Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, May 27, l920
ALMENA ELIZABETH, daughter of JOHN and ANNA COMBS, was born in Stark County, O., November 3rd, l837, and on Wednesday afternoon, May l9th, l920, quietly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus to awaken in the Heavenly home, aged eighty-two years, six months and sixteen days.Her childhood was spent in Ohio, where she grew to lovely womanhood.The family had near relatives living in Iowa and through their influence, father and mother COMBS decided to make Iowa their home.On the eve of their departure to Iowa the loving husband and father was suddenly stricken with death.The mother and children were heart broken over the sudden and untimely demise of the loving parent.
Soon after this event, the mother, in company with her daughters, the Misses ALMENA and FRANCES S. COMBS, came to Iowa and settled at Leon, Iowa, in the year l857.At that time the railroad extended west only to Ottumwa.From there the journey was made in a wagon loaded with household effects.On September 9th, l858, she was united in marriage at Leon to DR. ROBERT D. GARDNER.to this union was born a son, CHARLES EDGAR GARDNER.The home life was a happy one, each enjoying the company of the other to the fullest possible extend.The faithful, devoted husband and father preceded her in death, having departed this life September l3, l9l2, aged 86 years, 7 months and l3 days.
On February 3rd, l9l5, she was called upon to grieve the death of her son.In early life she united with the Church of Christ.She was an earnest, devout Christian.As long as health and strength permitted, she was in her accustomed place at the church services, and since deprived of this privilege, she had through the church papers, kept in touch with the cause of Christ here and elsewhere.Early last fall she gave to the church a very desirable property for a parsonage. She was a lovely character, gracious and kind in her manner and treatment of others.
She has made her home for the past four years with MR. and MRS. J.A. CASTER, who have shown her every kindness and courtesty, thereby making the companionship and home life very sweet, indeed.For some time she had been in declining health, largely due to increasing age.She has been afflicted with heart trouble for years and had known that she might be called by death without previous warning.She endeavored to be ready whenever called.On Wednesday, the day of her departure she was in her usual health, but being somewhat tired she laid down about the middle of the afternoon to rest and while asleep her spirit quietly slipped away from its house of clay to be at home with God.
She leaves to mourn her departure, three sisters as follows: MRS. LUCY A. SHEARER, of Mapleton, Ohio; MRS. MIRIAM F. SINCLAIR, of Laverne, Oklahoma, and MRS. FRANCES S. JENKS, of Leon; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.The nephews and nieces present at the funeral were MILLARD and JOHN S. GARDNER, CHARLES F. COMBS, of Leon, Iowa; MRS. ANNA CURRY and MRS. ANNA WOOD, of Leon, Iowa; and MRS. ELLA GHORMLEY, of Des Moines, Iowa.Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, May 2l, at 3 p.m., conducted by P.H. Green.Appropriate hymns were sung by Mrs. Charles Johnston and Mrs. Dr. Bowman, pianist Mrs. Bert Woodard.The pall bearers were Millard Gardner, Charles F. Combs, K.F. Sinclair.The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.
MR. and MRS. J.A. CASTER and the relatives of MRS. A.E. GARDNER, want to express their appreciation to the many friends for the courtesies extended at the time of her death.