BOCKES, Mary 1863-1926
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/29/2015 at 14:03:34
Mrs. Wm. Bockes Dies Suddenly In Minnesota
Passes Away Last Thursday Morning While At Her Household Duties
Was in Her Usual Health
Remains Brought Here Sunday and Funeral Services Held Sunday at Alice
This community was shocked last Thursday when it was learned that Mrs. William Bockes had passed away that morning at her home on Shallow Lake near Warba, Minn.
Mrs. Bockes was doing the family washing that morning and Mr. Bockes had stepped out into the yard and was away from her but a short time when he returned to the house and found Mrs. Bockes lying on the floor. Death was to all appearances instantaneous and was undoubtedly due to some form of heart failure as she had been in her usual health up to this time.
Mary Isabel Berry was born at Lena, Illinois, on the 19th day of December, 1863, being one of a family of twelve children, five of whom are still living. They are as follows: Mrs. Henry Smith, of Jewell, Iowa; Mrs. William Poland, residing in California; Mrs. E. B. Pond, of Iowa Falls; Myron Berry, of Gladbrook, Iowa, and George Berry of Traer, Iowa.
On the 28th day of November, 1884, the deceased gave her hand in matrimony to William Bockes, and most of the time since they have made their home in or around Grundy Center, Mr. Bockes having served the county as sheriff for some time. About a year ago Mr. and Mrs. Bockes left this vicinity and went to their home on Shallow Lake, Minn. Mrs. Bockes, while not in the best of health for a number of years, had not experienced any noticeable illness of late.
While, in a way, such a method of passing out of the house of clay brings a shock to one's friends, yet after all the relief from the pain of a long continued illness has its compensations as well. The hearty sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved in their affliction, for after all the light of the day of the earthly life but preceded the dawn of an eternal day, where what we are in the world regulates under a kind Providence, the character of the life beyond.
It becomes us all therefore, to "so live, that when thy summons comes to join that innumerable caravan that moves to the pale realms of shade, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, thou go not like the quarry slave at night, scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soother by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."
Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Coffman and later from Alice church in the country, and burial made in the Alice cemetery, Rev. Dr. H. C. Chambers, pastor of First Presbyterian church, preaching the sermon.
All the brothers and sisters enumerated above except the one living in California and a number of relatives and friends from Gladbrook, Whitten and elsewhere attended the funeral.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 April 1926, pg 1
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