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Lila Steward

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 11:49 a.m. CST

Lila Steward, 76, of Newton died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Careage of Newton.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newton. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service at 10 a.m. with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marshalltown.

Lila was born July 7, 1937, to Ralph and Lula (Bryant) Steward. After growing up on a farm in St. Anthony, she became a real estate broker and later worked for the Iowa DOT as a Right of way agent. She crocheted many baby blankets for the babies born at Skiff Medical Center and enjoyed crafts of different kinds. Her favorite hobby was dancing and listening to the steel guitar.

Those left to honor Lila’s memory include her daughter, Debra (Bentley) Huebner; her sons, Craig Flanagan of Marshalltown and Rick (Carol) Flanagan of Newton; nine grandchildren; her sisters, Hazel Burton of Newton and Arla Guckert of Marshalltown; her brother, Ralph “Bud” Steward of Missouri; and a special friend Lorren Bayles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Harold Flanagan, father of her three children; her brothers, Lloyd Steward and Lyle Steward; and sister Opal Funke.  

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Service, 315 E. Third St N. in Newton, (641) 521-8521,

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