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Decatur County Journal

March 22, l900

ARTIMICIA WILLIS was born in White County, Illinois, on March 4th, l820,

and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M.J. Brown, in Delta,

Colorado, on March l2, l900. She was united in marriage to JOHN JORDAN

of White County, Illinois on November 29th, l836, who died on April

l4th, l864. To this union were born ten children, five boys and five

girls. In l837 she emigrated with her husband to Wayne County, Iowa;

then to Decatur County, Iowa in l850.

At the age of l4 she was soundly converted to God, and united with the

Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In the year of l85l, she was one of ten

persons, who organized the Methodist Episcopal Church, in her own home,

at Leon. (Cannot read the next sentence.)

For several years, her natural strength was abating. And a few weeks

before her death, she had premonitions of the end, and requested the

presence of her children. She was ready for the summons when the weary

wheels of life stood still; and was granted her request, not for longer

life, but for a peaceful and happy death. She was a mother in Israel,

with strong natural affections, and a beautiful Christian spirit. She

wore "The white flower of a blameless life." And she will be missed by

a host of admiring friends, who sorrow because they will see her face no



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