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KING, Lylas 1881-1928


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/18/2015 at 17:52:02

Miss Lylas King Died Suddenly This Morning

Was Taken Sick With Pneumonia Two Days Ago

Miss Lylas King died at about ten o'clock this morning. She was taken sick two days ago with pneumonia and a nurse had been secured for her. Her condition was not regarded as very dangerous until a short time before the end came this morning. Funeral arrangements were not made at the time the paper goes to press.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 April 1928, pg 1


Obituary of Lylas S. King

Sudden Death Removed Widely Known and Popular Educator

Lylas Sarah King, daughter of James N. and Sarah Brown King, was born in Benton county, Iowa, Sept. 15, 1882. As a result of the death of their mother, she and her twin brother, Ray, were left to the care of their grandmother Brown, with whom they moved to Grundy county at the age of six months. Lylas was educated in the public schools, graduating from the Grundy Center High School in 1900. Love of learning, which has been a lifelong characteristic, led her to seek a university education in a day in which such a course was much more exceptional than at the present time. While a student she united with the First Congregational church of Iowa City, of which she is still a member. She was graduated from the State University of Iowa in 1907, and in the fall of the same year entered upon her life work in the teaching profession. She left high school work in 1916 to accept a position in the newly established Grundy College, of which she has been one of the faculty continuously until the time of her death. This change was most welcome as it enabled her to make her home uninteruptedly with her uncle and aunt, Mr. Brown and Mrs. Will, to whom she was attached most devotedly. The death of her uncle in 1925 was a most keenly felt and enduring loss.

Miss King's proficiency as a teacher is attested to by every student who has come in contact with her. An unselfish devotion to her loved ones and an infinite solicitude for others were her predominant traits. Her interest in all that goes to make for the betterment of humanity is shown by the fact that she has provided care and education for five little ones abroad since the World War. In addition to her other duties she found time to helpfully participate in church club, and other civic activities.

On Monday while attending her classes Miss King was taken ill, and on Tuesday her condition became critical. In spite of every medical attention and most loving care her strength ebbed quickly, and she passed away at nine a.m. Thursday, April 5th. She was preceded in death by her father in 1916. She leaves to mourn her loss her twin brother, J. Ray, three aunts, Mrs. Margaret Will, Mrs. R. V. Koons and Mrs. E. R. Nelson, and one uncle, W. G. Brown, all of Grundy Center, and also one aunt, Mrs. Ella Wilson, of Mt. Auburn, Iowa, several cousins, and a host of true friends.

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart beats, He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."

Funeral services were held Monday at the home in Grundy Center. The college students were present in a body. The Board of Grundy College was represented by Prof. Joling, Rev. H. C. Bode and Mr. W. Bakker. The college male quartet sang "We Are Going Down the Valley One by One" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee." Prof. W. Landsiedal of the college read Scripture. Drs. Chambers and W. Bode gave short addresses. Prof. E. Joling closed with prayer. Interment was at the local cemetery, where Dr. Chambers read the form and Rev. H. C. Bode closed with prayer.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 April 1928, pg 1


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