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Benton County, Iowa Obituaries
Belle Plaine Union; Jan. 27, 1927
Mrs. W. H. Isley Passed Away
Helen Ilsley

Died January 15 at Home of Daughter in Ottumwa

Word has come to us of the death of Mrs. W. H. Ilsley formerly of this city at the home of her daughter Mrs. Roy F. Hannum, in Ottumwa, at 2:15 A. M., Saturday. Jan. 15th. Though an invalid during the most of her eight years residence in this city, she had a large circle of acquaintances and friends here, who will learn of her death with regret.


Mrs. Ilsley, formerly Miss Helen H. Smith of St. Louis, Missouri, was born in Eddyville, Ky., Aug. 25, 1847 and at her death was in her eightieth year. In her early childhood her parents moved to St. Louis, where she resided till her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Ilsley met in an unusual way. At the age of about eight years, she was a member of a class of little girls in the Sabbath School of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, of which Mr. Ilsley’s mother was the teacher. Their mothers were intimate friends so they were thrown much together. The acquaintance was warm friendship was unbroken during all the years.

Mrs. Ilsley united with the church in early life and was a member of it until her marriage. She was educated in the St. Louis schools, including the City Normal School, and on graduation became a teacher in the public schools, attaining the position of Assistant Principal, a position which she held during tho remainder of her career as a teacher.

Mr. and Mrs Ilsley were married Oct. 21st, 1873 and went to St Joseph, Mo. where Mr. Ilsley assumed his first pastorate. From that union seven children were born, two of whom died In early childhood. Those living are Mr. Henry F. Ilsley of Spirit Lake, Ia., Mrs. Roy F. Hannum of Ottumwa; Rev; L. C. Ilsley, row residing in Estis Park, Colorado; Miss Jessie 0. Ilsley of Ft. Madison, and Mrs. Wm. R. Robinson of Mechanicsville. These, with her husband and eleven grandchildren, remain to mourn her loss.

Tho Interment occurred Monday forenoon in Oak Hill cemetery, at Cedar Rapids. That location was chosen as the most central for the various members of the family living in Iowa.

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Submitted on 14-Jan-2022 by
John Shuck,

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