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Kanago, Charlotte 1867 - 1939


Posted By: Doris Hoffman, Volunteer (email)
Date: 12/19/2010 at 18:25:20

Note: Her maiden name was Fletcher.


Last Rites Are Held Afternoon for Mrs. Charlotte E. Kanago

Death claimed Mrs. Charlotte Elizabeth Kanago, a resident of Akron for the past twenty-two years, Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Kanago was born in Morrison, Illinois, September 7, 1867,where she grew to womanhood. In February, 1891, she came to Iowa with her father. Four years later, on the 3lst of October, she and her sister, Ida, were married in a double wedding ceremony at Le Mars, Iowa, to Charles Kanago and H. B. Morehead, respectively. The sister, Mrs. Ida Morehead, is the only one surviving of this double wedding.

To this union was born five children two boys and three girls two of these having passed away in infancy. They made their home on a farm at Adaville for a number of years, until they moved to Akron, Iowa, in 1917, which has been their home until the present year. No sacrifice was too great for her to make in behalf of her children. Her great desire was that her children should receive Christian training and come to know the Lord whom she served husband and all her children shared her faith and devotion and have given to the world wonderful evidence of the beautiful home life and atmosphere which has continually surrounded them.

Her faith was their wall when they needed defense and her courage their sword when they fared forth into the world. She was a literal, living example of The womanhood portrayed in the 31st chapter of Proverbs. Truly her children and her neighbors and friends will arise up and call her blessed. In 1885, having previously reached the decision stage of a rich and glorious Christian experience, and having given her heart to her Master and Lord and she entered the bond of fellowship with His people. She was baptized and received into the First Baptist Church of Morrison, Illinois. True to her conviction and ideals, one of Mrs. Kanago's first acts on coming to Akron was to join the First Baptist Church. She attended the United Brethren church while at Adaville, and she became a source of strength and help to the Baptist Church in Akron. She taught in the Sunday school, was a deaconess in the church, was active in the Ladies' Association and supervised the-W. W. G. work for fourteen years.

Besides her work in the church, she belonged to the Women's Relief Corps and was an active member of the W. C. T. U. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Even shortly before her departure she, was preparing the mantles of heavenly grace to fall on the shoulders of her children, when the Chariots of the Lord swung low and she cried: "My father, my father, the Chariots Of Israel and the horsemen thereof. It is indeed the prayer of everyone that a double portion of her spirit may descend upon these children who carry on in her stead. There is little need to depict her last days and hours with her children and near relatives. To her it was the constant mounting of a transcendent spirit, triumphing over the agonies of the flesh and voicing a calm trust and confidence. Her spiritual house was in order. We tried to speak comfort to a broken and frail body, but it was rather for her to speak comfort to us and voice a calm trust and confidence.

Mrs. Kanago was preceded in death by two children, Avon Walter and Opal Lorene; and by her husband, Mr. Charles Kanago, who passed away last February. Since then, although endeavoring to be very brave outwardly for her children’s sake she inwardly was grieving intensely, which eventually resulted in her illness of three weeks, passing away on Monday, July 3, 1939, at the age of 71 years, 9 months, and 26 days. She was also preceded in death several years ago by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher; and by two brothers, George and Charles. Those who survive are a son, Glen, of Adaville; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Campbell and Mrs. Ina Young, of Akron; three grandchildren, Eldon Kanago, Lois Jean Campbell and Charles Young; also by three brothers and one sister, Ed. Fletcher, of Burke, S. D. Fred Fletcher, of Reliance, S. D.; Walter Fletcher, of Clinton, Minn., and Mrs. Ida Morehead, of Le Mars, Iowa; and two half-brothers, Willie, of Oacoma, S.D., and Earl, of Sioux City, Iowa.

Akron Register Tribune
Thursday, July 6, 1939
Akron, Iowa


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