Dorothy Wakefield

IPAVA — The remains of Mrs. L. L. Wakefield were brought here on Thursday last from Kansas City, where she had been visiting. Her remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband who died only a little over a year ago.

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Dorothy Gest Wakefield, widow of the late Dr. L. L. Wakefield, who formerly lived in Summum, Fulton county, Ill., died of heart trouble at the home of her daughter, Adelaide W. Boyer, 3001 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City, Mo., on April 21st at 8:30 o’clock a.m. in her 70th year.

She has been in poor health for a number of years and endured all of her suffering in the same sweet and gentle spirit of submission that was characteristic of her whole life.

Dorothy Gest was born in New Jersey, Nov. 6th, 1833. Her parents moved to Illinois when she was quite young and settled in Jacksonville, afterwards moving to Bath, Mason county, where her father engaged in business.

In the Gest family there were five children, Mrs. Hamilton of Jacksonville, being the only surviving one.

The other sisters of the deceased were Mrs. Julia Gattin, of Canton, S. Dak., Mrs. Capt. Rice, of Havana, Ill., and Mrs. Fullerton, of Bath, Ill., all of whom departed this life within the past year.

Dr. Lucius L. Wakefield and Dorothy Gest were married in Havana, Ill., Oct. 16, 1861. Four children were born to them. One died in infancy. Adelaide W., now Mrs. S. A. Boyer, of Kansas City, Mo., Gay L., now Mrs. W. H. Boyer, of Lewistown, Ill., Ruth, now Mrs. G. G. Denslow, of Kansas City, Mo., are her surviving children, all of whom were with her during the last days of her illness.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dr. S. J. Heaton, pastor of the Arlington M. E. church, who paid a beautiful tribute to the departed when he spoke of her having lived such a full, rounded life in the allotted three score years and ten as expressed in the text, Job 5, 26: “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age like as a shock of corn cometh in its season.”

The selections of music were very fitting and comforting: “Asleep in Jesus,” “The Home of the Soul.” Miss Gertrude Graham sang, “Some time we’ll understand.”

It can be truly said that the departed was a good and noble woman, a faithful wife and a kind and loving mother, being loved and respected by all who knew her.

The remains were brought to Ipava, Ill., being placed beside those of her husband.

Published in the Astoria Search Light on 4/30/1903


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