Mrs. Mary Hess Dies Following Long Illness

Mrs. Mary Ann Hess, a life long resident of the community in which she spent her last days, died at her home five miles west of Astoria Sunday morning, following a long illness. She had been an invalid for the past fourteen years, the past six months she was bedfast. She was aged 86 years and 8 days.

Mrs. Hess was born August 16, 1861 on the farm now occupied by her son, Ralph Hess, a daughter of Jackson and Nancy Gruell-Brown. In 1885 she was united in marriage to Henry Hess and to that union four children were born, three of whom survive: Ralph Hess of Astoria, Mrs. Maude Combs of Macomb and Mrs. Fay Jones of Bushnell, also six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hess came from a family of twelve children. Those surviving are: Mrs. Annie Cook and Mrs. Racheal Billingsley, both of Astoria. Mr. Hess preceded her in death three years ago.

Mrs. Hess' life has been one of service to her home and family. She was never so happy as when her friends and relatives were gathered around her.

Funeral services were held at the Cline Horton home on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. H. A. Edwards, pastor of the Astoria E. U. B. church. Burial was in the family lot in the Oak Grove cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 8/27/1947


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