Mary Ann Marfoot

Oct 30, 1921, The Idaho Daily Statesman

Mary Ann Marfoot was born in Mason county, Ill., July 6, 1844, and passed away in Fayette, Saturday, October 22, 1921, aged 77 years. In 1866 she was married to Benhamin F. Swartz in Illinois. To this union two sons, Charlie and William, were born. Funeral services were held in Fayette at the M.E. church Tuesday afternoon, October 24, the Fruitland M.E. pastor, the Rev. George Todd, officiating, assisted by the Fayette pastor, the Rev. Clyde Walker. The body was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery, Fayette.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Russell A. Martin

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 13, 1985, Page: 33

OAKFORD - Russell Alan Martin, 27, of Oakford was dead on arrival at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Hospital.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church, Mason County, with burial in Bethel Cemetery.

Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home, Chandlerville, is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, Deanne; one son, Jason Alan at home; his parents, Russell and Iola Martin of Browning; one brother, Rodney of Fort Dix, N.J.; two sisters, Debbie Morris of Browning and Brenda Scroggum of Bath; two grandmothers, Bertha Birdsell of Rushville and Mary Martin of Beardstown

Margaret Mathers

Mason City Journal, January 29, 1875

Mrs. Mathers, mother of John Mathers, Esq., and of Mrs. John Van Horn, living one mile north of this city, died on last Saturday night. She was buried on Monday, a.m., the funeral services being held from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. S.J. Bogie officiating

M.E. McDonald

Mason City Journal, February 5, 1875

Died On Wednesday a.m., Feb. 3d, 1875, in Mason City, of Pulmonary Consumption, Mrs. M.E. McDonald, wife of J.F. McDonald. The deceased was born in Birmingham, England, Nov 3d, 1833, and was consequently a few months over 41 years of age.
The funeral services will be held from the Baptist Church on Sunday a.m. Feb. 7th Rev. C.A. Hobbs officiating.

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Frances E. Williamson McMillan

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 5, 1996, Page: 10

HAVANA - Frances E. Williamson McMillan, 73, of St. Genevieve, Mo., died Wednesday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Festus, Mo.

Survivors: a son, Mark Zadjura of St. Genevieve, Mo.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Estler Williamson of Richmond and John Eugene Williamson of Sierra Blanca, Texas; and three sisters, Mrs. Harry (Colleen) Curless of Havana, Mrs. Kenneth (Eldred) Miller of Mansfield, Texas, and Anna Jane Hughes of Lincoln.

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Hurley Funeral Home, Havana. Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Havana.

Julia A. Melton

A Memorial
Died-On the 12th day of September, 1877, at her home in Walker's Grove, Mason county, Ill., Sister Julia A. Melton, aged 62 years 4 months and 8 dys.

Mother Melton was born in Augusta county, Virginia, May the 4th, 1815. Her maiden name was Riddle. She was married quite young to David Ruple; and moved to Tazewell county, Ill., November, 1839. Mr. Ruple died Sept. 26th, 1845, leaving her a widow with 6 children. She was married again to Austin P. Melton, September the 13th, 1846. By this union she had 6 children. She was left a widow again by the death of Father Melton, July the 16th, 1877. Of the 12 children, 7 are living; and of about 39 grandchildren there are 29 remaining.

She united with the Methodist church about the time of her last marriage, and was one of their most devoted members for many years. But some years ago, becoming dissatisfied with her baptism, she was immersed Aug. the 9th, 1874, by the writer, an Evangelist of the Christian church. A more devoted, earnest and pure hearted Christian, it has never been my lot to know. She was ever cheerful, kind and tender hearted; her life was one of incessant toil cheerfully performed for her children, whose unwearied attention to her, during her last illness, and their deep grief at her departure, evinces their love and devotion to her. Death had no sting to her, and her only concern was for her son and daughters, exorting them with touching eloquence of faith and love, to meet her in Heaven. God grant that the triumphant faith and peaceful end of their mother may influence them to prepare to meet her in the "Better Land" where death or sorrow will never invade the home circle anymore. Rest in peace dear mother, we hope to meet thee.
ELDER J. I. Judy.

Contributed by Pam Ross

Charles Merritt

Daily Illini (University of Illinois), Feb 20, 1901

Charles Merritt, '82, died at Mason City, Illinois, on Feb. 9, 1901. He was a classmate of N.S. Spencer, superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. At the time of his death Mr. Mason [Merritt] was assistant cashier of the Farmer's State bank of Mason City.

William "Bill" H. Meyer

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 3, 2008

MANITO - William "Bill" H. Meyer, 80, of Manito, formerly of Springfield, died at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, at Pekin Hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Browning, the son of Virgil and Ethel Orwig Meyer. He married Sharon Lippert on Jan. 4, 1963, in Springfield, and she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Ruth (Joe) Powers of Hamilton, Mo., and Valerie VanEtten of Manito; two sons, Robert Meyer of Chicago and John Meyer of Manito; two sisters, Judy Logsdon of Beardstown and Glenna (Ronald) Cox of Browning; five grandchildren, Dominick (Misty) Walker of Palmyra, Mo., Angela (Matt) Hughes of Hamilton, Mo., and Trevor Hipsher, Amanda Hipsher and Taggart VanEtten, all of Manito; and four great-grandchildren.

A sister, Betty Lewis, and a grandson, Christopher Walker, preceded him in death.

Bill was a pilot for over 45 years, last working for Aero Charter Airlines in Springfield, retiring in 1993. He was a World War II Navy war veteran. He belonged to the Slip and Skid Flying Club in Springfield and was a former member of the Manito-Forest City Optimist Club.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Maas Funeral Home in Manito with Rev. Richard Seed officiating. Military services will be conducted by the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team and the U.S. Navy following the committal service at the cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Internment will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or American Diabetes Association.

Contributed by Sara Hemp

Morenus child

Mason City Journal, February 5, 1875

We have been informed that little child of Lee Morenus of Delevan, pulled a kettle of hot water onto itself, a few days ago, and was so badly scalded that it lived but a short time.
Mr. Morenus we believe, was formerly a citizen of Mason City and his misfortune in the loss of his child in so terrible a manner, should call forth the sympathy of every body.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

John Morey Sr.

Troy [Illinois] Weekly Call, March 19, 1915

Former Forest City Man Dies in North
Forest City - Word has been received here announcing the death of John Morey, Sr., a former resident and business man, who is dead at his home in Watertown, S.D. The decedent at one time and for many years conducted a general store here.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn