Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, March 24, l898
The remains of MRS. MAHALA JONES arrived Sunday on the noon train from Indianola, where she died Saturday morning at l0 o'clock at the residence of her daughter, MRS. R.S. WOODMANSEE, at the advanced age of over 90 years. The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Decatur, on Monday forenoon, conducted by the U.B. Minister, the interment being at the Woodmansee Graveyard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, March 3l, l898
'Death of "Grandmother" Jones' - - - - - - - MAHALA KELLER was born in Greene County, Tenn., October l0, l805. She was united in marriage to CLAYBORN JONES at the age of 23. They moved to Indiana in l840, and in l856 to Decatur County, Iowa. To their union were born ten children, of whom eight survive the mother. At the age of l5 she confessed Christ as her Savior and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she remained a member until the day of her death, over three-quarters of a century. By her own request her membership is held in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Mt. Ayr, where she resided from l886 to l895, where she enjoyed so many happy meetings, and where she last partook of the Lord's supper. She never forgot the kindness of the church and the many kind friends she had there.
Mother JONES departed from this life March l9, l898, at the home of her daughter, MRS. R.S. WOODMANSEE, of Indianola, and was buried by the side of her husband, who died in l864, and who sleeps in what is known as the Woodmansee Cemetery in Decatur County. Thus these two lives have gone home to rest and by whom we, the children, were taught to love God. All the children having confessed Christ as their Savior at an early age and united with the church. Mother JONES, who was one of 20 children, lived to a good old age, and her generation is large, there being 76 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
She is not dead but asleep in Jesus, as she often said while lying on her death bed, "Come, Jesus, and take me Home." Thus she passed out of this life without a struggle. --Her Daughter, CINA J. WOODMANSEE.
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