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Beatrice Estelle Strickling Johnson (1853- 1923)

JOHNSON, STRICKLING, EVANS, OVERMAN, STEWART

Posted By: Karen Bergquist Uhr (email)
Date: 3/25/2003 at 16:01:17

MRS. THOMAS H. JOHNSON

Beatrice Estelle Strickling was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, January 14, 1853, the eldest daughter of Dr. Henry and Sarah Ann Strickling. The family came to Iowa before the Civil War, locating at Winchester and a few years later to Keosauqua where the Strickling family has been identified with the business and social life of the community for over sixty years.

Beatrice Strickling was united in marriage to Thomas Harvey Johnson of Bonaparte at Keosauqua in March 1882. After a four year's residence in Keosauqua, where their two children were born, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson moved to West Point, Iowa, in 1886 going from there to the county seat of Lee county, at Ft. Madison in 1890, where Mr. Johnson practiced law, holding office as county attorney of Lee county at the time of his death twenty years ago this month.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Johnson and her son and daughter moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in December 1904, residing there until 1909, when she accompanied her daughter to Kansas City, Mo., and made her home with Mrs. Evans until the close of her life.

Deceased was overcome by a nervous and physical breakdown a few days after the death of her brother, J. C. Strickling, at Keosauqua, last March and although ministered to with loving care by her daughter and son-in-law, and visits from her sisters, she gradually lost strength and vitality, until the end came last Thursday night Sept. 23, at her daughter's home in Kansas City.

Mrs. Johnson had reached the alloted span of three score an 10 and the close of her life was the logical completion of the time allowed here on earth to prepare for that eternal home of peace and rest in realms beyond the skies.

Deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. F. Earl Evans, 3631 Jefferson St., Kansas City; one son, Wm. Harry Johnson, of Rock Port, Mo., who arrived from California last month to be at the bedside of his mother; two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Overman of Keosauqua and Mrs. Lena Stewart of St. Louis; and one brother, Wm. J. Strickling of Burlington, Iowa, who was unable to be present at the funeral owing to serious illness. There are four surviving grandchildren, Phillip and Richard Johnson and Geraldine and Jean Evans.

The interment was in the Bonaparte cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 27, by the side of her husband. A short funeral service being held at the J. A. Johnson home, Rev. Hedges of Keosauqua officiating.

Source: Newspaper unknown Meek scrapbook


 

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