SEVERANCE, Elizabeth 1853-1938
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/10/2016 at 20:27:00
Mrs. Elizabeth Severance was born in Herkemer county, New York, May 14, 1853, and died at the old farm home Feb. 22, 1938, in her eighty-fifth year. She was second eldest of six daughters and one son of Thomas and Mary Robson.
The following year the family moved to Carroll county, Ill., where they lived until 1863, when they moved to Grundy county.
Mrs. Severance experienced all the hardships of the early days. At that time Iowa was one vast expanse of unbroken prairie with hardly a sign of human habitation aside from a few crude structures and those a long distance apart, without roads or bridges, schoolhouses or churches. There was only one house in Grundy Center. Her family lived for some time in a log house in Hickory Grove.
She grew to womanhood here except for a year or so spent in Buffalo, N.Y., and Mt. Carroll in school. She taught school until May 28, 1880, when she married Charles Severance, who died in 1904.
While in Buffalo she confessed her faith in Christ and became a member of the Baptist church. She joined the Baptist church here some years later. Her church and Sunday school held her deep interest and were not neglected as long as health permitted. Mrs. Severance's health had been failing for more than a year.
She was always interested in education and civic affairs.
A well rounded life has been ended and it can be truly said, full of good works.
She is survived by two children, Gertrude and Frank, and one grandson. A daughter preceded her in death in 1912.
Four sisters, Mrs. Bell Kuhns, So. Dak., Mrs. Emma Ford, Mrs. Jennie Meyers and Mrs. Nellie Meyers of this city also survive.
She will be greatly missed in the family circle, by a large number of relatives and friends. Our eyes weep, our hearts bleed, but our souls rejoice in the bright hope of meeting her again.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 3 March 1938, pg 4
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