Mrs. John Sullivan Answers Summons Funeral Monday

Rachel Sayers was born in Astoria township July 18, 1849 and departed this life at her home in Astoria, Saturday, aged 77 years, 3 months and 25 days.

She was united in marriage to John Sullivan, June 18, 1868 and for 57 years she walked faithfully by his side, sharing the joys and sorrows and struggles that came in the pioneer life, proving herself a real helpmate. To this union was born nine children, all of them growing to manhood and womanhood and live to mourn the departure of a loving mother. She was a great mother, always mindful of her children and was ever ready as much as lie in her power to make life worthwhile for them and they returned the love by doing all that loving hands could do to make her last hours easy and the crossing victorious. The children are: John, George, David, Thomas and Lemuel of Astoria, Ill., Fred of Adair, Ill., and Mrs. John Stambaugh, Mrs. Dorsa Lind and Mrs. Otis Lind of Astoria, Ill.

Mrs. Sullivan became a Christian when but a girl in her teens. She was converted and united with the U. B. church. The services at that time being held in a school house and later the Oak Grove church was built for a place of worship, where she held her membership until after moving to town, when she placed her membership in the United Brethren church where she was an honored member at death.

Mrs. Sullivan was very happy in her religious experience and it was her comfort in the last trying hours.

She leaves to mourn her departure the six sons, three daughters, thirteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother Lemuel Sayers of Ophir, Colo., three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Davis of Astoria, Mrs. Rosanna Sayers of Table Grove, Ill., and Mrs. Hannah J. Furnace of Vermont, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Her husband departed this life a little more than a year ago.

Funeral services were held at the United Brethren church in Astoria, Monday at 1:00 p.m., conducted by the pastor Rev. W. R. Seitzinger, assisted by Rev. E. F. Caslow, pastor of the Church of the Brethrne and interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Search Light on 11/17/1926


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