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Sarah Annabelle Kerr

Female 1923 - 1999


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  • Name  Sarah Annabelle Kerr  [1, 2
    Born  29 Jun 1923  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Donated Body to Science  the University of Iowa  [4
    Alt. Birth  29 Jun 1923  Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died  24 Jul 1999  Henry County Health Center, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Memorial Service  26 Jul 1999  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Morning Sun United Methodist Church 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • She apparently used her middle name, Annabelle, earlier in life, and her given name, Sarah, later in life.
    Iowa Birth Records 
    • name: Sarah Annabell Kerr; event: Birth; event date: 29 June 1923; event place: Morning Sun Township, Louisa, Iowa, United States; gender: Female; father: Maurich Scott Kerr; mother: Gladys Nichols; certificate number: ; film number: 1870318; digital folder number: 004708043; image number: 00212
    Non-line Spouse 
    • After Fred Duke's death, she remarried to Corwyn Bonta.
    Obituary  28 Jul 1999  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Wapello Republican 
    • Sarah A. Bonta, age 76, a former resident of Colona, Illinois, died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

      The daughter of Maurice and Gladys Nichols Kerr, she was born June 29, 1923, at Newport, Iowa. In 1939 she married Fred Duke of Burlington who died in 1973. In 1977 she married Corwyn Bonta of Green Rock, Illinois, he died in 1986.

      She lived most of her life in the Quad Cities.

      She was a member of the O.E.S., Lioness Club, President of the Colona Auxiliary; she enjoyed camping, reading, doing crafts, and loved her family and friends.

      Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Duke of Burlington; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 step-grandson and two step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandson and one step-great-granddaughter; one brother, Kenneth Kerr of Morning Sun; five sisters, Maxine Johnston of California, Cleo Anderson of Davenport, Juanita McMullin of Texas, Nina Hall and Nancy McElhinney, both of Morning Sun.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, three sons, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters.

      According to her wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Iowa, with burial of her cremains to be in the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, at a later date.

      Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26 from the Morning Sun United Methodist Church with the Reverend Harlan Winter officiating.

      A general memorial has been established.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Name: Sarah Bonta; SSN: 482-16-3022; Born: 29 June 1923; Died: 24 July 1999; State (Year) SSN issued: Iowa (Before 1951)
    Buried  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I56898  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Family  Frederick Joseph "Fred" Duke, Jr.,   b. 24 May 1919, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1973, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 May 1939  Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Issue 
    • There were five children from this marriage.
    City Directory  1942  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Polk's Burlington (Des Moines County, Iowa) City Directory 
    • Fred J. Duke Jr., wife Annabelle S., driver IOD, household 1014 Locust
    Anniversary Announcement  26 May 1964  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Open House Wednesday

      Morning Sun (IA) -- Mr. and Mrs. Fred Duke of Morning Sun will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary May 27 (1964) with an open house from 8 to 9 p.m. All friends and relatives are invited.

      The couple was married in Kahoka, Missouri, on May 27, 1939. There were five children: Mrs. Sandra Butler, Burlington; Jerry in the Navy; Mrs. Diana Bryant, Denver Colorado; and Ronand and Bradley who died in infancy. The grandchildren are Sherri, Kelli, and Blaine Butler, and Earl Bryant.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F22947  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1516] Duke, Frederick Joseph "Fred" (Jr.) - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 2, March 22, 1973; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S3215] Iowa Births and Christenings, Iowa County Births (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S12538] Bonta, Sarah Annabelle (Kerr/Duke) - Obituary, (originally published in The Wapello Republican, July 28, 1999; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S7773] Duke, Frederick J. "Fred" (Jr.) and Sarah Annabelle (Kerr) - 25th Wedding Anniversary Announcement, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 6, May 26, 1964; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S81] Burlington, Iowa, - City Directory 1942, (R. L. Polk & Company, Publishers, 500 Karbach Block, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Copyright, 1942, by R. L. Polk & Co.), page 129 (Reliability: 3).