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Obituary ~ Mary A. (Bryan) Cesler
Septembe 23, 1837 ~ January 31, 1906

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
February 22, 1906

MARY A. BRYAN was born near New Holland, Ohio, Sept. 23, 1837, and departed this life Jan. 31, 1906, she being 68 years, 4 months and 8 days of age. She was united in marriage to MARTIN CESLER, Oct 4, 1855, who preceded her to the great beyond. She was converted a number of years ago but was not satisfied to unite with any church until she found the Missionary Baptist of which she was a faithful member for 22 years. She was also clerk of the church for a number of years until her health failed so she could not attend, which she regretted and often said if she could get well enough to go and help the church, but did not think she would. She had done all she could. It was truly said of her that she went about doing good. Was there anyone sick or in distress, she was always ready to lend a helping hand. She leaves three children and seven grandchildren to mourn the loss of a loving mother and grandmother. Her children are J.F. CESLER, of Leon; MRS. D.B. GUTHRIE, Bloomington, Neb.; and MRS. G.W. PRYOR, Leon.

Her funeral was preached from the 12th chapter of Hebrews selected by herself. The church has lost one of its most estimable members and efficient workers, and the family a devoted mother.

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert, September 15, 2001