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Mary Ann (Alexander) Reed (1920)


Posted By: Judy Wight Branson (email)
Date: 10/18/2005 at 12:25:10

Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Oct. 20, 1920

Death of Mrs. J. R. Reed

Mrs. Mary Reed died at her home in Lincoln township on October 13 at the aged of 71 years. Mrs. Reed had lived in Madison county since childhood and became greatly loved by those who knew her for so many years. Paralysis and leakage of the heart caused her death.

She leaves three children, Mrs. Willard Loehr, Mrs. P. I. Akin and William, and Mrs. Dulcinia Callison is a sister, also, Mrs. Miranda Beal and Mrs. Elizabeth Cummins, three brothers, Frank, Melvin and Van Alexander also survive.

Services were conducted by Rev. N. C. Carpenter on October 15 at the -- Front church. Followed by burial at Winterset Cemetery.

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa

October 20, 1920, page 8


Mary Ann Reed, daughter of William and Francy Alexander, was born in Indiana seventy-one years ago last June 26 and departed from this life on Oct. 20, 1920, being 71 years, 6 months and 13 days.

When but a child she came to this country, where she has resided, becoming one of those who saw the country develop from the forest and prairie to the beautiful one we now know.

On March 18, 1866, she was united in marriage to John R. Reed, to which union four children were born, one dying in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. Jennie Akin, Mrs. Etta Loehr and William Reed, all of Madison county. Her brothers and sisters are as follows: Mrs. Miranda Beal, Frank Alexander, Mrs. Elizabeth Cummins, Dulcina E. Callison, Melvin Alexander and Van Alexander.

Religiously she was a member of the Methodist church, having been received into that fellowship, when young, and continuing until her death. Throughout all these years her faith in the love and goodness of God, our heavenly father, has been unwavering. Her memory will linger on and on in the minds and hearts of those who loved her and by whom she was loved.

This faith in the love and goodness of God, our heavenly father, went a long way in making her last days patient and submissive to all that awaited her. Not a word of complaint was heard fall from her lips. Often we complain of our lots, and wish that it might not be just as it is, but with her this was not so. She waited patiently, believing that somehow all would be well. She believed that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” It was a beautiful trust and a beautiful faith.

The funeral services were held from the Blue Front church, with Dr. N. C. Carpenter of the Church of Christ, Winterset officiating. Burial was in the Winterset cemetery.

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