Mrs. Litchfield Dies At Home

Death Occurred As Result Of Heart Attack; Funeral Tomorrow Afternoon

Mrs. Claressie Adelaide Litchfield, a resident of this community for more than seventy-six years, died suddenly Tuesday morning at her home in Astoria, death being due to a heart ailment.

Mrs. Litchfield was apparently in her usual health until stricken. She attended services at the United Brethren church Sunday and looked after her duties about the home on Monday. At two o'clock Tuesday morning she called her daughter, Miss Sabina, to her bedside. A physician was summoned immediately, but to no avail. She passed away at about three o'clock.

Mrs. Litchfield was born on April 30, 1861, west of Astoria, daughter of Thomas and Barbara E. Bryan. She was married to Manford T. Litchfield March 30, 1881. To this union were born six children, Frank E. Litchfield, Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. Bessie Ball, Peoria, Clarence A. Litchfield, Coal Valley, Ill., Miss Clara Sabina Litchfield at home, Millard Litchfield, Blandinsville, and Perry Dewey Litchfield, Macomb.

Besides the above named children she is survived by one brother, Christopher Alonzo Bryan of Browning, Ill.

For many years Mrs. Litchfield with her family lived on a farm west of Astoria. For forty years she was a member of the Pleasant Ridge church in the community in which she lived. Nineteen years ago with her husband, she moved to town and became an active member in the United Brethren church in Astoria. Her husband preceded her in death on August 29, 1929.

Mrs. Litchfield was a mother of unusual faithfulness, rearing her children with high ideals, and while her home kept her busy, yet she found ample time for her Lord's work. For many years she had been active in church work, serving on the board of stewards, both in the Astoria and Pleasant Ridge U. B. churches.

Mrs. Litchfield always tried to be of service to her neighbors and was always interested in community betterment. She possessed a noble Christian character and her untimely death is mourned by all her friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the U. B. church, conducted by Rev. I. E. Vanwey. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 1/26/1938

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