Mahala McKinley Enters Into Rest Funeral Wednesday

Mahala Kerran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Kerran, was born in Logan Co., Ill., March 2, 1832 and departed this life at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. Laura McLean, of Woodland township, Nov. 28, 1927, aged 95 years, 8 months and 26 days.

She was united in marriage to Calvin McKinley of Woodland township in the year 1847 and to this union was born nine children: John S. McKinley, of Easton, Ill., Charles of Philadelphia, Pa., William F., of Galesburg, Ill., Joseph and Henry of Astoria and Mrs. Mahala Prather and Mrs. Rebecca Markley of Astoria; Nancy E. Fackler and Cordelia Benett preceded her in death.

Early in life she with her husband were converted in the old log school house known as the McKinley school house and united with the United Brethren church to which both lived faithful to the end. Her delight was in her Bible and the Christ of her Bible, striving to bring her children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In her earlier life she took a great interest in the cause of the church and died in the triumphs of a living faith. Giving a farewell message to the loved one admonishing them to live right, read the Bible and meet the loved ones in Heaven. About a week before going she seemed to get a glimpse of the heavenly land, seeing the heavenly beings about the gates. Surely she shall hear the “Come ye blessed after almost a century of useful life.”

She leaves to mourn her departure the seven above named children, 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, by the pastor, Rev. W. E. Seitzinger and the body laid to rest in the Astoria mausoleum.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 12/7/1927

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