Sunday, April 16, 2006

My Mother-in-law's Obituary

Lydia Imogene (Chesney) Newman, age 86 of Kodak, went home to her Lord, April 14, 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Molly Chesney, sister Anna Vee Paul, and brothers Ed, Hascal, and Nathanial Chesney.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Robert (Bob) Newman, as well as daughter Mary Ann Dunn and husband Lamar, sons Robert, Jr. (Bobby) and Joe and wife Betty. She had 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother until Alzheimer’s robbed her of her joy in the mid 90’s. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, and loved singing in the church and cooking Sunday dinner for the various pastors over the years.

She was among the first female school bus drivers in Knox County in the early 60’s and was well loved by everyone who rode her bus.

The last 4 years of her life were spent at Ridgeview Terrace in Rutledge, where the nursing staff took her and Bob as well, into their hearts. They were greatly appreciated.

To honor her love of cooking and serving, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund for use in the “Schoolhouse” fellowship hall/kitchen. The mailing address is Bethel UMC c/o Elaine Boyens, 7607 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 17, 2006 in the Evergreen Chapel at 8:00pm with Rev. Jimmy Sherrod officiating. Family and friends will meet at Sherwood Memorial Gardens at 10:45am for an 11:00am entombment service. The grandsons will be pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Monday night from 6:00-8:00pm.


Blogger gavin richardson said...

my thoughts and prayers with you & family.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Joe and the entire family. The clutch went out in my car so I do not have a way to come to see you. I will hold the family in my thoughts and prayers.


8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Betty,
My sympathy and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your mother-in-law.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Gary said...


I'm sorry, I haven't been here for a while, so I just now saw this.

I pray the Lord will wrap His arms around you and your whole family and comfort you in this time of loss.

In Christ,

4:49 PM  

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