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CHRISTIANS, Nellie 1909-1967


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/18/2016 at 06:29:42

Nellie Christians was born on June 12, 1909, the daughter of Chris and Sophie Oelman Christians, in Butler county, Monroe township. Her early years were spent in that county until her father, Chris Christians, passed away in 1918 when Nellie was at the age of 9 years. The following year 1919 her mother, Mrs. Sophie Christians was married to John E. Meester. At that time she and her family moved to the present residence in Pleasant Valley twp., where she spent all of her life. All of the schooling was received in Pleasant Valley township. The last six years she had made her home with the Paul Aswegen family.

Nellie was baptized in the Christian Reformed church of Parkersburg on Aug. 1, 1909, by the Rev. John Plesscher, the pastor. Almost all of her lifetime she attended the Reformed Church of Stout where she was a charter member of the Willing Workers Society, a member of the Dorcas Society, and the Adult Sunday School class.

She received her Christian instruction in the Stout church and was a member of the Heidelberg catechism class. On Sept. 12, 1955 she made confession of her faith in Christ as Savior and became a communicant member of the Reformed Church of Stout.

About 7 years ago she became afflicted with emphysema. Her condition gradually weakened until it became necessary for hospitalization on April 15. She passed away Thursday, April 20, at Allen Memorial Hospital at the age of 57 years, 9 months, 3 days.

She was preceded in death by her father, Chris Christians, in 1918 and her mother, Mrs. John E. Meester, who passed away on Sept. 27, 1955.

She is survived by her step-father John E. Meester, brother Dick of Parkersburg, half-sister Ann, Mrs. Paul Aswegan of Parkersburg, 5 nieces and nephews in addition to a host of relatives and friends.

Interment was in Stout cemetery.

Funeral services were held Monday, Apr 24, at 1:30 p.m. in the Reformed Church of Stout with Rev. J. Hoekstra, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Bernard Schnell was organist. The men's quartet sang "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Going Down the Valley."

Pallbearers were Jacob C. Meester, Harvey Meester, Clarence Meester, Richard Harken, Delbert Harken and Simon Christians.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 27 April 1967, sec 2, pg 4


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