Decatur County Journal-Iowa Thursday, October 9, l9l9
MARY ANGIE SEARS, daughter of DANIEL and MARY SEARS, was born near Leon, Iowa, February 2, l87l, and died September 30, l9l9, aged 48 years, 7 months and 28 days.
She grew to womanhood on the homestead near Leon where she was born.She taught school for a number of years in southern Iowa, principally in Decatur County.She, with her Aunt Angie, raised her brother's two boys practically from infancy, after their mother's death, and was as a mother to them.Later, she cared for her two elderly aunts until they passed away.Her last years were given to steady service of the church until ill health prevented.For three years she served as secretary of the missionary society, and for two years as its president.In all the five years she was present at every meeting.This is a record seldom equaled.During the early days of the Leon Church she served as church secretary and helped continuously in keeping an accurate record of all finances.She was a charter member of the church and of incalculable help in the early trying hours.For several years she taught the Loyal Workers Womens' Bible Class.
She had become a member of the Brethren Church of Crown Chapel as a charter member, December 29, l892, transferring her membership to the Leon Church and becoming one of the charter members and pillars in September, l9l5.Her whole life was one of service for others and she found her happiness in their comfort.She leaves to mourn her loss, a sister, MRS. LAWRENCE CASTER and two brothers, FRANK and SAM SEARS.Preceding her in death were her sister, EDITH KEIM and brothers, DODGE and GEORGE.She also leaves a number of nieces and nephews, among whom are DR. RALPH SEARS and BRYANT SEARS, to whom she was as a mother.Also a host of distant relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted by her Pastor, Rev. G.T. Ronk, at Crown Chapel, Thursday afternoon, October 2.Interment was in Frankllin Cemetery.