****NOTICE**** Due to current regulations from the Greene County Health Department, Mrs. Newsom's service will be private.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ernestene “GG” Newsom, mother, grandmother and dedicated friend to so many on Tuesday March 10th, 2020. Her 95 years were the definition of a life well lived in devotion to her family, friends and God and she will be deeply missed.
Born in Bloomfield, Indiana August 3rd, 1924 to parents Thurman Allen and Edna Mae McIntosh, GG and her five siblings, spent much of her childhood confronting the realities of the great depression which greatly influenced her frugal and hardworking nature. In 1941, GG moved to what would become her hometown for 57 years, Worthington, a picturesque Indiana farm community where our family and friends have countless memories of time spent in the solace of the farm life, where hard work was rewarded with one of GG’s wonderful homecookedmeals and a gathering of good people. Along with her beloved husband of fifty years Searl Newsom Jr., the farm was a place where you always knew you would be welcomed with warmth and love. Many a conversation was had around the kitchen table where GG listened, consoled and guided us through our lives. She was always willing to lend an ear and could often be heard belting out a tremendous belly laugh that would light up the room.
After Searl’s passing GG decided that her time on the farm had come to an end, so she packed up and moved to Florida to be with her daughter Darlene, son-in-law Dr. Joseph C. Sinex MD and grandchildren Jim, Julie and Kathy in the Ormond Beach area. As the years passed and several great-grandchildren came, she continued to give her time helping any way she could. Many generations of our family have been touched by her love and her kind words.
GG also found a new place of worship, Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church, and began attending. It is here she discovered a tight knit community of friends, many of which became very close to her heart. The family truly appreciates the support the parishioners and church leaders provided her over the past several years. She so looked forward to the visits, attention and friendship you provided. In addition, we cannot express fully the appreciation we have for the wonderful care provided by Riviera Senior Living during GG last few years. It was such a comfort to know that her needs were always met, and we cannot imagine the level of commitment required to providesuch excellent love and care.
There are no words to express the influence GG had on so many lives. Simply put, she was loved by all who knew her. Her warmth and kindness filled any room and her care for others and guidance in times of need will never be forgotten, it sustained us all through many of the demanding experience’s life can present you. She was incredibly generous with her time and always had a place for you at her table. Those who knew her recognized they had true friend and a person that represented the values and God-fearing grace from a time that has passed into memory. We are honored to have had the time we shared with her. She was our rock and we leaned on her often, we are just lucky she had the strength and capacity for so much love.
She is survived by her daughter Darlene and son-in-law Dr. Joseph Sinex MD, grandchildren Jim, Julie and Kathy, great-grandchildren Harrison, Patricia, Jolene, Rebecca, Michael, Stephanie, Tiffany, David, great-great grandchildren William, Bella-Grace, Edward, Chadwick and Rosalie, and a large extended family.
Graveside service will be held at Worthington Cemetery at 11:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2020. There will be no public visitation.
Arrangements are in care of at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home and Crematory in Worthington.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.welchcornett.com.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lighthouse Christ Presbyterian Church and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, through the funeral home or online.
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