BENSON, Sarah Elvira 1841-1912
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/27/2017 at 11:42:12
The word was past around last Sunday that Vira Benson had been found unconscious in the yard at her home east of town the night before and in this condition she remained until Thursday evening at 7:30 when she returned to her Maker. Miss Sarah Elvira Benson belonged to one of the pioneer families of Iowa. Her parents moved from Jackson county, Ia., in an early day. Miss Elvira was born in that county, Nov. 18, 1841. She was of a most devote and kindly nature, never missing the attendance at the church services so long as she was able to attend. She was a member of the Congregational church in Union from its beginning. Her quiet, unobtrusive life was like a benediction to all around her. She was laid to rest in the Benson cemetery southeast of Whitten Saturday. Thos. Hauser preached the funeral sermon, assisted by the new Congregational pastor, Rev. Eldridge. The choir sang touchingly, "The Home of a Soul," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "Beautiful Valley of Eden." The choir was composed of Rev. Gilbert, tenor; Mrs. O. W. Wood, soprano; Mrs. David Hauser, alto; Dr. Bixby, bass.
--Hardin County Ledger (Eldora, Iowa), 26 September 1912, pg 6
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