Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, May 7, l925
MARY E., daughter of RALPH C., and JOSEPHINE SPURRIER, was born at Salem, Henry County, Iowa, May 6, l87l. When but a girl, she moved with her parents to Decatur County and settled upon a farm close to Lamoni. She was united in marriage with HERBERT W. TEALE, December l4, l893, to which union were born four children, MRS. GLADYS HEBNER, now residing at Burns, Oregon; RALPH E., of Cleveland, Okla.; H. BARTON, and CHARLOTTE A., of Lamoni, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral with the exception of MRS. HEBNER, who was unable to be present.
In early life the deceased united with the Christian Advent faith and though not permitted to attend the church of her choice, her efforts along this line were not abated. She took an active part in the activities of the local M.E. Church and at the time of her death was President of the Ladies Aid Society of that Organization.
Her Christian endeavors, however, were confined to no sect or creed, and though suffering poor health as she did for years, she never missed an opportunity to extend help and comfort to those in distress -- their burdens were her burdens and with no thought of personal gain or glory she did all in her power to lighten the load.
On March l7, she was stricken with what proved to be a fatal illness and though she rallied at times giving hope to the discouraged family, yet it was realized from the first that her condition was serious. The best that medical skill and loving attention could offer were given unreservedly, but all in vain and on Tuesday, April 2l, she passed away, her age being at the time of her death, fifty-three years, eleven months and fifteen days.
Beside her companion and children she leaves to mourn, two sisters, MRS. ANNA ROBERTS, of Elgin, Ill.; MRS. AMY WILLIAMS, of West Chicago, Ill.; CARL, of Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Canada; and HOWARD E., of Perry, Iowa. HARRY, HOWARD and wife, and MRS. WILLIAMS were present at the funeral. In addition to those of her immediate family, MAY, as she was intimately called by those who knew her best, leaves numerous other relatives and friends who realize that a good woman, a devoted wife and mother has gone leaving a vacancy which can never be filled.
Funeral services were held from the home, Friday at 2:30, Rev. J.E. Clark preaching the sermon. Music consisted of a solo by Mrs. J.H. Anthony, and quartet numbers by Mrs. Raymond McElroy, Mrs. Anthony, Roy Henderson and Edward Wells.
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