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Dolph, Mrs. William (Mercy) 1842-1925


Posted By: Janet M. Schuldt (email)
Date: 12/30/2020 at 13:20:39

Cherokee Times, Cherokee, Cherokee, Iowa August 31, 1925

Obituary of Mrs. Dolph

Mercy Ann Benedict, daughter Mr. and Mrs. David W. Benedict, of York state, was born April 29, 1842, and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. A. Sleezer, North Roosevelt Ave., Cherokee, at -1:00 p.m., August 29, 1925 at the age of S3 years and 4 months. Her early childhood was spent in the state of her birth, where she was educated in the public schools, and at the age of 16 years she united with the Methodist church, in which faith she lived and died, her' last membership being held in the Afton Methodist church, now disbanded. In the year 1858, the deceased was married to Wm. W. Dolph, who preceded her in death July 12, 1896.

To this union nine children were born, four of whom have preceded her in death. The five surviving children are Mrs. A. E. Loucks of Salem, Oregon; Mrs. M. A. Sleezer of this city; Mrs. W. Scott of Tenny, Minn.; Mrs. W. Boyster of Leligh, Iowa, and J. E. Dolph of this city. As other surviving relatives, Mrs. Dolph leave s 24 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren, and 5 great-greatgrandchildren.

Three of the grandchildren and one of the great-grandchildren were raised by Mrs. Dolph, and remember her care of them most kindly.

Mrs. Dolph came to Cherokee county by ox team and wagon in the early sixties with her husband, and endured the hardships incident to pioneer life in Iowa, when the Indians gave them occasion for frequent fear. She has made a large contribution to the social and religious life of this community. She was a loving and devoted mother and will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends

The funeral took place this afternoon at 3:0 0 p. m. at the Church of Christ, Rev. B. H. Conradt officiating.

Dearest 'Mother, thou have left us, and our loss we deeply feel; But it's God that has bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal. Yet again we hope to meet thee When the day of life is fled; When in heaven in joy to greet thee Where no farewell tear is shed.


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