MARY DECKER WESTFALL GOFF

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Mrs. Mary Goff, wife of the aged and venerable William Goff of East Menard died at her home four miles southeast of Sweetwater, Friday, March 6, 1908, at 1:30 o'clock p.m. Funeral services conducted by Elder C.E. Smoot, were held from the family residence at 2 o'clock p.m. Sunday March 8, In the presences of many relatives and friends. The remains were laid to rest in Sugar Grove cemetery. The pall beareres were two sons, Leonard and Frederic, two grandsons, Homer and Edwin, and two sons-in-law, Reuben McNeal and Charles Frye. Of the eight children five only were present: Leonard and Frederic of Sweetwater, Illinois and the three daughters named below. One son, Theodore of Barnard Missouri, arrived Sunday evening having missed connection at Kansas City.

The following obituary is furnished by Elder Smoot:
Mary Decker Westfall Goff was born in Pike County, Pennsylvania, October 10, 1824. At the age of one year she moved with her parents to Allegheny County, New York. Some years later the family moved to Iowa, where on October 10, 1840 she was married to William Goff in which year they moved to Menard County, Illinois and settled on a farm near Clary's Grove. In 1852 they removed to the present home, where she lived until death. She accepted Christ as her Saviour early in life, and united first with the Baker Praire Baptist church and recently moved her membership to the Baptist church at Athens, Illinois. Of her it can truly be said: "She was an earnest devoted Christian." She leaves to mourn her loss her aged husband, eight children, twenty-eight granchildren and eleven great- grandchildren, one brother and one sister. The children are: Theodore of Barnard, Missouri; Perry of Rock Creek, Kansas; Louisa, wife of Robert Cantrall, Athens, Illinois; Leonard and Frederic of Sweetwater, Illinois; Murrary of Loveland, Colorado; Emma, wife of Charles Frye, Sweetwater, Illinois; Ella, wife of Reuben McNeal, Campbell Hill, Illinois; The sister Mrs. Sarah Flinker has been present at the home since last September. In the death of Mrs. Goff we have lost another of the early settlers of Menard County. One by one they are passing away. Only a few, indeed, remain to tell the story of pioneer life. Soon the history of the early settlement of this country will come to us secondhanded, for not a tongue will remain to tell the story. All will be stilled in death. What a sad thought this is, and how little I fear do we appreciate the labors of these, our ancestors, and the priceless heritage they are leaving us. Mr.and Mrs. Goff lived together almost 64 years. They began life with but little means and by industry and hard work succeeded in accumulating considerable fortune.

Submitted by: Cinda Crosley

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