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Bessie Laura Stearns Greig 1871-1965


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/16/2011 at 20:39:19

Mrs. Greig Dies at 94
Mrs. Hugh S. Greig, 94, Estherville resident since 1904, died today at 4:40 a.m. at Holy Family Hospital, where she had been a patient for about five years. Her death was attributed to complications of advanced age.

Mrs. Greig, so long as her health permitted, was active in many organizations here, including the Women’s Guild of Grace Episcopal Church of which she had been a longtime member.

She was a 50 year member of three organizations: the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of American Revolution and P.E.O. Other organizations included the Daughters of American Founders and Patriots and Mayflower society. Mrs. Greig was an active member of the Estherville chapter of American Red Cross during World War I.

Bessie Laura Stearns was born Oct. 19, 1871, at Hampton, the daughter of John T. and Evelyn Stearns. When she was 10 years old, she moved with her parents to South Dakota, where her family founded the town of Chamberlain. She received her elementary schooling in Chamberlain and later attended All Saints Girls’ Preparatory School, Sioux Falls.

She and Hugh S. Greig were married Feb. 3, 1895, in Chamberlain. After their marriage, they moved to Emery, S.D., where a son, John E. and a daughter, Mary Evelyn, were born.

Mr. and Mrs. Greig and children moved from Emery to Estherville in 1904. Mr. Greig was a grain merchant who owned and operated grain elevators here and in other towns of northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Mrs. Greig is survived by her son, Jno. E. Greig; two grandsons, Hugh S. and John M., a great granddaughter, Susan Robin, and a great-grandson, William Morse Greig.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her daughter, Mary, in 1917, her parents and one sister.

Funeral services for Mrs. Greig are to be Monday at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Rev. Charles du Bois officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Francis Shadle, Leo Fitzgibbons, Elmer Spoo, William Kleine of Sherburn, Hugh S. Greig and John M. Greig.

Friends may call at Fuhrman Funeral Home Sunday afternoon until time of services Monday. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, November 20, 1965)


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