AKIN, Amanda 1849-1932
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Date: 9/6/2015 at 19:26:57
Mrs. Amanda Akin Dead
Mrs. Amanda Akin died at the home of her son Ethan last night following an illness of several months. She was confined to her bed almost continually during the past month. She was in her 83th year. Mrs. Akin came to Grundy county 54 years ago and resided here continually. She is survived by one son, Ethan.
Funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 1:30. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery. The Register will publish Mrs. Akin's obituary in the next issue.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 August 1932, pg 5
Funeral Services For Mrs. Amanda Akin Held Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda Akin were held at the Akin home four miles west of Grundy Center Friday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Bird, pastor of the Grundy Methodist church. Burial was made in the Grundy Center cemetery.
Amanda E. Wilde, daughter of John B. and Katherine Wilde, was born at Fort Johnson, N. Y., on Jan. 8, 1848. There she spent her early life, and graduated from high school in that community. She completed normal school training in Schenectady, N. Y., and entered the teaching profession.
On Oct. 19, 1872, she was married to Paul C. Akin, who was then engaged in the wholesale grocery business in Chicago. To this union one son, Ethan J. Akin, was born, and still survives.
In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Akin came to Grundy Center, Iowa, and located on a large farm five miles west of town. Here they made their home up to the time of Mr. Akin's death Oct. 22, 1917. With the exception of a few years, Mrs. Akin has spent all this time on the home farm, where she has made many valued friends. The Akin farm as well as the name is one of the old landmarks of this community.
In early life Mrs. Akin united with the Presbyterian church, and has been a most faithful and consistent member during these many years. She will be greatly missed, especially among the older members, who knew her so well. Grandma Akin felt the weight of the increasing years, and as the evening of life came on , her strength gradually weakened. The last few months have been particularly trying, and her passing away has been expected by the family circle for some weeks. The patient and faithful care by the loving hearts and hands of her family had much to do with the lengthening of her life. Finally the struggle became too severe and a little past the midnight hour of last Wednesday, Aug. 17, surrounded with the entire family circle, she quietly folded her hands and passed into her long rest. So passes away another of the staunch, faithful souls, who helped to make our community and civilization a beautiful place to live.
This is Grandma Akin's coronation day. She is not dead, but is called to live in a better country, to dwell in that city not made with hands, whose Builder and Maker is God.
She leaves to mourn her passing an only son, Ethan J. Akin, five grandchildren, Paul Akin, Mrs. Philip E. Winslow of Chicago, Mrs. Harold Albert of Grundy Center, Ethan Jr. and Jack at home.
The many friends join in tenderest sympathy to the entire family.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 August 1932, pg 8
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