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Celesta May "Lesta" Umbenhower Luce
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Birth: May 14, 1892
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1964
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Wife of John William McDonald and John Richard Luce. Daughter of William Andrew Umbenhower and Sarepta Jane Umbenhower


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, January 23, 1964


Celesta May Luce, daughter of William and Sarepta Umbenhower, was born May 14, 1892, in Lucas county, Iowa, and passed from this life at the Memorial hospital, January 18, 1964. She had spent all of her life in or near Chariton.

She was united in marriage to John William McDonald on Jan. 18, 1910, and to this union six children were born. On January 2, 1944, William McDonald passed away. On May 27, 1961, she was united in marriage to John Richard Luce.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Harry and Gerald McDonald and four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Duckworth, Mrs. Emma Dunning, Mrs. Inez Shaffer and Mrs. Mary Martz.

She is survived by her husband, John Luce, four children: Mrs. Harold Miller, Des Moines; Everett McDonald, Chariton; Asa McDonald, Des Moines; and Mrs. Dwight Wilson, Chariton; four sisters, Mrs. John Ritchey, Melrose; Mrs. Morris Scott, Chariton; Mrs. Etta Duckworth, Chariton; and Mrs. Fern Gerhart, Des Moines; one brother, George Umbenhower, Melrose; fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

It was in the fall of 1960, during a revival at Williamson, Iowa, that she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour. Since that time, as her health permitted, she was faithful in church attendance.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. January 21, 1964, at the Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Homer Max officiated at the service. Interment was in the Coal Glen cemetery. Beardsley-Fielding Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary courtesy of Charles M. Wright
Family links: 
  William Andrew Umbenhower (1858 - 1947)
  Sarepta Jane Umbenhower Umbenhower (1867 - 1934)
  John William McDonald (1884 - 1944)
  John Richard Luce (1897 - 1968)
  William Everett McDonald (1913 - 1989)*
  Harry Lee McDonald (1914 - 1935)*
  Gerald Laverne McDonald (1916 - 1925)*
  Geneva Emeline McDonald Wilson (1926 - 2013)*
  Mary Matilda Umbenhower Martz (1884 - 1952)*
  Susan Adella Umbenhower Neal (1886 - 1971)*
  Etta Vernice Umbenhower Duckworth (1888 - 1976)*
  Grace Belle Umbenhower Scott (1891 - 1970)*
  Celesta May Umbenhower Luce (1892 - 1964)
  Minnie Merle Umbenhower Duckworth (1893 - 1958)*
  George Nathan Umbenhower (1895 - 1965)*
  Inez M. Umbenhower Shaffer (1897 - 1945)*
*Calculated relationship
Coal Glen Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Row 10 Grave 4
Created by: Skip
Record added: May 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37656071
Celesta May Lesta <i>Umbenhower</i> Luce
Added by: Doris Christensen
Celesta May Lesta <i>Umbenhower</i> Luce
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- Skip
 Added: May. 23, 2013

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