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Mary Johnson Coon 1883-1901


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/22/2010 at 23:43:07

Mary Coon Dead
The many friends of Mary Coon were grieved to hear of her death Sunday [December 29, 1901] morning. Miss Coon had been suffering for a number of days with typhoid fever which eventually effected her brain, bringing on an attack of brain fever which complication proved too strong for the already weakened body and at two o’clock Sunday morning the soul left its earthly home for realms above. Miss Coon was left along at an early age by the death of her parents, whose name was Johnson, so Mr. and Mrs. Henry Coon opened their hearts to the little girl and brought her up as a child of their own, legally adopting her several years ago. Miss Coon was an active worker in the Presbyterian church, taking great interest in the Sunday school and Christian Endeavor work. Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church Monday and the body laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery. (Emmet County Republican, Estherville, IA, January 2, 1902)

Mary Coon Dead
She Dies Sunday Surrounded by Relatives and Friends
The community was wrapped in gloom last Sunday morning due to the death of Miss Mary Coon, the adopted daughter of H. C. and Almyra Coon.

Mary Coon was born March 25th, 1883, and was adopted when she was three years of age by Mr. and Mrs. Coon. Ever since she has been a member of the Coon family, loved by relatives and her large circle of friends and respected by all who knew her.

She was tenderly cared for in youth and was reared in a model and loving home. Receiving a religious training from childhood, she has always been a strict attendant upon the services of the church and early showed a marked religious tendency. About three years ago Mary became a member of the Presbyterian church and has maintained a consistent fellowship in that church ever since and was especially active in the young people’s society.

Her early death has brought grief to many hearts who knew and loved her for her many good qualities. Those who have looked upon her as of their own family very strongly feel the loss of one who has grown so dear to them.

During her last illness, although not rational at times, her mind seemed stayed upon Christ as her hope. She sang and prayed in ascending confidence of a speedy and joyous deliverance.

Mary Coon has passed beyond the portals of Heaven, but her magnificent Christian influence and example have been a blessing to the world.

Our sincerest sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents, brothers and sisters in this their hour of affliction. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, January 1, 1902)

Death of Mary Johnson Coon
Friends and relatives are surprised and grieved to learn of the sudden death of Miss Mary Coon, one of the popular young ladies of Estherville. Miss Coon was taken ill about two weeks ago with a very virulent attack of typhoid fever but the physicians were not alarmed as to the immediate outcome. Toward the latter part of her illness, her mind gave way to an attack of brain fever and her already prostrated constitution received shocks which caused her physicians to express grave doubts as to her recovery. For the last three days her mind constantly wandered except in a few lucid intervals when her mind would become clear. At these times she would seem to know that the end was near and repeatedly expressed devotion to Christ and expressed a willingness to resign herself to his care. At two o’clock Sunday morning the body gave way to the disease and the soul of Mary Coon, beloved by all her friends and acquaintances, winged its flight to heaven.

At the time of her death Miss Coon was nearly eighteen years of age, lacking but a few days. At the age of about three years her mother, Mrs. Martha Johnson, died of typhoid fever leaving her an orphan. She had always been intimate with the Coon family and was subsequently taken into their household as one of the family and has always been known by the name of Coon. As a Christian Miss Coon was a devout Presbyterian and was associated with the church work in many ways and was a leader in the younger element. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, Rev. Wm. E. McLeod preaching the funeral sermon at two o’clock Monday afternoon. The remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery. A host of sorrowing friends offer their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, January 1, 1902)


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