MRS. MARY C. DAVIS was born in McLean County, Kentucky, March 4, l840, and departed this life at Leon, Iowa, November 26, l9l5.October l9, l857, she was maried to JOHN DAVIS, of Springfield, Illinois.Eight children were born to this union, namely, seven daughters and one son. MRS. DAVIS came with her husband to Davis County, Iowa in l86l.Soon after their arrival in Iowa, MRS. DAVIS yielded her husband as a soldier to the Union cause.But after enlisting he was discharged from further service.
At the close of the war, MRS. DAVIS moved with her husband to the old DAVIS homestead near Leon, Iowa, where they lived happily together until in October, l896, when the husband preceded the wife to the mysterious realm which lies beyond the river of death.In l89l MRS. DAVIS moved to Leon, Iowa, where she has made her home ever since. In l894 she transferred her church membership to the Methodist Episcopal Church in Leon, of which church she remained a faithful and consistent member until she went to join the church Triumphant.While she had been in feeble health and a sufferer for some time, there was no dark valley for her when Jesus came.Her last days were spent in speaking words of assurance, cheer and comfort to her loved ones and those who gathered at her bedside.
Of the eight children born to this good woman, six remain to mourn the loss of their mother.FLORENCE died in childhood, and ABRAHAM L. in young manhood.The surviving six daughters are MRS. FRANCIS FUNK and MRS. G.L. LANTZ, both of Shenandoah, Iowa; MRS. EMMA STANDIFER, of Davis City, Iowa; MRS. EVA GOODMAN, MRS. ELLA MOORE, and MRS. ALICE BOWMAN who reside in Leon.These six mourning daughters are joined in their sorrow by MRS. ELI BEASLEY, of Osceola, Ia., a sister of MRS. DAVIS, by twenty-nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and a large circle of other relatives and friends.Truly it may be said that the seventy-five years of this woman's life meant much for God and humanity.
She resteth now.No more her breast Heaves with its weary breath, Pain sits no longer on the brow Where lies the calm of death. Sunk to her rest like a tired child, She lies in slumber deep, Soft folded in the arms of Him Who "giveth His beloved sleep."
The funeral was conducted by her Pastor, the Rev. Raoul R. Moser, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, last Thursday morning.The burial took place at the Dunkard Cemetery northeast of Leon.