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Willett, Olinda C. (Kellogg) 1827 – 1900


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 5/26/2020 at 13:25:52

Source: Decorah Republican Apr. 5, 1900 P 2 C 3

Mrs. George R. Willett, another old settler, passed to her rest yesterday afternoon at about six o’clock, after a brief Illness.
Olinda C. Kellogg was born at Champlain, N. Y ., in October, 1827, and was therefore in her 73d year. In 1848 she married the late Judge Willett, and in 1857 came with him to make a home In Decorah. Her history for these forty-three years was that of her husband written in full for his obituary only a little over one year ago. Her sphere was her home, of which she was ever the very heart and center. Into it there came six children of these there was only one daughter, who died In Infancy. The five sons grew to manhood, and four of them will gather around her bier to pay a tribute to her memory that is all summed up in the statement that hers was a perfect motherhood. Next to home her church was the object of tenderest regard. It was the outward symbol of her deep-abiding inner faith. That two of her sons were in the service of her Master was an answer to prayers that was unceasing for all her children.
Frail in body, but possessed of indomitable energy, she accomplished more in labor and service than falls to most home-keepers, and she wore out; rust never gathered about her. Her last illness was only of a few days’ duration, and not until within forty-eight hours was it realized that her summons had come. She was prepared and ready. If not she, who can be?

Transcriber’s Note: Her gravestone in Phelps Cemetery shows she was born in 1826.

Phelps Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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