VALENTINE, Lettie 1823-1900
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Date: 4/2/2015 at 13:36:51
Lettie Ann Hickman was born in Surry county, North Carolina, August 26, 1823. She removed from there with her parents to Bowlin Green, Kentucky, when thirteen years of age. From there the family came to Galena, Illinois, where Lettie Ann was united in marriage to Harvey Johnson Valentine, forty-eight years ago. They came to Grundy county about 1878 and settled on a farm in Washington township where they resided till thirteen years ago when they moved into town and have been residents here ever since.
Deceased joined her husband in uniting with the Free Will Baptist church when they resided in Illinois and remained a faithful member of that church all her life. She was exceedingly devout and religious and though an invalid for seventeen years her faith in her Lord never wavered and she resignedly accepted her afflictions and praised Him all the more. Up to the day of her death she talked of going home to her children and her Savior who had been so good to her. She had been a sufferer from dropsy and a complication of diseases and confined to her home altogether. Her late illness was of short duration and none but the members of her family realized that the end was so near tell death took her from them. She leaves her husband and two daughters to mourn her death, four of her children having preceded her to the better land. She died happy and glad to go , January 26, 1900.
The funeral was conducted from the family residence Sunday afternoon by Rev. Fenwick of Conrad, and Dr. Fellows of this city, officiating. She was laid to rest in the Clark cemetery west of town. The family have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement. The funeral was largely attended by neighbors and friends and the family desire to express their appreciation of the kindness shown by so many in the sickness and burial of the aged mother and wife.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 February 1900, pg 7
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