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Garver, Eliza A. (Peck) 1837 - 1898


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 11/9/2017 at 18:45:34

Iowa Plain Dealer June 10, 1898, FP, C3

Mrs. John Garver, mother of Mrs. Mary E. Farr died of apoplexy at her home in Decorah last Thursday aged 61 years past. She was in apparent health had spent the evening with the neighbors, her daughter being away. On her return about 9 o’clock she found her mother violently ill death coming in about fifteen minutes thereafter. Her husband was from home with his war views but returned and was at the funeral last Sunday at which all her children were present.
Transcriber’s Note: Phelps Cemetery records indicate her name was Eliza and was born Sept. 5, 1837 and that her maiden name was Peck.

Source: Decorah Republican June 9, 1898 P 1 C 5

The death, of Mrs. John Garver at her home. No. 1010 Mill street, Thursday evening, June 2d, was a sad and sudden call of the messenger of death.
Eliza A. Peck was born in West Chazy, Hinton Co., N. Y., Sept, 5th, 1837, being 50 years, 8 months and 27 days of age. She removed with her parents to Canada in her childhood. On January 6th, 1857, she was united in marriage to John Garver, of Sheldon, Vt. To this union were born four children, all of whom were present at their mother’s funeral. They are Dr. J. E. Garver, of Canton, S. D.; Ransom R. Garver, of New Hampton; Mrs. Mary E. Farr, of Cresco; and Miss Alice H. Garver of this city.
When about sixteen years of age, she united with the Wesleyan Methodist church, of Canada. After her marriage she transferred her membership to the M. E. church in Sheldon, Vt., in which communion she remained until death, a faithful and devoted follower of her Lord and Master.
Mrs. Garver was the youngest of six children, all of whom preceded her to the better land. She was a strong believer in the scriptural doctrine, that we shall recognize our kindred and friends in heaven. Those who know her best, prize her most; she was a choice spirit, “for in her heart was the law of kindness; her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband he praiseth her."
Mrs. Garver was intensely patriotic, for she willingly and without a murmur gave up her young husband when the country was calling for young men during the dark days of the civil war. She was an ardent lover of plants and flowers, and in writing to her daughter in Cresco recently, she said, “My bay window looks so beautiful; the blossoms seem like God’s messengers of love.” The cause of her death was apoplexy. About six o’clock, Thursday evening, her daughter Alice left home for a short time, returning at nine o'clock to find her mother lying prostrate on the floor. In about fifteen minutes after her daughter returned all was over and her spirit had gone to join her kindred in the better land. Her last words were, “Oh! I am so sick, Allie.”
Some seven years ago Mrs. Garver had a severe attack of la grippe, from the effects of which she never fully recovered, being a silent sufferer for years.
The funeral took place at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the M. E. church, Rev. L. L. Lockard officiating, assisted by Dr. H. H. Green, of Iowa Falls, and Rev. T. J. Elwick, of Plainfield. Her body was laid away on a beautiful slope, under the shade of the oaks in the Phelps Cemetery.

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