MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 460
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
IN HER 81ST YEAR
There died at her residence on Fifth street in this city, at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, April 7, 1898, MRS. SUSAN G. JUNKIN, in the 81st year of her age. Susan Guss was born in Perry county, Pa., July 20, 1816. She was converted to a Methodist meeting when nine years of age, and was a member of the M. E. church more than seventy-two years. She was married when 18 years old to Judge John Junkin. They lived in Perry county, till the autumn of 1854, when they came with the tide of emigration, then turning westward to Iowa, and settled on a large farm five miles from West Liberty. There Mrs. Junkin toiled and did her part toward making the “solitary place glad” and there helped the organization of influences that were for righteousness in that town and community. For 13 years she was a devoted member of the Methodist church in West Liberty. In 1867, two years after the death of her husband, she removed to Muscatine, where, excepting a brief stay in California and Washington, she lived till her summons to her heavenly home.
She was interested in the advancement of women everywhere. Therefore she became a member of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, and had a part in the first public program in Muscatine by that organization. She became a life long worker for the cause of temperance, and was a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union until strength failed her. She was the mother of seven children, five daughters and two sons. Six have passed to the other shore, leaving one daughter, Miss Alice, who has lived to be the companion and tender, devoted care taker in these her last weary years. Thirteen grandchildren are living, and of the third generation, one little great-grandchild, Marian Tracy.
“He giveth his beloved sleep,” and as she followed Christ, so may we.
Funeral services will be held at the house, 205 West Fifth street, at 3 o’clock this afternoon. The remains will be taken to West Liberty for interment. Funeral services will be held there. Friends leave here at 5 o’clock a. m., Saturday, with the remains.
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