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Margaret (Smith) Creal
August 19. 1819 ~ February 14, 1899

Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, March 02, 1899

MARGARET (SMITH) CREAL was born in the state of Kentucky, August 19, 1819, and died at the home of her son, O.E. CREAL, in Decatur City, Iowa, February 14, 1899, aged 79 years, 6 months and 25 days. Her first move was from Kentucky to the state of Indiana where she was united in marriage to GEO. W. CREAL. In 1839, they moved to this state and settled in Muscatine County where they remained for the space of 20 years. From there they moved to West Point in Lee County. After four years residence there, they came to this county where they both remained until death.

To this union five children were born, three daughters and two sons, two only of whom are left to mourn the loss of a Christian mother. The two children living are MRS. MARTHA E. ISRAEL and OSCAR B. CREAL. Her companion, GEO. W. CREAL, was taken October 26, 1899, leaving behind his testimony, "All is well."

In her death, the community recognizes the loss of one of its oldest and most respected citizens, the church one of its most faithful workers and examples of Christian pity, and the family mourn the loss of a kind and patient Christian mother. In her sickness she endured the pain with Christian fortitude, anxiously looking for the time of her release that she might enter into the rest of the children of God.

Funeral services were conducted at the home, February 15, and the remains were laid to rest in the Decatur City Cemetery. The services were conducted in conformity with the request of the deceased.

The family desire to thank the friends for the comfort and assistance rendered in this, their time of affliction.

~ REV. E.C. NEWLAND.

Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter"
June 16, 2001