Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, January 27, l92l
MARIA JANE BERRY was born on July 22nd, l849, in Georgetown, Ohio.She lived here for about three years then moved with her parents to Indianapolis, Indiana.Here she attended the church, and heard the Divine voice of the Heavenly Father calling to her Soul, and she responded, yielding her life while young into the Kingdom of her Savior, becoming a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.She graduated from the schools in Indianapolis, and in this city she grew to womanhood.
At the age of twenty-five years, she crowned the romance of sweetheart days by uniting in marriage with MR. CHARLES H. HOLLIDAY, on March 2nd, l874.Their home was blessed with three children, namely, ROBERT HARRY, JENNIE, who died at the age of ten years, and JOHN H. HOLLIDAY, who responded to the call of his country in the late war, and died at the age of thirty-one, while in service at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan.The family left Indianapolis and moved to Decatur County on October 27th, l88l.And they have been permanent residents of the county for forty years.
MRS. HOLLIDAY was visiting with her son, ROBERT HARRY, at his home in Newton, Iowa, and about the first of December she was taken sick, but all thought she would improve within a few days.However she gradually grew worse, and finally died with heart trouble on January l8, l92l.She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband, and one son, ROBERT HARRY HOLLIDAY.Also one granddaughter, COY HOLLIDAY.Besides a host of relatives and friends.Her loved ones will remember her for the noble and beautiful life which she lived, ever patient and faithful to the many duties within the home as wife and mother.
Weep not then for her, who having won the bound of woman's appointed years -- at last. Life's blessings all enjoyed, Life's labors done, Serenely to her final rest has passed. While the soft memories of her virtues yet linger, Like twilight hues when the bright sun has set.
The funeral services were held at the home of MR. and MRS. J.R. BOWSHER, MRS. BOWSHER and her sister, MISS VOGT being nieces of the late MRS. HOLLIDAY.A large number of mourners were present, and a quartet sang special hymns.Beautiful floral wreaths decorated the casket and Rev. Jervis conducted the services.The interment was made in the Leon Cemetery. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The family desire to express their heartfelt thanks to all relatives and friends who so kindly ministered to them in their recent trial.
MR. CHARLES H. HOLLIDAY, MR. ROBERT HARRY HOLLIDAY.
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