Decatur County Journal
Thursday, September 30, l9l5
LUCY MELINDA ATLEE was born near Fairport, Muscatine County, Iowa,
November l2, l852, and died at her home, ll0l Third Street, Fort
Madison, Iowa, Tuesday at l o'clock a.m., September 7, l9l5, aged
sixty-two years, nine months and twenty-six days.
Her parents were REV. C.P. and MARTHA REYNOLDS, her father being one of
the pioneer M.E. Ministers of Iowa.When the other conferences were set
off his ministry remained in the present Iowa conference to the close of
his life, serving a number of its charges.
This daughter, with her twin sister, an elder sister and brother, grew
to womanhood and manhood in their various parsonage homes.She was
married to ISAAC R. ATLEE at Fort Madison, Iowa, September 23, l875, her
father being Pastor here of the First M.E. Church and also serving his
turn with the other local ministers as acting Chaplain at the Iowa State
She and her husband made their new home in this city for five years,
then resided in Leon, Iowa, for ten years; in Mitchell, South Dakota,
five years, when they returned to Fort Madison and made their permanent
home for twenty years.
There were born to them seven children.Two sons and one daughter
passed from this life to their Heavenly home in early childhood.
Four daughters survive her: MRS. DR. ROBERT M. SCOVEL, l008 Third
Street, Fort Madison; GENEVIEVE ATLEE and MARY ATLEE, ll0l Third Street,
Fort Madison, and MARGUERITE ATLEE, Los Angeles, California.
She also leaves to mourn their loss her husband, two sisters and one
brother, MRS. W.C. WALTERS, Toledo, Iowa; MRS. A.M. BOWDLE, her twin
sister, Los Angeles, California; HARRY R. REYNOLDS, Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma, and one granddaughter, VIRGINIA SCOVEL, l008 Third Street,
Her parents preceded her in death, her mother residing with her in the
last years of her widowhood and passing from this life at her home seven
As a woman, MRS. ATLEE was a true daughter, a faithful and affectionate
wife and mother; had a hopeful disposition that looked on the bright
side, sought the happiness of her family, and had an integrity of heart
that took life's results sincerely to the throne of God.She deeply
appreciated true and noble friendships and opened her inner life to such
She became a church member early in childhood under her father's
pastorate, and in this city her membership has remained in the First
M.E. Church.While in Mitchell, South Dakota, she first felt the
failure of health.On her return to this city it seemed to improve for
several years.But about five years ago its failure became quite marked
and somewhat gradually its complete breaking down came and she passed
from this life and suffering with loved ones rendering her every tender
The funeral services over the remains were held Wednesday afternoon at
the home at two o'clock, the Rev. J.E. Newsom officiating.The pall
bearers were: John Pritchett, August Soechtig, Henry Lerche, C.J.
Williams, Chas. Butz and L.L. Scoval.Mr. and Mrs. Walters and son,
Earnest, of Toledo, Iowa, attended from out of the city.
Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery.