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Margretta Mae Umphrey

Margretta Mae Umphrey

Female 1920 - 1953

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  • Name  Margretta Mae Umphrey  [1, 2, 3
    Born  28 Dec 1920  Crawfordsville, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Gender  Female 
    Iowa State Census  1925  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Margeretta Umphrey, daughter, female, white, age 4, single, number of years in the U.S.: 4, number of years in Iowa: 4, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: G. P. Umphrey, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 27, name of mother: Maude Walker, mother's birthplace: Illinois, mother's age at last birthday: 27, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, church affiliation: Congregational
    Census  1930  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Margaretta Umphrey, daughter, female, white, age 9, single, attended school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Illinois, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation none
    High School  1938  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    New London High School 
    • Margretta remained in New London after the death of her father, Geoffrey Umphrey, and her mother's remarriage to Roy Grant Fortner. The rest of her family moved apparently for a while to Morning Sun, and soon to Winterset, Iowa. Family genealogist, Marge Kimble, believes she may have lived at this time with her aunt and uncle, Myrtle and Ted Dotson, in New London.
    Newspaper Article  3 Sep 1938  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Mrs. Lynn [Bertha L.] De Vore and the Misses Ruby De Vore and Margretta Umphrey returned Wednesday from a visit in Winterset, Iowa, at the Roy Fortner home.
    Residence  Between 1940 and 1953  Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Medical  1951/1953  [9
    • Although doctors recommend that she not have children due to her heart condition, Margretta and Dave Howey had a baby, Dennis Brien, in 1951. The pregnancy and childbirth led to further heart problems and her death in 1953.
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • The correct spelling of her name is Margretta, not "Margaretta," which is also seen in various records; the correct spelling was verified by her niece, Carol (Umphrey) Kelley, and her sister, Thelma (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde.
    Funeral Program  Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Crossing the Bar
      Sunset and evening star.
      And one clear call for me
      And may there be
      no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea.

      For though from out
      our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far
      I hope to see my Pilot
      face to face
      When I have crossed the bar

      ....ALFRED TENNYSON

      In Memory of Margaretta (sic) Howey

      Born December 28, 1920
      Died April 23, 1953
      Age 32 Years, 3 Months, 25 Days

      Place and Time of Services: Methodist Church, Morning Sun, Iowa, April 25, 1953, at 2:00 P. M.

      Clergyman, Reverend Robert T. Dodder

      Place of Interment, Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Iowa

      Pierce Funeral Home, Morning Sun, Iowa
    Obituary  23 Apr 1953  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Mrs. David Howey

      Morning Sun (IA) -- Mrs. Margretta Howey, 32, of Detroit, died at Detroit April 22, at 9:30 p.m.

      The body is being brought to the Pierce funeral home, where it will arrive Saturday. Last rites will be held at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Reverend Robert Dodder will officiate, and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

      The former Margretta Umphrey, Mrs. Howey was born at Crawfordsville on December 28, 1920, the daughter of Geffery (sic) and Maude Walker Umphrey. She was married to David Howey at Detroit. He survives, as do (sic) a two-year-old daughter (sic); her mother, Mrs. Maude Fortner, also of Detroit; several brothers and sisters, and a grandfather, S. N. Walker, of Morning Sun.
    Died  23 Apr 1953  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Cause: heart problems associated with childhood rheumatic fever, exacerbated by pregnancy 
    Buried  25 Apr 1953  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13, 14
    Obituary  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. HOWEY

      Funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic: Margretta; spelling has been verified by her sister, Thelma Bearde) Howey of Detroit, Michigan, were held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist church with the Reverend Robert T. Dodder in charge.

      Mrs. Howey, the former Margaretta Umphrey and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker of this place, died in Detroit on April 23. She had been ill a long time. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery.

      The daughter of Maude M. Walker and Geoffrey Umphrey, she was born at Crawfordsville, Iowa, on December 28, 1920. The family later moved to New London and she graduated from the New London high school. For the past 13 years she had made her home in Michigan. In November 1943, she was married to David Howey who survives as does a son, Dennis Brien. Other survivors include her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, two brothers, Thomas and Paul, and one sister, Mrs. Thelma Allen, all of Detroit. The father is dead.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [13
    • Name: Margaretta Howey Umphrey; Sex: F; Born: 1920; Died or Buried: 1953; Age: 33; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page MS-21; Notes: born 28 December 1920; died 22 April 1953; [LCC: 1991 Correction]
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Margretta (Umphrey) Howey is buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Margretta Umphrey Howey, December 28, 1920 - April 22, 1953. Always in our hearts."
    The Headstone of Margretta (Umphrey) Howey
    The Headstone of Margretta (Umphrey) Howey
    Person ID  I105  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  Geoffrey Paul Umphrey,   b. 5 Dec 1897, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1931, Memorial Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Maude Mae Walker,   b. 14 Nov 1897, Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1970, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Oct 1916  Parsonage of the First M. E. Church, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 16, 17
    • Family sheets from Ray Pilling stated Geoffrey and Maude were married October 14, 1916.
    Alt. Marriage  16 Oct 1916  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Name: Geoffrey P. Umphrey; Event Date: 14 October 1916; Event Place: Louisa, Iowa; Age: 18; Father: Thomas J. Umphrey; Mother: Mary Copeland; Spouse: Maude M. Walker; Spouse's Age: 18; Spouse's Father: Samuel Walker; Spouse's Mother: Hattie Moyers; Film Number: 1870162; Digital Folder Number: 004322391; Image Number: 00731
    Marriage Announcement  26 Oct 1916  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • The Wapello Republican notes as follows the wedding of a popular young couple of this vicinity. The many friends of both will extend congratulations: "Geoffrey P. Umphrey, residing south of town, and Miss Maude M. Walker, daughter of Samuel Walker of near Morning Sun, were united in marriage at the parsonage of the First M. E. church, Saturday, October 14, Reverend C. E. Coggshall performing the ceremony.
    Residence  Apr 1918  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    Residence  28 Dec 1920  Crawfordsville, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • Daughter Margretta was born in Crawfordsville.
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • ZEPPELIN OVER MORNING SUN
      Huge Dirigible Skirts Southeast of City -- Schools Are Dismissed

      [...] The following from this vicinity attended a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, near New London Sunday, in honor of Miss Lela Frizelle (sic): Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Dotson, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Humphrey (sic) and family, of New London, and Mr. and Mrs. John Russel (sic) of Newport.
    Newspaper Article  5 Oct 1930  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • A picnic was held at the home of Thomas Walker Sunday, October 5 [1930]. Those who enjoyed the affair were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marston, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Pierce, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, and daughters, Vera and Mazie, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Umphrey and children, Thelma and Margretta, and Thomas and Paul of New London; Miss Velma Robbins, Sam and Paul Walker of Moline, Illinois; Misses Ruth, Viola and Leota Walker and William Walker of Wapello and the host, Thomas Walker of Morning Sun.
    Residence  Mar 1931  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24
    • According to a phone conversation with Thelma (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, the Umphreys lived on the corner of South Pine Street and Main Street.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker and Paul Moyers Walker Visit the  Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey Family After the Death of Her Husband
    Hattie "Leota" Walker and Paul Moyers Walker Visit the Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey Family After the Death of Her Husband
    A news item in the column with the Morning Sun, Iowa, local news, reporting Hattie "Leota" and Paul Moyers Walker had gone to New London (Iowa) to visit their sister, Maude Umphrey, soon after the death of her husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner are buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The inscription on the top of the stone is: "Umphrey." The epitaph on the side of the stone is: "Geoffrey Paul 1897 - 1931; Maude Mae, 1897 - 1970"
    The Headstone of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Headstone of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
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    Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, and Their Daughters, Thelma Verlee and Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, and Their Daughters, Thelma Verlee and Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Margretta, the baby in this photograph, was born in December 1920, so likely the picture was taken in the summer of that year. Her older sister, Thelma, was age 3. Geoffrey and Maude would also have two sons, Tommy and Paul. Geoffrey died in March 1931.
    Four Generations of 'Walkers'
    Four Generations of "Walkers"
    Thelma Verlee Umphrey was the baby in this photograph probably taken in summer of 1917. She is being held by her grandfather, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. Her mother, standing between the men, was Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey. And Thelma's grandfather, Charles Pearsey Walker, was standing on the right of the photograph.
    Walkers and Umphreys and Two Unknown Babies
    Walkers and Umphreys and Two Unknown Babies
    Several of the children in this photograph from the time period about 1926/28 are identified, but the two youngest children in the front are not identified for sure.

    The back row of children are Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, Thelma Verlee Umphrey, and their aunt, Ruth Rebecca Walker. Tommy and Thelma's sister, Margretta Mae Umphrey, is the middle child in the front row. It is possible the child on the right is Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey, but I cannot tell for sure, and it seems that he might be a little older looking (he is only two years younger than Tommy). The babies could be children of Sam and Reil Walker, children of George and Verona Walker, or as well a child of Ted and Myrtle Dotson or Ross and Vinnie Walker, or Cliff and Marguerite Walker.
    Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    At first look, the horse in this photograph looked to me like a "miniature camel." That would have been a local topic of conversation, if it were true. John Russell is obviously showing Tubby and Tommy Umphrey the ins and outs of the young horse's behavior.
    The Four Children of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    The Four Children of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    These are the two daughters and two sons of Maude and Geoffrey Umphrey. Margretta Mae Umphrey is the shorter girl in the back; Thelma Verlee Umphrey is the taller girl in the family. The brothers, left to right, are Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey and Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey. This photograph was likely taken in 1927 or 1928.
    The Families of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, Gorge Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, And One or Two Other Children
    The Families of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, Gorge Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, And One or Two Other Children
    It appears Geoffrey and Maude Walker and children went on an excursion with George and Verona Walker one day in about 1929 or 1930.

    The four Umphrey children are all pictured in this photograph. Although it would seem logical that the children in the front row are Vera, Jean, and Mazie Walker, the children of George and Verona, it cannot be, as their daughter, Jean, was born after the death of Geoffrey Umphrey in 1931.

    It does seem the little girl on the right is George and Verona Walker's daughter, Mazie, but the two children in the front left could be any number of family members, or even family friends. One may possibly be Vera, but this does not seem clear to anyone who has studied the photograph.

    Other possibilities, considering people who lived in or near New London, Iowa, at that time, would include Clifford Walker's children or Myrtle Dotson's children; at this time George and Verona Walker as well as Maude and Geoffrey Umphrey did live in New London.

    This may be one of the last photographs taken of Geoffrey before his unexpected death after surgery in Mt. Pleasant Hospital on March 9, 1931.
    Tommy and Tubby Umphrey and The Pigeon
    Tommy and Tubby Umphrey and The Pigeon
    Brothers Tom and Paul ("Tubby") Umphrey, born Thomas Samuel "Tom" and Paul Eugene Umphrey, were the sons of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey (1897-1931) and Maude Mae Walker (1897-1970). The single chimney in the center of the roof of the house behind the boys indicates they may have been standing in the back yard of what is called "The Walker Homestead," the farmhouse where Charles Pearsey Walker and later Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker lived.
    Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Tom Umphrey and Maude Walker in about 1960. The photograph was taken in Michigan, and provided courtesy of Tom's daughter, Carol Kelley.
    Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) Virden, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen, and Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr.
    A photograph from 1974 of Vera Virden, and her cousins Thelma Allen and Tubby Umphrey. The photograph was either taken in Michigan or else Iowa, but the location was not identified. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Siblings Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, and Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey
    Siblings Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, and Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey
    This photograph of the three living children of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey was apparently taken in 1991 at the 50th wedding anniversary of Tom and his wife, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey. Paul (1924-2007) was on the left, Thelma, and then Tommy (1922-1996) on the right.
    Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and His Sister, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde
    Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and His Sister, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde
    Tommy and Thelma were photographed here at Tom's granddaughter's wedding, that of Lisa Marie Pillsbury.
    Brothers Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey Sr.
    Brothers Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr.
    Taken in May 1996, this photograph of Tommy and Tubby Umphrey was only a few months before Tom died in December of that year. Tubby died in 2007.
    Documents
    Residences of Maternal Family Members in New London, Iowa During the 20th Century
    Residences of Maternal Family Members in New London, Iowa During the 20th Century
    I constructed this map of my home town of New London, Iowa, and noted the residences where various family members connected to the maternal Walker family lived during my lifetime in the town. I since have determined the location of another family earlier on, Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, who were living in New London for a few years before Geoffrey's death in 1931. Using census data from the 1930 federal census, I believe it was six houses directly north of our family's home on South Pine Street (also on South Pine).

    There were other family members, more distantly connected, living in town during the years I was there, but I was not completely aware of these connections at the time I undertook this exercise.
    General Newsprint

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    Picnic at Thomas Walker's Home
    A short article reporting on an autumn family picnic at the home of Thomas "Tom" Walker. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Umphreys and Ruth Walker Visit Moline, Illinois
    Umphreys and Ruth Walker Visit Moline, Illinois
    A news item that Maude Mae (Walker) and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey along with their daughter, Thelma Verlee, all of New London, Iowa, and Maude's sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker of Wapello Iowa, had visited Moline, Illinois. (In October 1930 Maude and Ruth's brother, Samuel Clinton Walker, was living in Moline.)
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    An item in the Morning Sun (Iowa) news published in the Burlington, Hawk-Eye (Iowa) mentioned a dinner attended by an assortment of Walker family members in honor of visitor and family member, Lela Frizzell. It may have been the summer after she graduated from high school.
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Announcement of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    The Marriage Announcement of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    Maude and Geoffrey were married October 14, 1916, at the parsonage of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Wapello, Iowa.
    Family ID  F50  Group Sheet

    Family  David Floyd "Dave" Howey,   b. 18 Nov 1921, Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1981, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Nov 1943  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 15
    Newspaper Article  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.
    Children 
     1. Dennis Brien "Denny B." Howey
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    David Floyd 'Dave' and Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    David Floyd "Dave" and Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    This is the wedding photograph of Dave and Margretta Howey. They were married November 1943. Margretta (1920-1953) was a native of Iowa, Dave a native of Michigan. They had a son, Dennis Brien "Denny B." Howey. Margretta died in 1953, Dave in 1981.
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    Based upon the ages of those who are children in this photograph, it was likely taken in about 1946. Several family members helped in its identification (I am a bit unsure about several of them). This photograph was provided courtesy of Carol Ann Kelley. Several persons could not be identified positively due to their placement or the overall quality of the photograph, and one child does not seem to fit at this date with family members, but generally it is correct.

    Those who were at this reunion were: Gerald Wayne Kimble, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Leonard "Max" Dotson, Elaine Ida (Brown) Dotson, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, (Probably) Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr., Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Jr., Lois Ann (Thibodeau) Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas, Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, Doris Idella Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Mazie Ella Walker-Belles, Unknown (Possibly Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker), David Floyd "Dave" Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell, Ted L. Belles, Jerry Dean Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, George Percy Walker, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, John Franklin Russell, (probably) Jean Louise Walker, Carol Sue Belles, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.
    The Extended Families of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Extended Families of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    On what certainly seems to be a Sunday morning, possibly spring, these family members posed together

    Back row, left to right: Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Lloyd Smith Allen, Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr. Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr., Roy Grant Fortner, David Floyd "Dave" Howey.

    Middle row, left to right: Thomas Umphrey, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Thelma (Umphrey) Allen; standing on the higher step: Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Front row left to right: Lois Ann (Thibodean) Umphrey, Phyllis Ann Allen, Paul Lloyd Allen.
    Helen and Carol Umphrey, with Dave and Margretta Howey
    Helen and Carol Umphrey, with Dave and Margretta Howey
    Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey is on the left with her young daughter, Carol Ann; to Helen's right is David Floyd "Dave" Howey and his wife, Margretta (Umphrey) Howey. Margretta appears to be pregnant in this photograph, dating it to between 1950/51.
    David Floyd 'Dave' and Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    David Floyd "Dave" and Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    David and his brother-in-law, Tom Umphrey, posed in front of this same car in another photograph, probably taken the same day. This shot of Dave and Margretta was probably taken in about 1950.
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    In 1951, probably the summer, this photograph was taken of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, his daughter, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, her daughter, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, and the newborn Dennis Brien Howey, who is known as "Denny B." The photograph was taken on the side of the house where Sam and Reil Walker lived. Margretta Howey would die in 1953.
    Dennis Brien 'Denny B.' Howey and his father, David Floyd 'Dave' Howey
    Dennis Brien "Denny B." Howey and his father, David Floyd "Dave" Howey
    This photograph of Denny B. Howey and his dad, Dave, was taken after the death of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey in about 1954. For awhile after Margretta's death, Dennis lived with the family of Tom and Helen Umphrey; this was during that time period. Provided courtesy of Carol Kelley.
    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Last Modified  13 Mar 2014 
    Family ID  F81  Group Sheet

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    Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Margaretta Umphrey was born in 1920 in Crawfordsville, Iowa. She was a daughter of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey. The family moved to New London, Iowa, and she graduated from high school there in 1938, remaining in New London after her widowed mother, remarried to Roy Fortner, had moved to Winterset, Iowa. Margretta married David Floyd "Dave" Howey in 1943. They had a son, Dennis Brien, or "Denny B.," in 1951. Margretta died in 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, and is buried in Morning Sun, Iowa, at the Elmwood Cemetery with much of the rest of her family.
    Walker Children and an Umphrey
    Walker Children and an Umphrey
    These are the children of several related families. In the back row is Viola Belle Walker, apparently a tiny bit of someone who is hidden, and Margretta Mae Umphrey on the right. The middle row are Marjorie Naomi Walker and her brother, Robert Charles Walker, and then sisters Mazie Ella Walker and Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker. The little girl on the front left is Jean Louise Walker, the sister of Mazie and Vera. Margretta Umphrey and Mazie, Vera and Jean, are first cousins. Viola, Robert and Marjorie, though the same ages or even younger, and the aunts and uncle of the other children.
    The Senior Class Photograph of Margretta Mae Umphrey
    The Senior Class Photograph of Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Margretta Umphrey, the daughter of Maude Mae (Walker) and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey, was born December 28, 1920, in Crawfordsville, Iowa. She was the second of four children in her family. She married David Floyd "Dave" Howey. They had one son, referred to as "Denny B." (actually Dennis Brien Howey). Margretta died April 23, 1953, in Michigan from complications related to heart disease which were exacerbated by her pregnancy. Margretta is buried along with many of the Walker family, at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Iowa. This photograph was Margretta's senior class picture honoring her graduation in 1938 from New London High School in New London, Iowa.
    Margretta Mae Umphrey as a Young Woman
    Margretta Mae Umphrey as a Young Woman
    Margretta was probably about 20 years old (1940) when this photograph was taken.
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    The Howey family (Dave, Margretta) apparently took a trip with Maude and Roy Fortner in about 1948 to Niagara Falls, New York. Dave Howey would therefore be taking this photograph.
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    Some of the people in this photograph have been identified. For others I have made some speculation, but have not been able to get positive identifications. Those who I feel can be identified are:
    Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen and Lloyd Smith Allen, Roy Grant Fortner (apparently peering over the top in the back row),
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, holding daughter, Carol Ann Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Some of the other people in the photograph are apparently other relatives of Lloyd's.

    Birth Records S. N. Walker, 80, Honored By Family
    A newspaper account reporting on the 80th birthday party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. (Published in Morning Sun, Iowa, courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    General Newsprint
    Ricordo Club Schedule Set; Year Book Committee Announces Programs for New London Organization
    Ricordo Club Schedule Set; Year Book Committee Announces Programs for New London Organization
    News from New London, Iowa, including mention that Margretta Mae Umphrey had visited the home of her mother and stepfather, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner, in Winterset, Iowa.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals

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    The Obituary of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey (published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette)
    The Obituary of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey (published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette)
    Margretta Howey, born Margretta Mae Umphrey, died April 23, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan, from heart problems she had had since a childhood bout with rheumatic fever. She was the wife of David Floyd "Dave" Howey, and the mother of Dennis Brien Howey, known as "Denny B."
    Funeral Services for Mrs. Howey
    Funeral Services for Mrs. Howey
    The obituary of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey (published in the Morning Sun News-Herald). A native of Crawfordsville, Iowa, Margretta's parents, Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey were both natives of Newport, Iowa, near the town of Morning Sun. She was buried near other family members in the Elmwood Cemetery there.
    The Funeral Program of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    The Funeral Program of Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey died after the birth of her child, Dennis Brian Howey. (Courtesy of Marge (Walker0 Kimble.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

    2. [S181] Pilling, Ray Wayne "R. W." (deceased) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London town, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 44-15, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 1A, page number: 214; enumeration date: April 2, 1930

    4. [S177] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa).

    5. [S8081] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Headstone Photograph, (her grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; provided courtesy of family members Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde and Sandra Kay "Sandy" (Umphrey) Pillsbury).

    6. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1752

    7. [S266] New London, Iowa - New London Journal Centennial Edition Newspaper, M. Ruth (DeLong) Peterson, (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), page 80 (Reliability: 3).
      A list of graduates of New London High School, 1894-1975.

    8. [S8082] Umphrey, Margretta Mae - Visits Roy Fortner Home, (originally published in The Daily Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 6, September 3, 1938; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S182] Kelley, Carol Ann (Umphrey) - Email.

    10. [S178] Bearde, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) (Reliability: 3).
      Checked Margretta's birth certificate.

    11. [S8083] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Funeral Program, (Pierce Funeral Home, April 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa).

    12. [S255] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Obituary (Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, page 13, April 23, 1953; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S8081] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Headstone Photograph, (her grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; provided courtesy of family members Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde and Sandra Kay "Sandy" (Umphrey) Pillsbury) (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S177] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S176] Walker, Maude Mae and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, October 26, 1916; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S36] Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) - (Wapello Republicah), (originally published probably in The Wapello Republican, April 11, 1918; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    19. [S31] Walker, Hattie Mae (Moyers) - Obituary (Muscatine Journal), (originally published in the Muscatine Journal, April 10, 1918, page 4; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S177] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    21. [S42] Frizzell, Everna "Lela" - Honored at Walker Family Dinner, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 14, August 29, 1929; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S151] Walker, Thomas "Tom" - A Picnic at His House, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, October 5, 1930; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    23. [S178] Bearde, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) (Reliability: 4).

    24. [S179] Umphrey, Geoffrey Paul - Funeral Report (Burlington Hawk-Eye), (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 2, March 13, 1931; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S180] Umphrey, Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker/Fortner) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    26. [S6] Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) - Funeral Attendance, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, April 30, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).