November 29, 1921 – February 09, 2019

Fern Amanda “Peg” Parr, 97, of Newton, Illinois, passed away at 8:07 p.m., Saturday, February 09, 2019, at Newton Care Center in Newton, Illinois.

Eastern Star rites will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois, with funeral services celebrating Peg’s life to follow with Chris Parr officiating. Burial will be in the Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Newton, Illinois. Visitation will be held 2 hours before the service. In loving memory of Peg, memorials may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star Newton Chapter #497. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Fern Amanda better known as “Peg” was born on November 29, 1921, in Bogota, Illinois, the daughter of Pearl Otis and Cleda Xanther (Keever) Erwin. She married Pearl Edward “Ed” Parr on April 4, 1941, and he preceded her in death on November 19, 1990. Peg worked in airplane factory Chicago, Illinois, during WWII, following the war she and Ed came back to Jasper County and started Parr Feed Mill in Newton. She also worked for several years as a librarian at the Newton Grade School and crossing guard. She also was a Avon distributor for 40 years. Peg was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #497 both in Newton. She enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, crocheting, gardening and showing her handiwork and vegetables at the fair.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Dee (Randy) Lingafelter of Newton; daughter-in-law, Marge Parr of Newton; grandchildren, Chris (Stacey) Parr of Hidalgo, Mike (Angela) Parr of Watson, Becky (Pat) Althoff of Sigel, Ed Parr (fiancé Amber Pitts) of Newton, Katie (Aaron) Helm of Hidalgo, Jesse Parr (Ted Shaffer, Jr.) of Henderson, Texas; Travis (Terisa) Lingafelter of Springfield, Terwrin (Tim) Crippen of St. Joseph, and Tyson (Michelle) Lingafelter of Lake Placid, Florida; great-grandchildren, Tanner Parr, Kennedy Parr, Jacey Parr, Chandler Parr, Madalyn Parr, Sam Parr; Savannah (John) Wynn, Ross Althoff, Evan Althoff, Mitchell Althoff, Stormy Parr, Tristan Parr, Oscar Foster, Simon Helm, Sutton Helm, Trace Lingafelter, Hartley Shaffer, Raegan Crippen, Kyden Crippen, Wyatt (Emily) Lingafelter and Whitney Robbins; great, great-granddaughter, Daenerys Wynn.

Peg was preceded in death in by her parents, husband, son Sam Parr, granddaughter Marci Parr, and brothers Clifford, Jesse and Dallas Erwin.