Clara D. Henderson Levanius|
Clara D. Henderson, eldest daughter of Willard and Mary Henderson was born in Petersburg, Ill., August 2, 1879 and here grew to young womanhood, admired and respected by all for her sweet disposition and lovely character. She was united in marriage with Edward Levanius on December 12, 1900 and to them was born one daughter, Ella, three years of age. At the time of her marriage she took up her residence with her husband in Springfield where she made a happy home until disease laid upon her about eighteen months ago and she grew weaker until about three weeks before her death it was decided to try a change of climate whereupon she, in company of her mother went to Oklahoma, but it was too late and the frail from gradually succumbed to that dreaded disease, tuberculosis, and she peacefully fell asleep in Elk City, Okla., at midnight on Saturday, May 6, 1905, at the age of twenty-five years, nine months and four days.
She united with the Christian church in this city in February, 1895 and was ever faithful in her religious duties until the end was reached. Her's was a character marked by great unselfishness, gentleness and thoughtfulness for others. Thus passed away a good wife and mother, one who earned the affection of all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her early departure, a devoted husband, one little daughter, a father, a mother, three sisters and a great number of friends and schoolmates.
The funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents in this city at 10 o'clock Thursday forenoon conducted by Elder W. M. Groves, assisted by Rev. S. N .Wakefield. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Matthew Ferricks