Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, December 4, l902
ARVESTA ANN HAMILTON STONE was born November 25, l835, in Tennessee, and died from a paralytic stroke at her home in Pleasanton, Iowa, November 2l, l902, thus having reached the ripe old age of 67 years, lacking four days.She, with her parents, moved to this county in l846, entering the land where the E.C Hollister farm now is, and later her father, with others, organized Hamilton Township and did much to extend civilization, her parents residing here until the time came when they must reap their reward, her father dying in l854 and her mother fifteen years later.
MRS. STONE was married to WILSON STONE, May 25, l875, living happily with him on their farm two miles west of Pleasanton, until he fell asleep in Jesus, April l6, l897.No children came to bless this home, but she found a comfort in Him above in whom she had learned to place her trust at the age of 23 and united with the United Brethren Church and lived a consistent member until her marriage with MR. STONE, when she united with the Missionary Baptist at Provident Church at which he was already a member, and of which faith she held strongly to until the end.
"Aunt" ANN, as she was familiarly called, was a long sufferer from rheumatism, and as her age advanced her pain and misery increased until her patience seemed tried to its utmost at times, but she bore her suffering with Christian fortitude, realizing the sweet rest which she would meet in the end.
The funeral services were conducted the following day at the Christian Union Church by Rev. G.W. Mitchell, assisted by her Pastor in the presence of a large congregation of friends and relatives, after which the remains were taken to the Hamilton Cemetery and there laid by the side of her husband.
She leaves three brothers, P.J., of near Akron, Mo.; ALLISON, of Oklahoma, and F.M. HAMILTON, of west of Pleasanton, and a score or more of other relatives to mourn her loss.
Grief is a tattered tent
Where through God's light doth shine,
Who glance up at every rent
Shall catch a ray divine.
Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
November 27, l902
The LAST WILL OF ARVESTA ANN STONE has been filed for probate.It is dated March 3, l902, being witnessed by J.B. Bennett and J.C. Painter.After providing for the payment of debts and funeral expenses, she directs that a monument costing $l00 be erected over her grave.She bequeaths to each of her three brothers, P.J., A.W., and F.M. HAMILTON, one dollar each.To ROBERT N. LEEPER and wife her homestead in the town of Pleasanton, together with all the furniture belonging thereto.The remainder of her estate she bequeaths in six equal parts to her nieces and nephews, NANCY MCBEE, HANNAH ANN HAMILTON, SARAH E. HAMILTON, ALBERT HAMILTON, JAMES HAMILTON, and grand-nephew and grand-niece, ANDREW EARL LEEPER and BLANCHE LEEPER, who together inherit one-sixth share.She names V.R. McGinnis executor of the will without bond.
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