GIER, Adeline Elizabeth 1869–1940
Posted By: Pat Hochstetler, Volunteer (email)
Date: 3/10/2013 at 10:04:18
Mrs. Gier Dies at Her Home Here Last Thursday Morning
Mrs. John R. Gier passed away at three o’clock Thursday morning, October 17, following an illness of four months. She suffered a stroke on June 25, from which she seemed to rally, but later complications set in that were too much for a weakened heart.
Adeline Elizabeth Titus was born April 26, 1869, and died Oct. 17, 1940 at the age of 71 years, 5 months and 9 days. She was the daughter of Elmore and Celia Titus. She spent her girlhood days on the farm, now owned by Clem Bristley, on which she was born. She was married to John R. Gier Jan. 18, 1888. They moved to Conrad and established their home at the present location.
To this union were born 12 children, who are: Eugene F., of Albany. N.Y.; Philip E. of La Crosse, Wis.; Irvin L., of Conrad; Mrs. Lucile Tranbarger of Des Moines; Mrs. Helen Clifford of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Adeline Smith and Mrs. Irene Page of Washington, D.C.; John Jr. of Pittsburg, Pa.; Mrs. Alice Elam, Mrs. Lois Daggett and Mrs. Elaine Lewis of Los Angeles, Calif., and Charles W. of Conrad.
Left to mourn her besides her husband and these 12 children are 24 grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Myrtis Blackburn of Denver, Colorado and three brothers, Roy Titus of Des Moines; Dake Titus of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Tom Titus of Cheyenne, Wyoming. This was the first passing in this large family of children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Gier was a member of the Methodist church throughout all her life. In her early married life she sang in the church choir, was an active member in the Ladies’ Aid Society, the Foreign Missonary Society and the W.C.T.U.
She was a woman of beautiful character. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, and a kind neighbor with a frank spirit full of the sweet simplicity of an unaffected life. She had a great mother heart, with a wealth of affection for her children and grandchildren. She is mourned by a host of friends who by their tribute of love upon the memory of her life and in deep sympathy enter with the family into this sad hour which is sad only to those who are left behind.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by the Rev. C. W. Cleveland of Albion, her former pastor, assisted by Rev. E. C. Allen. Her five sons and one grandson, Charles Tranbarger, Jr., acted as pall bearers. Marcia Lou and Betty Jane Tranbarger, two of her granddaughters, were flower bearers. A quartet consisting of Mrs. Clair Hiatt, Mrs. Clyde Newton, Max Belz and Paul Franzenburg, Jr., sang “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and “Jesus Savior, Pilot Me,: accompanied by Evelyn Stevens at the piano. The processional and recessional were played on the organ by Isabelle Stevens. Interment was in the Conrad cemetery.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping found in scrapbook belonging to my great grandmother.
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