PAULONA MAHAFFY MCKEE was born in Adams County, Ohio, in October, l826, and when about l3 years of age moved with her parents to the State of Missouri. At the age of 2l years, she was married to JAMES MADISON MCKEE of the same State in the year l848. In the year of l877, she moved to the State of Iowa, with her husband where she lived until her death.
MRS. MCKEE was a woman who was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a conscientious Christian having united with the M.E. Church about 40 years ago. Through her long illness she was, as she had been through her life of trials, an example of patience and forbearance. She was truly an example of all that was kind and gentle, showing great Christian fortitude in her Savior. She often spoke of the bright hopes and prospects she had in the other world and often expressed a desire to be there. She cheerfully gave up this life and committed her soul to her Savior, June 29th. She was the mother of nine children; six are left and an invalid husband to mourn her death.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hosier at the home of the deceased on June 30th after which the remains were interred in the beautiful little cemetery on the McKee farm to await the morning of the resurrection
She is safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe on His gentle breast, There by His love o'ershadowed Sweetly her soul shall rest.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, Safe from increasing care, Safe from the world's temptation Sin cannot harm her there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, Free from all doubts and fears There will be no more trials, There will be no more tears.
Copied by Cordelia Suzann "With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" November l3, 2002