Last Rites Held For Mrs. Thomas Skiles Thursday

Myrtle Garrett, daughter of Barry and Emma Pittenger Garrett, was born near Astoria, May 6, 1876 and departed this life at the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, March 24, 1930, aged 53 years, 10 months and 18 days.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Skiles, July 22, 1897 and to this union one child was born, Leland, of Adair, Ill.

Her entire life was spent near Astoria. About six weeks ago she took suddenly sick with hardening of the arteries and everything that human hands and science could do was done but to no avail and as Job said, the Lord had appointed her time and she could not pass.

While attending college at Abingdon, Ill., in 1894, she was converted while attending the Methodist church. November 16, 1924, she united with the Astoria U. B. church and was a loyal member of the Church Triumph. While living in the neighborhood of Oak Grove church, she was very active in the work. A teacher in the Sunday school and active in the work of the Women’s organization. She was also a member of the Rebekah lodge of Astoria.

She was a hard working woman and a true friend and neighbor. She numbered her friends by her acquaintances. A faithful wife, a loving mother and a loyal Christian. Indeed we can truly say a good woman has been called hence. But we believe our loss is heaven’s eternal gain.

She leaves to mourn her departure, the sorrow stricken husband and son, two grandchildren, Junior and Charlotte Joan Skiles; one sister, Mrs. Grace Lovel of Adair, one half sister, Mrs. Pearl McLaren of Bushnell, one aunt, Mrs. Nora Danner, of Panora, Iowa; three uncles, Abe Pittenger of Smithfield; Thomas Pittenger of El Reno, Okla.; and Charlie Pittenger of San Bernardino, Cal.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. Church in Astoria, Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, by the pastor, Rev. W. R. Seitzinger. The Rebekah Lodge followed with a short service with Rev. W. H. Day of the M. E. Church, in charge. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.

Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 4/2/1930

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Mrs. Thos. Skiles Died Monday In Peoria Hospital

Mrs. Thomas Skiles died early Monday morning in the St. Francis hospital in Peoria. She had been in failing health for the past two months and was taken a short time ago to the hospital for treatment.

She and her husband resided on a farm southeast of Summum. Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, Leland, of Adair.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the U. B. Church in Astoria, conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger. Interment in the Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 3/26/1930


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