Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, September 20, l923
A mother in Israel and a pioneer resident of Decatur County, called from earth scenes to her Heavenly Home, Sunday, Sept. 9th, l923, THIRZA JANE BLAKE, subject of this brief sketch was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, Nov. 9th, l84l, departed this life at her home in north Leon, after an illness extending over a period of several months, Sunday, Sept. 9th, l923, being 8l years and l0 months.
She came with her parents to Decatur County in l856, being a continuous resident of the county all these years. She was united in marriage to KIMBALL HICKMAN at the parental home near Leon, Iowa, Feb. 23, l862. This union was blessed with five children, 3 daughters and 2 sons, MARY ELMA preceded the mother to the spirit world having departed this life at the age of 3 years. Sister HICKMAN gave her heart to Christ about 35 years ago uniting with the Christian Church on Eden Prairie. On leaving the farm to make her home in Leon, she transferred her membership to the Church of Christ, Leon, Iowa.
She was a lovely character, a sincere devout Christian loved and highly respected by all who knew her. Eleven years ago last February, she with her husband, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. She was a home body, very kind and hospitable making the home exceedingly attractive. The writer of these lines during his stay in Leon, visited a number of times in the home and was always delightfully received, and pleasantly and helpfully entertained. She is the last of her father's family, consisting of six children, four sisters and two brothers, to succumb to death. She has been in very poor health for the past two years, and since the last week in January, confined to her bed. She bore her suffering uncomplainingly and with true Christian fortitude during her extended illness.
She received every kindness that loving hearts and kind hands could bestow during her extended illness. She was ready and waiting patiently and trustfully for her Savior to call her to the Heavenly home. She was a true, devoted, faithful wife, an affectionate loving mother, a true friend and a good neighbor. She leaves to mourn her departure, the loving husband, children as follows: daughters, MRS. LAURA E. WALLACE, of Kansas City, Mo.; MRS. JENNIE TURNER, of Kellerton, Iowa; and sons as follows: JOHN T., of Leon, Iowa; and FRANK HICKMAN, of Wood, South Dakota; eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and other relatives and many friends.
The funeral services were held at the Christian Church, Leon, Iowa, Wednesday; 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. P.H. Green, of Oakland, Iowa. The flowers were many and very beautiful. The music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Edna Rush, Mrs. Mary Boone, Miss Ollie Foxworthy and Dr. J.W. Rowell. Mrs. B.E. Woodard, pianist. The pall bearers were John Gray, S. Goodman, P. Griffin, D.G. Gammon, Wm. Stiles and J.T. Harris.
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