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Woods, Anna (McPhilips) 1845 – 1897


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/15/2017 at 19:24:34

Iowa Plain Dealer April 6, 1897, FP, C5

On the evening of March 27th, the home of Patrick Woods of Howard Center township was rendered sorrowful and desolate, by the sudden and unexpected call to eternity of his faithful wife, Anna.
Anna McPhilips Woods was born in Ireland 1845, and at the early age of five years with her parents she migrated to America. They settled in Darlington, Wisconsin, and there little Anna grew from childhood to womanhood. In March 1865, she was joined in happy marriage with Patrick Woods, and four years later she came with him to reside in Howard county where she faithfully toiled by his side, assisting by sweat of brow and cheering words, and tenderly caring for the little ones with which God had blessed their home.
When the home was builded{sic} on the prairie and the little ones grown to young manhood and womanhood, then and until her death she was the angel which Heaven had placed in watch to protect the virtues of that home and well did she prove herself worthy of Heaven’s trust, and well might she have been proud of the manly sons and virtuous daughters who surrounded her death-bed.
After one short week of sickness she closed her eyes in death, having first received the sweet consolation which her religeon{sic} affords to the departing faithful; and after having said a fond farewell to the bereaved husband, weeping children and sorrowing friends who surrounded her bed-side.

The funeral services took place at the Catholic church of Cresco, on the morning of March 29, when six sorrowing sons, carried the sacred remains of the mother they loved so well and placed her before the altar of God, where flowers had been beautifully arranged by the hands of loving friends. Reverend Father Nelson delivered a very beautiful funeral sermon, and when the services were closed we laid the dead to rest in the beautiful Catholic cemetery.
The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of all the friends; the funeral was largely attended, many attended church who were unable to secure teams.
She leaves a husband, three daughters and seven sons to mourn her loss. It is indeed hard to see her go, death had never entered that home before, and now he has taken the heart of the family.
Ah! Rest! Thou good and saintly mother, in whose breast ne’er dwelt a selfish thought. Days, months, and years may roll along, yet we will miss thee from our home; but from the lessons thou hast taught, we hope to meet three once again.

Transcriber’s Note: Her gravestone shows the year of her birth as 1850.

Calvary Cresco Cemetery

Howard Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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