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Kirkham, Mrs. Sylvester (Mary Dacy) (1842-1918)


Posted By: Cass County Coordinator (email)
Date: 5/13/2022 at 14:36:19

Anita Record
Thursday August 22, 1918 pg. 1, col. 2


Mary Dacy was born at Montreal, Canada, May 8th, 1842, and passed away at her home in Anita, Cass county, Iowa, August 18th, 1918, at the age of 76 years, 3 months and 10 days. Death was the results of complications due to advanced age and a general breaking down of the physical powers.

During the year 1861 she was united in marriage to James Karnes, who passed away a few years later. To this union was born one daughter: Mrs. O. C. Moree, at present a resident of Kansas City, Missouri. On October 15th, 1867, she was again united in marriage to Sylvester Kirkham, and to this union five children were born: Mayor Homer Kirkham, of Anita, Iowa; Mrs. L. B. Smith, of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Joseph H. Kirkham, of Clayworks, Iowa; Sylvester Kirkham, Jr., of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Mrs. Wm. Baier, of Exira, Iowa. There are also four step-sons and daughters: John Kirkham, Miss Bessie Kirkham, Mrs. S. V. Jenkins of Anita, Iowa, and William Kirkham, of Chicago, all of whom were present at the funeral services, except William Kirkham. Other near relatives are sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Kirkham family came to Cass county from Missouri during the early 80's, settling on a farm north of this city, where the husband and father died a number of years ago, since which time Mrs. Kirkham has been a resident of Anita; and as failing health rendered her almost helpless at times and especially during the past two years, every care and attention was given her by the sons and daughters , who mourn her passing away.

Mother Kirkham united with the Congregational church in early life, and retained her membership with that denomination until called to her final rest and reward. In the home, Mother Kirkham was a devoted wife and mother, and in the circle of her acquaintance was a kind neighbor and true friend.

"Our tears should not in sorrow flow,
When God recalls His own,
And bids them leave a world of woe,
For an immortal crown.

"Death is a gain to those
Whose life to God was given;
Gladly to earth their eyes they close,
To open again in heaven.

"Their toils are past, their work is done,
And they are fully blest;
They fought the fight, the victory won,
And entered into rest.

"Sorrows, then, should cease to flow;
God has recalled His own;
So let our hearts in every woe,
Still say, 'Thy will be done.'"

Funeral services were held at the Congregational church in this city on Tuesday, August 20th, 1918, at 3:30 p.m., conducted by Elder Chas. Pickford, pastor of the United Evangelical church; Interment taking place in Evergreen cemetery.


Our grateful appreciation and sincere thanks are here expressed to the neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness shown during the illness and death of our beloved mother and grandmother.
Mrs. O. C. Moree and Family.
Homer Kirkham and Family.
Mrs. L. B. Smith and Family.
J. H. Kirkham and Family.
Sylvester Kirkham, Jr.
Mrs. Wm. Baier and Family.
John Kirkham.
Bessie Kirkham.
Mrs. S. V. Jenkins and Family.
Wm. Kirkham.


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