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Fannie Margaret Filkins (1864-1942)


Posted By: Eileen Reed (email)
Date: 7/7/2019 at 21:36:01

October 22, 1864 --- March 28, 1942

Last Rites For Miss F. Filkins Held Tuesday

Well Known Eagle Grove Resident Since 1889 Passed on Saturday Following 14 Day Illness.

Miss Fannie M. Filkins died at her home in this city Saturday, March 28th, following an Illness of about two weeks. She was suddenly stricken with paralysis and was unconscious for several days but did recover sufficiently to recognize near friends and relatives. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. L. M. Wilkinson of the Congregational church in charge. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.


Miss Fannie Margaret Filkins, daughter of John W. Filkins and his wife, Margaret Filkins, was born in Vinton, Benton county, Iowa, October 22, 1865 [1864], and died in Eagle Grove after a brief illness on March 28, 1942, at the age of 77 years.

She came to Eagle Grove in 1889 where her brother, Douglas, had been attorney-at-law since 1881. For many years she worked with him in his law office.

Miss Filkins was a woman of remarkable community spirit. Every worthwhile movement won her immediate and staunch support. For fifteen years she served as secretary of the school board. She was a faithful member of the Congregational Church and clerk of that institution for twenty years. As first Worthy Matron and charter member of the Eagle Chapter of the Eastern Star, she was to have received special honor at the fiftieth anniversary of that organization in September. She was also first president of the Past Matronís Club organized a few years ago. Beside these affiliations, Miss Filkins was a member of the following organizations: P. E. O., Equality Club, Woman's Club, Cecilian Club, and historical societies, D. A. R. and Founders and Patriots.

She has been abroad twice and traveled also in this country.

The deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Clara Young of Eagle Grove; a niece, Mrs. Howard Paine of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two nephews, Daniel G. Filkins of Houston, Texas, and Douglas Filkins, now with the armed forces in Australia. Beside these, there is a multitude of friends who deeply regret the passing of this great personality from its midst.

Miss Filkins was an ardent Bible student and a lover of the best literature. Her favorite poem, "The House by the Side of the Road" by Sam. Walter Foss expresses completely her philosophy of life.

Eagle Grove Eagle --- Eagle Grove, Iowa
April 2, 1942


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