924 she came to Chariton and in 1927 was married to Samuel E. Willits. Eleven happy years followed and then Mr. Willets passed away.

In 1927 she transferred her membership from the Christian church at Linden, Mo., to the Baptist church in Chariton and was a regular attendant both in Sunday school and church service until her health rendered her unable to continue. The affairs and progress of the church were always near her heart.

She took a certain pride in the fact that she was born at the close of the Civil War and was privileged to live through the progressive and inspiring period of our country's growth that followed. The first step in our little world was the rural mail delivery. Now, we could receive the weekly newspaper on time and we could send and receive more letters. Next came the rural telephone and this was earth shaking. Then the automobile that scared our horses nearly to death, caused runaways and tore our buggy up. We, who knew we could never afford one, took some comfort in the wry predictions of conservative men who said such a contraption would soon play out, that it was just a passing fad and people would soon return to buggies. The airplanes came and the Sputniks and all of these things continued to interest her. She was alive to the new, the progressive and in finding a better way.

Folks, this is not an ordinary obituary but neither was mother's life ordinary. True, it was made up of ordinary elements of life, the joys and sorrows, the tragedies and pleasures, but the extraordinariness of it was the way she met all these with indomitable faith and came out counting her blessings.

In her later years she was supremely happy sitting by her window watching the passing parade, especially the children going to and from school and the pet dogs going out to meet them at their appointed time. Even the dew on the shrubs and grass of a summer morning was a delight to her. Her last audible words were: "Such a pleasure to me; such a pleasure to me."

In two and a half months she would have been 95 but she had grown very tired. She had fought the good fight; she had finished the course. "He giveth His beloved sleep."

Funeral services were held Jan. 23, at 2 p.m., at the Miley Chapel. The Rev. John Bauserman and the Rev. John Orange officiated. Burial was in the Chariton cemetery.
Family links: 
  Elijah Lyons (1825 - 1903)
  Louise Anna Hubbard Lyons (1828 - 1903)
  John Ballard (1854 - 1884)
  James Seneca Noblitt (1842 - 1894)
  Samuel Edgar Willits (1862 - 1938)
  Elizabeth Evelyn Noblitt Tuttle (1891 - 1986)*
  James William Lyons (1847 - 1918)*
  Mary Elizabeth Lyon Speed (1849 - 1922)*
  John Otis Lyon (1852 - 1918)*
  Charles Wellington Lyon (1857 - 1934)*
  Zorilda Ann Lyon Hillabolt (1858 - 1941)*
  Maston Clifford Lyon (1860 - 1927)*
  Ida Henrietta Lyons Willits (1864 - 1959)
  Della Cena Lyon Gabel Penn (1866 - 1949)*
  George W Lyons (1869 - 1954)*
*Calculated relationship
Chariton Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section M Row 20 S-N Grave 13
Created by: Skip
Record added: Jul 30, 2009
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Ida Henrietta <i>Lyons</i> Willits
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Ida Henrietta <i>Lyons</i> Willits
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Ida Henrietta <i>Lyons</i> Willits
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