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Josephine M. Wilcox (1848-1913)

WILCOX

Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 2/5/2021 at 18:28:53

Josephine M. Wilcox
(January 22, 1848 – January 14, 1913)

Griswold American, Griswold, Iowa, Thurs., Jan 23, 1913, p.1
Death Calls Mrs. Wilcox
Never Recovered from her Illness. Funeral Friday Last.
After an illness of almost a year’s duration, Mrs. Josephine Wilcox, widow of the late Hamilton Wilcox, passed away at Battle Creek, Michigan as told in the columns last week. She had been ill and for a time was under the care of a trained nurse. As she grew stronger and her condition was such that she was able to travel, her physician advised that she go to the sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan, where she could receive special treatment. It was a remarkable decree of fate that neither Mr. Wilcox nor his wife died at home. He had gone to the west to look after his ranching interests and was stricken while there. The shock that she received was more than she could stand and after his death Mrs. Wilcox was very ill. Mrs. Wilcox was accompanied by her daughter, Miss Gertrude, who ministered to her every want while in Michigan. After the death of Mr. Wilcox, the widow succeeded him in his interests in the Griswold National Bank. Nothing was changed and with the exception of the election of James Boiler as president, the bank continued as it has been for a number of years. It is the supposition that nothing will be changed with the death of Mrs. Wilcox as the daughter cannot put the interests into better hands than it is now.
The funeral services were held in the Union Church Friday afternoon at 2:30, being conducted by Rev. Charles Luck, her pastor and Rev. T. A. Ambler, of Storm Lake, who for a number of years was her pastor in Griswold. The church was filled with sorrowing friends who wished to pay a last tribute to a departed friend. The singing was by a double quartet, who rendered a number of beautiful selections. There was a profusion of flowers from friends and [middle crease in page is illegible]
Mrs. Josephine M. Kirley was born at Watson, Lewis County, New York, January 22, 1848. She was united in marriage to Hamilton Wilcox at Lowville, New York, on October 24, 1876. Of this union one child, Gertrude, was born who, with two sisters of the deceased, who reside in New York, survive. Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox came to Iowa and located at Griswold early in the year of 1880 where they have resided ever since. Mr. Wilcox passed to his rest October 21, 1912. Mrs. Wilcox united with the Episcopal church early in life and remained as a member until about three years ago when she, with her husband, united with the Union church of Griswold. She died in the Sanitarium at Battle Creek, Michigan, January 14, 1913, age 64 years, 11 months and 22 days. The leading traits of her character were: kindness, gentleness, modesty. She was a faithful wife, a good mother, and a valued church member, a useful member in society, and in every way an excellent citizen of this community. Her death has left a great chasm in the home, the church, the social circle, but we bow in humble resignation to the work of Him who doeth all things well. May the all loving Father comfort the hearts of the daughter and friends who are left lonely by her absence.


 

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