Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, February 24, l92l
The community was saddened Monday morning by news of the death of MRS. A.K. ANDERSON, who was one of the oldest settlers of this part of the county.She had been in failing health for some time and for several weeks past has been a great sufferer.During her failing health, she has been patiently and lovingly cared for by her youngest daughter, NELLIE, and during her recent severe illness, she had with her three sons and two daughters, residing in Lamoni, who spared no pains in affording her every aid and comfort possible.
Her aged husband who has also been very low during the period of MRS. ANDERSON's last sickness, was showing some improvement in health but the loss of his companion with whom he had lived for sixty-three years was a great shock and strain physically and mentally.
A short service was held from the house at l:30 Wednesday afternoon for relatives and near friends on account of MR. ANDERSON being unable to go to the church.The main funeral service was from the church at 2:30 in charge of Elder J.F. Garber, Elder, E.A. Smith of Independence, preaching the sermon.The obituary follows:
MRS. A.K. ANDERSON was born January l7, l836, at Stavanger, Norway, and died at Lamoni, Iowa, February l4, l92l, aged 85 years and 28 days.She came to America in l857, and was married to A.K. ANDERSON at Mission, LaSalle County, Illinois, on the 5th of July, l857.To this union were born eight children, the first, a son, dying in infancy; the others are all living.ANDREW, ANNA A., DANIEL, OSCAR and NELLIE of Lamoni, Iowa; BENJAMIN, of Omaha, Nebraska; and DAVID, of State College, Pennsylvania; who were all present at the funeral.In her native land she united with the Lutheran Church and remained a faithful member of that church until March l7, l862, when she was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, at Mission, Illinois, by Vance Jorgensen.
They moved to Decatur County, in the vicinity of Lamoni, in March l872, and have made their home near the town and in the town until the time of her death.Her life has been one of exemplary habits, faithful and diligent in her religious associations, a life of service to others.As a wife and mother she has been true to the trust imposed upon her.In times of sickness in the early days of this country she (can't read) of those in need.Her life of loyalty to duty, of consistency and uprightness will ever be an inspiration to those who knew her best.She leaves to mourn her departure an aged husband, two daughters, five sons, twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren, beside a host of other relatives and friends.
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