submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007


Mrs. Mary Ann Eichelberger died Saturday, August 24th, at her home on High Prairie, where she had resided for forty-five years. Her maiden name was Ebersole. She was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, August 6th, 1823, and consequently attained the age of 72 years and 18 days. She was left motherless at the age of two years, and was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Sheeley, who came to Iowa about sixty years ago. At the age of twenty-three she was united in marriage to Mr. Levi Eichelberger, and had they lived together until October 27, 1896, they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary to which many were looking forward with bright anticipations.

This union was blessed with thirteen children, eight daughters and five sons. All but two survive her, these having died in their youth. Her husband, who also survives her, is apparently in the best of health and is 73 years old. The children living are Mrs. Galena Idle, of Letts; Mr. Clay Eichelberger, of Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Henrietta Cecil, of Coneville; Mr. Frank Eichelberger, of Muscatine; Mrs. Priscilla Hoffmyer, of Sioux City; Mr. Winfield Eichelberger, Perry, Ia.; Mrs. Myra Fullmer, of Burlington, Col.; Mrs. Allie Watts, Mrs. Lillie Hoffmyer, Mrs. Irene Lake, and Mr. Elmer Eichelberger, of Muscatine Co. Mrs. Eichelberger was the mother of thirteen children, twenty-five grandchildren and one great grand-child. All the grand-children are living.

She had a complication of diseases, to which she succumbed after a hard struggle, having borne it all with great patience, never murmuring, saying her trust was in the Lord who had so often been her help and strength. She said He was a friend she could trust and if it was his will that she should go it was all right with her. This triumph in the hour of death was a great consolidation to the sorrowing family who had cared and watched very carefully over her during her sickness. The loving and tender hands of ten children, besides her husband attended her.

The funeral took place at St. Johnís church at High Prairie, Revs. Parvin and Cunningham conducted the services. She choir, under the leadership of Mrs. I. Legler, rendered some very touching music. The casket was covered with floral designs that were lovely and beautiful, the gifts of friends. The interment was at Letts. A large concourse of relatives and friends assembled at the church at 1 p.m. and followed the remains to the cemetery at four.

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