Ila Newell, age 91 , of Mt. Vernon, died 6:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009,
at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Ila was born April 30, 1917,
in Waltonville, a daughter of Thomas N. and Fern (Isom) Atkins. She married Joel D. Newell
on July 10, 1946, and he preceded her in death on April 27, 1976.
Ila was a member of the South West Christian Church in Mt. Vernon . She worked at
Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory for many years.
She is survived by her granddaughter Kendra and husband Cory Clayton of Edwardsville;
daughter-in-law, Beckie Newell of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Thomas Atkins and wife
Rosemary of Mt. Vernon and Donald Atkins and wife Ruth Ann of Benton; and two sisters,
Marie Hall and June Hamlin both of Waltonville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joel Newell; son, Douglas Kent Newell;
and two brothers, Bobby Gene Atkins and Lowell Atkins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville with
Pastor Randy Steele officiating. Burial will follow at Knob Prairie Cemetery in Waltonville.
Visitation will be held from 12 noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home. For those
who wish, memorials may be made to Knob Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at Newell
Funeral Home.For more information you may call Newell Funeral Home at 279-7272 or visit
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Feb. 2009