Nellie Jane (Farrell) McNutt (1921 - 2001)



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in Manning, Carroll County, Iowa United States


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Father: Theodore Farrell
Mother: Emma Somerfeldt
Siblings: Leonard Farrell, Warren Farrell, Ruth Fischer, Delpha Robinson, and Bess Olbertz

Husband: Dalton Wendell McNutt
Children with Dalton: Gary Evan McNutt, Dale McNutt, Mark McNutt, JoAnn McNutt, and Mary Saylor


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1921 - In the year that Nellie Jane (Farrell) McNutt was born, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

1961 - At the age of 40 years old, Nellie was alive when on April 17th, about 1,000 CIA trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba with the intention of igniting a rebellion and overthrowing Castro. They were defeated within three days. Although the operation began under Eisenhower, Kennedy approved it and the operation, named the Bay of Pigs for the beach where they landed, was a humiliation for the United States.

1965 - She was 44 years old when from August 11 to 16, riots broke out in Watts, a Black section of Los Angeles. An allegedly drunk African-American driver was stopped by LA police and, after a fight, police brutality was alleged - and the riots began. 34 people died in the rioting and over $40 million in property damage occurred. The National Guard was called in to help the LA police quell rioting.

1971 - At the age of 50 years old, Nellie was alive when on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

1980 - When she was 59 years old, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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Funeral services for Nellie J McNutt were held Friday, October 5, 2001 at 10:30 am at the United Methodist Church in Manning. Reverend Larry McAlpine officiated the service with JoAnn Karsten as organist/pianist. Internment was held in Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa, with John McNutt, Sarah McNutt, Stephen McNutt, Valerie McNutt, Laura McNutt, and Rachel Saylor as casket bearers.
Nellie Jane, daughter of Theodore and Emma Somerfeldt Farrell, was born on April 9, 1921, in Manning, Iowa. She attended Manning schools and graduated from Manning High School in 1939.
On January 31, 1941, Nellie was united in marriage with Dalton W. McNutt in Maryville, Missouri. Five children were born to this union.
Nellie was a life-long resident of Manning. She enjoyed her role as wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Her interests included writing poetry, reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzels, as well as Scrabble and other board games. Nellie was a member of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.
On Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Nellie died suddenly and unexpectedly at Manning Regional Healthcare Center at the age of 80 years, 5 months, and 23 days.
Nellie is preceded in death by her parents; son, Dale McNutt; two brothers Leonard Farrell and Warren Farrell; and by three sisters Delpha Robinson, Bess Olbertz and Ruth Fisher.
Nellie is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dalton McNutt of Manning; two sons Gary McNutt and wife Sharon of Silver City, Iowa, Mark McNutt and his wife Pamala of Denison, Iowa; two daughters JoAnn McNutt of Ankeny, Iowa; Mary Saylor of Clive, Iowa; six grandchildren: John McNutt, Sarah McNutt, Stephen McNutt, Valerie McNutt, Laura McNutt, and Rachel Saylor; two great-grandchildren Joshua and Andrew McNutt; two sisters in-law Mary Farrell of Cumming, Iowa, and Jean Alt of Cloverdale, Oregon; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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