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Guyer, Mae Estella (Fritz) 1887 - 1926


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 11/27/2018 at 11:58:12

Elkader Register, Thur., 11 Mar.. 1926.

Mrs. M. D. Guyer passed away at the family home in Boardman township, Friday evening, March 5th, after a short illness, at the age of 38 years, 4 months and 8 days.

Mae Estella, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fritz, was born in Highland township, October 27, 1887. There she spent her childhood days. From there she attended the public school, and having grown into young womanhood became a member of the Illyria church choir, thus using her splendid voice to glorify God, and as a means of giving comfort, cheer and blessings to her fellow men. Endowed with a spirit of unselfishness and service, yet unassuming in words and deeds, she soon became a favorite in the circle of companions.

On February 5, 1913, she was united in marriage with Malcolm D. Guyer, and the young couple went to housekeeping on the bride's father's farm in Highland township. Two children were born to this happy union, Lawrence and Eleanor Mae. Later the family moved on the Wagner farm, five miles northwest of Elkader, where they remained for about three years, when on March 1, 1925, they took up their residence on the Williamson farm, one mile out of Elkader, on the McGregor road. Here many new and true friends were soon added to the list of former friends.

The middle of February Mrs. Guyer left for Cedar Falls and Belle Plain, Iowa, for a visit with friends. At the latter place she contracted a severe cold. On Saturday, February 27th, she returned home to her loved ones. A doctor was called, and everything possible was done to check the effects of the cold which had settled in the lungs. As the patient was getting along nicely, there seemed to be no reason for grave concern over her condition, until on Thursday evening pneumonia set in, and only twenty-four hours later, Friday evening, March 5th, at 11:20 o'clock, the heart stopped functioning, and a loving wife and dear mother closed her eyes in the last sleep.

As such a sudden change had not been expected, it was surely a great shock to those nearest and dearest to her. It is indeed an inestimable loss to the husband, who will miss in the future the words of cheer and kind ministrations of a true love, and to the children who are yet so very much in need of the advice and guidance and care of a mother's love.

The departed will be greatly missed in the Sunday school and services of the Evangelical church at Elkader, as she has been a faithful member of the Bible class, and in regular attendance at the divine services. As a true Christian woman she was setting her affections on things above, and not on things on earth. Because of her Christian character and naturally kind disposition, she was loved and respected by all who were privileged to meet her, and many will be those who will sadly miss her in the days to come.

Besides the sorrowing husband and children, she leaves a nephew and niece, Leslie and Alta Yearous, of Arlington, Iowa; her parents and an only sister having preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 8th, at the late home and in the Illyria church, conducted by Rev. C. H. Franke, of Elkader. Interment was made in the Illyria cemetery.

The pall bearers were Fred and Ray Klingman, Henry Reichert, Perry, Myron and Max Medberry, cousins of the deceased.

(A card of thanks was signed Max Guyer and children.)


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