Margey Newell

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Margey Newell

Funeral services for Mrs. Margey Newell, 85 of Spencer, formerly of Hartley will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Scott Meier will officiate the service.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, following the lunch at the church.

Mrs. Newell passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Margey L. Newel, the daughter of Rudolph and Nettie (Carlson) Branstad, was born Oct. 27, 1923, near Leland. She attended school in Leland, graduating from Leland High School in 1941. Margey later graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City, in 1943. She was a member of the choir, and also was in small vocal groups. From 1943 to 1944, she taught in the intermediate grades at Cooper, Iowa. From the fall of 1944 to 1947, she taught at Hartley.

On June 1, 1947, Margey married Franklin Newel of Hartley at Leland. Throughout their married life, they made their home in Hartley until, 1962, when they moved to Spencer. They lived in Spencer until 1976, when they moved to Milford and returned to Spencer in 1985. Margey was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church while in Hartley and later Bethany Lutheran Church when they lived in Spencer. She was active in both churches in women's groups, choir, and taught Sunday school and Bible school. Margey was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had been a resident of of St. Luke Lutheran Home since August of 2003.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Nita Mae; and her husband, Franklin on June 13, 1989.

Margey is survived by two sisters: Ardis Helvick of Forest City, and Ruth Westerberg of Leland; and two brothers: Rollin Branstad of Decatur, Ill., and Dennis Branstad of Gaithersburg, Md.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.