Decatur County Journal-Iowa Thursday, August l, l9l8
HESTER ANN SMITH was born on March 27th, l854, and died at her home southwest of Leon, July 26, l9l8, being at the time of her death 64 years and four months of age.
When l4 years of age, she accepted Christ and united with the Ringgold City Baptist Church and transferred her membership to the Palestine Baptist Church, 32 years ago and was always faithful to her church and the great Ruler of the universe.She was united in marriage to HENRY AKES, 44 years ago.To this union twelve children were born, three of whom have preceded her.Her husband died four years ago last March.Since that time she has been awaiting her time.
All the children living, except LEW, who resides in South Dakota, and JOHN, who is in France in the service of his country, were present at the funeral services and were the pall bearers with one nephew.
Services were held at Palestine Church, Sunday, July 28th, l9l8, at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Chas. W. Reeder.Many of the neighbors and friends were unable to get into the house.She was a good mother and respected by all as the many beautiful floral offerings testified.