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Lydia Riggs Reed, 1871-1930


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 3/6/2009 at 22:31:08


Mrs. Charles Reed, who lived southwest of the city, passed away last night after an illness of eight weeks.

Mrs. Charles A. Reed was born at Estherville on May 14, 1871 and lived in Emmet county all her life. She died on Dec 2 at the age of 59. Surviving her are four daughters, Mrs. J. Bosworth of Comstock, Wisconsin, Mrs. Harry Allen of Spirit Lake and Rose and Verna Reed at home, two brothers, Cecil Riggs of Estherville and Ed Riggs of Northfield, Minn. and two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Beatty and Mrs. Ed Beatty of Spirit Lake.

Funeral arrangements will not be made until all the relatives have arrived, it was said.

Contributed by: Doreene Hansen.

Lydia May Riggs, daughter of Isaac and Alice Riggs, was born at Estherville, Iowa, May 14, 1871. She passed from this life Tuesday, December 2, 1930, being 59 years, six months and 18 days old. She lived practically her whole life in this community, attending the Estherville schools, and being a member since 1891 of the Christian Church of Estherville. March 2, 1893, she was married to Charles A. Reed. Six children were born to them, four of whom survive, Mrs. Jay Bosworth of Comstock, Wis.; Mrs. Harry Allen, of Spirit Lake; Rose Leah and Verna, survive her. Two children, Earl and Pearl, died in infancy. For some years she made a place in her heart and home for her nephew, Francis Riggs.

The outstanding features of her life were her devation (devotion) to her home and to her church. She was a charter member of the First Christian Endeavor Society in this church. She was president of the Women's Missionary Society, and the teacher of the Loyal Women's Bible class, but her sympathies took in the whole circle of church life. She loved the services of the church and her great ambition was to be able to serve the church. She was deaconess, a servant of the church, visiting the sick and taking her turn at preparing the communion table. She did her work against all odds and under handicaps which would probably have daunted most of us. Her last illness was particularly trying, but she passed quietly and peacefully from this life as one who had laid down a great burden. Let say of her as Jesus said of another woman. "She hath done what she could."
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Reed; her children before mentioned; two brothers, Cecil Riggs of Estherville, and Ed Riggs of Northfield, Minn.; two sisters; Mrs. Clyde Beatty and Mrs. Ed Beatty, of Spirit Lake; and a great host of friends and fellow Christians.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 5th, at 2:30, with Alva L. Ragsdale, pastor in charge. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Contributed by: Doreene Hansen. Source: Estherville Daily News, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; December 3, 1930.


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