Rev. Sondra S. Newman, 66 of Paxton died at 8:34 A.M. Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Geneva, New York.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 24, 2010, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells Street, Paxton with Rev. Terry L. Westerfield officiating.
There will also be Eastern Star Services conducted by Prospect Chapter No. 367 Order of the Eastern Star. Family interment will be held in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Rev. Newman was born July 10, 1943, at Danville, the daughter of Charles C. and Mildred L. Weger Newman.
She is survived by one brother, Charles (Marilyn) Newman of Jacksonville, Florida; one sister, Nita Kae (Clifford) Trotter of Geneva, New York; two nieces; two nephews and other relatives and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She attended grade school at Hume; graduated from Paxton Community High School in 1961; received her teaching degree from Illinois State University in 1965 after which she taught briefly. She attended and graduated with a Masters in Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, Evanston in 1968. She received her Doctorate of Ministry in 1990. She ministered at numerous communities throughout the state of Illinois during her 40 years of ministry. She was the first female to be ordained in the Methodist Church in the State of Illinois. She retired in 2008. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Paxton, the United Methodist Women and Prospect Chapter No 367, OES at Paxton.
Her life was devoted to serving the Lord. Rev. Newman collected butterflies and crosses and enjoyed sharing her passion with others.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Paxton.