Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, November l7, l92l
LAURA ALICE SHINN was born near Leon, Iowa, Oct. 8th, l860, and died at Denver, Colorado, Oct. 3rd, l92l, just five days before her 6lst birthday.
When three years old, she had scarlet fever which left her totally blind.She was educated at the Iowa College for the Blind at Vinton, and graduated with honor when she was nineteen years old.She remained at home for a number of years and helped to raise her sisters, twin girls, RUTH and ROSE WILLIAMS.
In l9l2, she had a severe illness and was successfully operated on at the Leon Hospital.As soon as she was able, she and her aged mother went to Kansas to live with her sister, EVA SHINN PINE.Here she regained her health and helped care for her mother, who lived to be over ninety years old.
She spent the summer of l920 in Wyoming, with her brothers, going to Denver in August; her health began to fail more than a year ago, and she had the care of the best doctors and nurses in Denver.On September 22nd, she had an operation for a tumor, from which she recovered nicely.More than a week after she was thought to be out of danger, a bowel trouble developed and in a few hours she went to join the loved ones gone before.She was laid to rest in the beautiful Crown Hill Cemetery, as most of her near relatives live in Denver and Wyoming, except her brother, E.M. SHINN and he was in Denver at the time of her death.The funeral was impressive and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.
During her last sickness, ALICE was the same cheerful, patient Christian she had been for so many years, often speaking of the dear friends in Iowa, and especially talking of the party given her by them on her 47th birthday.We all shall miss her greatly and long for the touch of her hand and the sound of her voice which is still, but we comfort ourselves with the thought of the happiness that is hers for at last she can see and is where there is no sin.
--A tribute from those who loved her best.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert "With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" June l5, 2002