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"M" Obituaries of Montgomery County, IL

Card of Thanks - from Mrs Emma Martin, wife, mother, father, brothers and sister during death and illness of Eddie Martin
[Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, January 12, 1926 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Entered into rest, on Sunday, Dec 1, at 3:40 am, Mrs Elizabeth Massa, aged 78 years, 7 months, and 27 days. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs J O Burton, in Girard.
[d. 1 DE 1907]
Elizabeth Sharp was born in Eastern Tennessee on April 4, 1829, and was the fourth childe of Peter and Elizabeth (Berry) Sharp. She came with her parents of Illinois about 1838 and they settled on a farm at Apple Creek, a few miles east of Scottville. Her parents and family moved to Shaw's Point township about 1844 and settled on a farm one mile northeast of the present village of Atwater and this place still belongs to the Sharp heirs, having been the home of Benjamin Sharp, a brother of the deceased, who died last May. On this farm, amidst the primitive conditions existing in those early days, she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to James Massa on May 2, 1850, and they settled on a farm near Sulphur Springs. To them were born six children, four of whom survive. One daughter, Jane, died in 1879, aged 27 years, and another daughter, Mrs Mary Hill, died July 22, 1907. The surviving children are Lydia, wife of Henry Rice, of Pitman; Edgar, who resides near the old homestead; Maggie, wife of J O Burton of Girard; and Frank, who lives west of Atwater, all married and with families. The death of the husband and father in 1877 left the widow with her children to face life's battles alone and she nobly fulfilled her duty..... Funeral services were held Monday at 11 am at Sulphur Springs church... Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery...
[paper unknown, 4 Dec 1907 - provided by Carol Greer]

Services for Betty Mae Maynard, 79, of Litchfield, will be held privately at 11 am Thursday in Plummer Funeral Home with the Rev Ted Schelich, chaplain at St Francis Hospital, officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled. The family suggests memorials be directed to either Litchfield Health Care Center Activity Fund or Alzheimer research.
Mrs Maynard died at 9:33 pm Monday, October 13, 2003, in Litchfield Health Care Center. She was 79 years old on December 23. She worked at Hough's Office Supply and Coffman Drug Store in Litchfield before she retired. She was born in Litchfield, a daughter of Benjamin and Belvia Parrott Kruse. She married Henry Edward "Hank" Maynard on April 6, 1947, in Litchfield; he survives. Surviving also are a daughter, Christine Bond and husband Dick of Springfield; sister, Delores Kruse of Litchfield; four grandchildren, David Lewis and wife Tracy of Virden, Jason Johnson and wife Jenny of Auburn, Seth and Charley E Cox, both of Springfield and two great grandsons, Joshua and Jace Johnson. Preceding her in death were a daughter Cindy Kay Kessinger; brothers, infant, Benjamin Kruse, John A Kruse, George Kruse, and James "Rusty" Kruse; and a sister, Charlene Fosnaugh.
[News Herald, 14 Oct 2003 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

[The following was a clipping from an unknown paper provided by Anisa Potts. She believes it to be from an Adrian, MI paper dated March 14, 1966.]
Mrs. Doris Pauline McCary, wife of William J McCary of 568 Stockton Drive, died today at 8:45 AM in the Bixby Hospital where she had been admitted a short time earlier. She had been in failing health for the last year. The daughter of Sidney and Esther Conley Parnell, she was born on June 3, 1921, in Hillsboro, IL. On August 5, 1946, she was married to William J. McCary. From the time of their marriage until four years ago, when they came to Adrian, they lived in Carpentersville, IL. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Charles, three daughters, Sharon, Michelle, and Linda, all at home; two brothers, Leo Parnell of Round Lake, IL, and Lyle Parnell of Bridgeview, IL; two sisters, Mrs. Irene Odle of Algonquin, IL, and Mrs. Elnora Lovell of Oak Forest, IL. Friends may call at the Braum Funeral Home tonight and Tuesday. A Prayer Service will be held there Tuesday at 7 PM, with Rev. Raymond Ticknor officiating. On Wednesday, the body will be taken to the Miller Funeral Home in Dundee, IL, for services Thursday at 11 AM. Burial will be in the Holy Sepulcre Cemetery.

Mrs. Munden Dies Sunday - The Remains Arrive Here Monday and Taken to Home of Son - Funeral at the First Methodist Episcopal Church
Mrs J W Merritt died at her home in Atwood, IL, Sunday morning at 12 o'clock at the age of 59 years, 11 months, and 11 days, after an illness of two weeks duration. The remains arrived in this city via the Wabash Monday and were taken to the home of her son, William LaForce, on Union Avenue, where they will remain until time for the funeral at the First Methodist Episcopal Church which will occur at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
The deceased was a daughter of the late Dr J C Clearwater, one of the pioneer residents of this city, and spent her girlhood days here. She was a member of the Methodist Church for many years, and had a wide circle of friends in this vicinity. She is survived by three sons, William and Perry LaForce and Arthur Munden; one daughter, Mrs. Grace Gengerke of Decatur; one brother, Napoleon Clearwater of this city; and one sister, Mrs. T J Talley of Philadelphia.
[Litchfield Dairy Herald, Monday, 10 Feb 1908, Pg 1 Col 4 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]]
(Susan Clearwater LaForce Monden Merritt)

The Miller Funeral Held Today - The funeral services over the remains of the late Austin Miller, a pioneer of Pitman Twp who died Thursday were held at 1:30 at the residence and burial was in Asbury Cemetery at Raymond. The deceased owned 720 acres of land in this county and 640 acres of land in Montana. He is survived by his widow and the following children, Austin, Mrs Chester Yard and Mrs Edward Pointer of Farmersville, Harrison of Montana and Orville, Harley, and Raymond of Waggoner.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Sat., July 9, 1927 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs A H Resse's cousin, Miss Ida Miller, aged 70 years a former resident of this city and a daughter of the late John Miller died at Sullivan today. Mrs Resse will go to Sullivan to attend the funeral.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Litchfield, IL, Thursday, Aug 11, 1927 - Submitted by Lynn Reener]

Services for Mrs Sue Minnis of Oak Lawn, formerly of Litchfield, will be conducted Wednesday afternoon
[d. 10 SE 1978] at 2 o'clock in Gerlt-Meinschein funeral home by Rev James H Ellerbrook, pastor of Union Avenue Christian church. Burial will be in Hart cemetery in South Litchfield. Friends may call from noon Wednesday until the funeral hour. Mrs Minnis, who would have been 83 next Oct 15, died Sunday morning at 6:15 o'clock in Country Manor nursing home, Dolton, IL Born in Litchfield, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lucy Corlew Berry. She is survived by a son, L Dale Minnis of East Hazelcrest with a granddaughter, Dayle Lynn, wife of Patrick Lewis of Chicago and a sister Mrs Lora Mae Doll of Litchfield.
Mrs Minnis resided in the Chicago area since 1940 and was a retired punch press operator for Intermatic Manufacturing Co, at Spring Grove.
[The News Herald, Litchfield IL - 1978 - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

Mrs A.J. Moore age 74 years a highly respected lady of this city died at 5:10 this morning at her home 724 North Locust Street. Mrs Moore had been ill for more than a year. She suffered a stroke of paralysis a year ago last June and she has been in very poor health ever since. She is survived by her husband, five children, George and C F and Mrs Charles Blackwelder of this city; Arnold of Hornsby; Hugh of Dixon and Osie of Colton, California; one brother, Charles Sanders of this city and two sisters, Mrs Geo Webb of this city and Mrs Ada Proctor of Missouri.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, April 24, 1928 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Irving Woman Dies of Measles
Mrs John Morrison died at her home in Irving Sunday morning, February 6, after an illness of the measles. The funeral was held at the residence at three o'clock, Monday afternoon and was held privately on account of the illness of four of her children who are suffering with measles. Mrs Morrison was about forty years of age and came from Owaneaco. She leaves her husband and five children
Carroll, Era, Bryan, Glenn, and Moler.
[paper and date unknown - submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]
[Note: I have another little piece of newspaper that looks like part of another obit---"and five children and on account of the children being down with measles the funeral was postponed. The interment was made in Bald Hill Cemetery Monday afternoon. Her parents, Mr and Mrs Molar and brothers and sisters from Owanaco were present."]


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