From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
MRS. OWEN (ALICE CLEARY) MURTAUGH
JUNE 13, 1913
Died, at her home in Chatsworth, on Tuesday morning, June 10, 1913, at the advanced age of 87 years. Old age, superinduced by ________, was the cause of death. Funeral services were held at SS. Peter and Paul's church at ten o'clock Thursday morning, June 12. Solemn high mass was celebrated by Father Wm. Murtaugh, with Father Chas. O'Brien, of Penfield, Ill., as deacon; Father M.F. Foley, of Geneseo, Ill., sub-deacon; and Father W.J. Burke, of Chatsworth, as master of Ceremonies. Father F.G. Lentz, of Piper City, preached the funeral sermon. In addition the following priests were also present at the ceremonies; Father Weldon, of Holy Trinity church, Bloomington; Father J.F. Power, of Dwight; Father Flanagan, of Tolono; Father Madden, of St. John's church, Peoria; Father Thos. Fitzgerald, of Lewistown.
Friends were present from Chicago, Kankakee, Fairbury, Pontiac, Strawn, Cullom, Ashkum and Clifton. The remains were laid at rest in St. Patrick's cemetery, beside those of her husband. In the death of Mrs. Murtaugh another of the early residents of this locality is removed from the scenes, which she had witnessed from the time they were raw prairie and sloughs, through, the various stages of developement into the magnificent agricultural lands and prosperous villages that we enjoy today. When one realized that she had lived in this vicinity for almost fifty years, it is possible to appreciate in a degree the changes she had seen take place.
Miss Alice Cleary was born at Nana, Tipperrary county, Ireland, in the year 1826, and was the oldest of six children. She came to America in 1852. When first coming to this country she resided in the East and came to Wilmington, Will county, Illinois in 1859. In 1865 she was united in marriage at Wilmington to Mr. Owen Murtaugh. After marriage they located upon the farm near Cullom, which was their home for many years, later leaving the farm and moving to the city.
Three children were born to this union: Mary, who died March 24, 1889, Eugene, who died June 8, 1891, and Miss Alice, who resided with her mother and cared for her most tenderly and faithfully to the end. Mr. Murtaugh died in Chatsworth May 11, 1904. He was the father to two children by a former marriage: Rev. William Murtaugh, pastor of St. Patrick's church at Sheffield, Ill., and Frank, Murtaugh, of Chatsworth, and to these two children, as well as her own, Mrs. Murtaugh was a kind, loving and considerate mother and he death is sincerely mourned by them.