Margaret Smith

Mrs. Margaret Smith, an aged lady living in the west part of town, died last Thursday and the funeral occurred Friday conducted by Rev. Madden, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 12/21/1893

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Margaret McClelland was born in March 1822 in Jefferson county, Ohio. When ten years of age she came with her parents to Illinois. In 1839, in the month of May, she was united in marriage to John Smith, with whom she lived until four years since when he preceded her into the beautiful beyond. Of the children born of this union, five mourn mother’s departure. Nathional lives at Moccasin Effingham county; Mrs. Sarah Adams, of Peoria; Mrs. Belle McLaren, Dunfermline; Mrs. Hannah Keller and Mrs. Emily Diamond, both of Astoria.

Grandma Smith united with the Methodist church in her girlhood and lost her membership by moving, but joined the church at Astoria during the pastorate of Rev. W. A. Wanless. Detained by feebleness from sanctuary privileges, she retained her faith in God and found his love precious when other helps could not sustain her. She passed away from this life Thursday morning December 14th, 1893. The funeral services were held at the residence of her son-in-law, James Diamond, Saturday, and the remains laid to rest in the Astoria cemetery. “Here we have no continuing city but we seek one to come,” into whose beauty, fellowship and society sister Smith has entered. — F. B. M.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 12/28/1893

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