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GUESS, Margaret A. (1843-1930)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 9/3/2020 at 17:33:08

Margaret Ann Guess
(May 21, 1843 November 18, 1930)

Funeral Today of Octogenarian
Mrs. Margaret Guess Surviven by 92 Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren
The funeral of Mrs. M. A. Guess, who died early Tuesday morning, will be held at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 20, brief services taking place at the Moore & Sons mortuary chapel, in charge of Rev. Raymond Jinkerson. The funeral cortege will then proceed to Churdan, Iowa, where services will be held at 2 p.m., also in charge of Rev. Mr. Jinkerson and the aged lady will be laid to rest in the cemetery at Churdan.
Margaret Ann Gilmore was born at Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, May 21, 1843 and died at Ida Grove, Iowa, at 5:10 a.m. November 18, 1930, having attained the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 27 days. She was the daughter of Esther and John Gilmore, and one of a family of 14 children of which she was the last. Her early life was spent in Ohio, where she was a member of the Baptist Church of Pomeroy. On June 2, 1861, she was united in marriage to Josiah Guess, and to this union twelve children were born, three of whom, Ida, Howard and Susan Chamberlain, preceded her in death. The early part of her married life was spent in Missouri and Pennsylvania, the family later moving to Iowa where they settled at Ely and then Cedar Rapids. On March 27, 1898, Josiah Guess was called to his Heavenly home and since that time his widow, has lived with her children, dividing her time among them. She was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lettie Wallace at Ida Grove when she died. She leaves to mourn her passing nine children, John of Churdan, Ellis and Burton of Lohrville, Mrs. Letty Wallace, Mrs. Barney Ward and Mrs. Jesse Glass of Ida Grove, Mrs. Andrew Harrington and Mrs. Jude Krumholtz of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. William Wilson of Paton, Iowa; forty-eight grandchildren, and forty-six great grandchildren, besides innumerable friends. Grandma Guess was a dutiful mother, loved and respected by all who knew her. Always a hard worker, she was capable and willing, and asked for no better way to prove her love than attending the sick or caring for little children. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her special charges, and she delighted them with stories of her own childhood or accounts of the Civil War. She carefully treasured their pictures and letters and other little remembrances she received on different occasions. She lived a life of service and her heart was heavy when old age and failing health made it necessary for her to give up the little tasks she delighted to do. But the years took their toll, and for quite some time before her death she was weak and failing, although her last sickness came on suddenly and with a severity that gave no hope of recovery.


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