Della Irene McNew, 90, of Palmyra, Missouri, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.
Irene was born July 24, 1922, in Novelty, Missouri, to Jamie Newton and Mary Ethel Parrish Johnston. Irene married James Rex McNew May 23, 1940, in  St. Louis, Missouri. He preceded her in death November 10, 1988.    
Survivors include: step-sister, Marilouise Culler of Lee’s Summit, Mo; half-brother, Jamie Newton Johnston; nephews: Nick (Rita) McNew of Palmyra, and Terry (Betty) McNew of Bloomfield, Mo.; niece, Linda Bradley of Farmington, Mo.; great nieces: Meagan (Joshua) Hevel of Hannibal, Molly (Jim) Ebel of St. Louis, MO., and Amy Hunt of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; and great great nephew, Wyatt James Ebel of St. Louis, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; step-father; grandparents; sister, Helen Hays; and God-child, Mark Culler.    
Mrs. McNew was a grocery checker for Jimmy Links in Hannibal for 23 years and Fagan’s and later Mears I G A in Palmyra for 12 years.
She attended Knox County Schools before moving to Palmyra where she graduated from Palmyra High School in 1940. She was of the Methodist Faith.    
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Rev. Dewayne Larenson  will officiate. Interment will be in Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal, Missouri. Visitation will be from 5-7 p. m. Thursday at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or American Heart Association.    
Casket Bearers are Meagan Hevel, Jim Ebel, Josh Hevel, Duane Martin, Jeff Devlin, and James Boettcher. Honorary Bearers are the Palmyra High School Class of 1940, Elloise Houston, Helen Norfolk, and Doris Gottman.
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