Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, July l4, l904
FLORA AUGUSTA WILSON was born in Keosauqua, Iowa, Feb. l3, l854. She was married to DR. E.W. DOOLITTLE, May l9, l875. By this union were born FRED WARREN, GUY WILSON and DON HARPER. GUY is the only one living. Except a short residence in Sterling, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois, she has lived in Garden Grove, coming here with her husband, November 24, l879. She died in Ottumwa, Iowa, July 3, l904. When a young girl she united with the Congregational Church in Keosauqua, then by letter with the Garden Grove Presbyterian Church in l883, of which she has been a loyal and devoted member. For almost twenty-four years she has lived in our city and has been greatly esteemed and beloved. She has filled with rare grace and usefulness her place in her home and church and society in general and also in the P.E.O. order. From girlhood she has been blessed with a sweet voice and almost every Sabbath for many years has sung the praises of God. She has been faithful in attendance at public worship morning and evening and also at the mid-week prayer meeting. We will all sadly miss her. No one can express what her loss will be to her beloved husband, son, brother and sisters and her church and "order" and to our entire community.
The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon at half past two o'clock and were conducted by her Pastor, Rev. J.Q. Hall. The choir was composed of Mesdames Ede, G.W. Hoadley, Misses Louise Flanagan and Verda Young, Adda and Anna Hoadley and Messrs. R.D. Hall, L.W. Ede, Leon Sullivan and R.C. Hoadley and Miss Ruth Stearns presided at the organ. MRS. DOOLITTLE's place in the choir was draped in mourning and the vacant chair recalled to all the years of faithful service which she had rendered as a member of that body. She will be sadly missed there as well as in other lines of church work. An appropriate anthem was sung with much feeling. Rev. Hall paid eloquent tribute to the noble, womanly life so suddenly closed, of the now bereft and lonely home which she had made the dearest spot on earth to the husband and son and where by her happy way she had shed sunshine in the shady places of life. A refined and highly cultured woman of rare mental attainments, an earnest Christian and general friend, all this she was to the social life of this place, while in her home, she proved herself to be the ideal wife and mother, devoted to the welfare and happiness of her family.
Those attending the funeral from a distance were B.S. Wilson and daughter, Lizzie, of Keosauqua, Iowa; James Crowley, of Chariton, Iowa; Mrs. Solomon Vail, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Miss Lillian Sterrett, of Chariton.
--GARDEN GROVE EXPRESS.
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