Aged Lady Dies Friday Following Long Illness

Mrs. Preston Prather died at her home in Astoria Friday following an illness of a long duration. She was aged 71 years, 1 month and 14 days.

Helen Augusta Hughes was born in Woodland township, Fulton county, Illinois, Sept. 14, 1856. She was married Sept. 9, 1879 to Preston Prather. To this union were born six children, four of whom survive to mourn her death: Mrs. Lem Davis, Mrs. George Hartley, Mrs. Jay Wilson and Orley Prather, all of Astoria. The deceased are: Mrs. Hallie Smith and Mrs. Bessie Thomas.

Mrs. Prather was converted on March 2, 1896 and united with the United Brethren church in Astoria. She lived a true Christian life and delighted in religious devotion. She was regular in attendance as long as her health would permit. She always delighted to have her pastor call and talk and pray with her and often opened her home for the church to come in and hold prayer-meeting. In her last hours she spoke of her going over to be with the other girls. The memory of her good life will be enshrined in the hearts of her loved ones and her many friends.

She lived her entire life in and near Astoria. For about 18 years she has been afflicted and for about 10 years she has been practically an invalid, yet she was very courageous putting forth a noble effort to defeat the disease that was preying upon her delicate body.

She leaves to mourn her going, the husband, the four above named children, twelve grandchildren, one brother Julius E. Hughes of Macomb, Ill., one sister Susie A. Hughes of Jacksonville, Ill., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. church Sunday at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger, the pastor, assisted by Rev. E. M. Pierson and interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 11/2/1927

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