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GRAVES, Sarah 1834-1902

GRAVES, STEVENS

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/17/2016 at 20:36:34

Obituary of Mrs. Sarah J. Graves

Mrs. Sarah J. Graves, who was for many years a resident of Grundy county, died at her home at Jackson, Tenn., October 9, 1902, at the age of 68 years and 5 days.

Deceased was born in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5, 1834, her maiden name being Stevens. On Oct. 5, 1854, she was married to George G. Graves and to them were born nine children, all of whom are living except one. Mr. Graves died several years ago.

In the year of 1869 Mr. and Mrs. Graves came to Iowa and resided in Jones county until 1872 when they settled on a farm in Clay township, Grundy county, and enjoyed the pleasures and endured the hardships of pioneer life. After Mr. Graves' demise the family moved to Grundy Center, living here three years. About twelve years ago they went to Jackson, Tenn., having since that time resided on a farm one and one-half miles north of that city.

About a week before her death Mrs. Graves was taken seriously ill with locked bowels from which she suffered intensely but she bore her pain with that christian fortitude that had characterized her whole life, and she had often told her daughters who at her bedside ministered to her needs that she was ready and willing to go to her eternal home. The death messenger came at noon Thursday and her sufferings were over and she was at rest.

Funeral services were held at the family residence Friday morning after which the remains were brought to Grundy Center and on Sunday afternoon all that was mortal of the loving and devoted mother was laid away in the cemetery at Alice church.

Besides a large circle of friends in the vicinity of her late residence and in Grundy county Mrs. Graves leaves to mourn her death eight children. Edward S. of Akron, Colorado, Charles G. of Brownsville, Minn., William J. of Homer, Neb., Mrs. W. J. Lyons of Wyoming, Iowa, Mrs. Geo. W. Morrison of Grundy Center, Iowa, Mrs. C. A. Derryberry of Martin, Tenn., Misses Ella A. and Elnora A. of Jackson, Tenn., also a stepson, Dr. N. M. Graves of New York City, to whom she was a mother from his boyhood. The five daughters were with her during her last hours and were also present at the funeral, as was also her son-in-law, Mr. C. A. Derrybery of Martin, Tenn.

The sorrowing family have the sympathy of many friends in their hour of bereavement.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 16 October 1902, pg 4


 

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