MORROW, Anna 1825-1895
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/20/2011 at 11:40:53
Mrs. John Morrow, Sr., died at her home in Clay township, Monday, January 29, and her remains will be buried in the cemetery at Grundy Center Thursday, January 31.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 31 January 1895
Mrs. John Morrow, who died at her home in Clay township on Tuesday of last week, was buried in the cemetery at Grundy Center on the following Thursday. She was a kind and affectionate mother and leaves a husband, several children and a large circle of friends to mourn her death.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 February 1895
Anna Noblet was born in the town of Gorey, county of Wexford, Ireland, October 9, 1825. In the year 1845 she came to America and located in the British possessions.
In the year 1849, she was married to her now bereaved husband at Campville, Canada. Of this union seven children were born, five of whom remain and are present today. The other two in infancy passed to the better land, so that while the mother's arms are relaxed from the loved ones of this earth, we believe they clasp other dear ones in the home of the soul.
Twenty-eight years ago the Morrow family came to this vicinity and have lived here continuously. Thus, she who lies so peacefully before us, helped make this community and now turns it over to us as a heritage. Those hands are venerable, and each wrinkle indicates to us a debt of everlasting gratitude because they were indented there, not only in devotion to her own family, but in devotion to us all, in helping to tame the desert land, building a social system and pioneering the way of christianity, which is enjoyed by all.
In early life she, like Mary of old, chose that better part by consecrating her life to the services of God. Most of the time since she has been a devoted member of the M. E. church.
On January 29, 1895, as the sun was climbing to its zenith, her spirit left the tenement of clay and mounted up to be with its God. The days of her pilgrimage were sixty-nine years, three months and twenty days.
The whole community has met with a great loss, but after all the loss will be most keenly felt in this home. The mother and wife are to the home what the keystone is to the arch. The center and main support.
The fable says that once upon a time a keystone upon the king's highway, after a long and honorable service, gave out under the long and constant strain and fell from its place. Then all the other stones of the arch called a council to forecast action. The most part were for disbanding. Finally one small stone was heard to say, "Our loss is truly great, but our mission is greater. If each will assume a little move and get as close as we can to each other, we can still hold up our king and his royal array."
My message to you, dear friends, today is to come close to each other and let that circle be formed around the cross of Jesus that was the strength of your dear one's life. To these friends and neighbors I would say let us join in one outer circle, whose prayers and manifest sympathies shall be a constant support to those who are still wading the deep waters today.
Funeral services were held in the family home on January 31, at 10 o'clock a.m., a large company being present, at which time Rev. L. U. McKee preached a most consoling discourse, and Rev. F. A. Trimble read the above obituary.
Some of the deceased's favorite hymns were well rendered by Mr. Guild, Mrs. Benham and Miss Penfield. Friends and relatives furnished flowers wrought into such designed as very beautifully emblematized the life and hope of Mrs. Morrow. Her remains were tenderly laid to reset in the cemetery at Grundy Center, her three sons and one son-in-law acting as pallbearers.
--The Grundy County Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 14 February 1895
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