Obituary.

Lucy Adelia Hollister was born in Knox county, Ohio, Aug. 4th, 1822. Was converted at the age of fourteen at a camp meeting near Mount Vernon. She was the daughter of Isaac and Hannah Hollister. She was united in marriage to Jepthah Wilson, Feb. 20, 1840, at the home of her mother near Mount Vernon, Ohio. In Oct., 1846, they, with their three little children, emigrated to Fulton county, Ill., and located within a mile of her home where she spent the last twenty-nine years of her life. She had always lived within a few miles of her home in Illinois. Mrs. Wilson was one of a family of four children. All have preceded her. Her last sister died in Vermont, Ill., last January, at the age of ninety.

Thirteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson; six girls and seven boys. Mr. Wilson died Nov. 20, 1894. Three children preceded the father to the better land; one daughter, Mrs. Apama Hickle, following the father, died Oct. 26, 1900. There are forty-four grand children and fifty-nine great grand children living. The children living are: Lucretia Gay of Schuyler county; Quigley, of Paxton, Neb.; Mac, of Hiawatha, Kans.; Martha Argo, of Astoria; Mary Hott, of Colchester, Ill.; Amos of Astoria; Adella, of Astoria; Lincoln of Woodland township; and Poe of Astoria. All the children are married but Adella. She made her home with her mother until her death and took care of her. Mrs. Wilson was an active worker in church and Sunday School until her health prevented. At the time of her death she was eighty-nine years, 3 months and four days of age. All the children with the exception of Mac, were at her bed side when she passed away.

The son, Mac, arrived from Kansas, Thursday morning and attended the funeral with all of the other members of the family, Thursday afternoon, November 9. The funeral services were held at the Salem Methodist Episcopal church at 2:30 in the afternoon. The Salem church is three and one-half miles west of Astoria, near the Wilson homestead. The deceased had been a member of the Salem society for many years.

Mrs. Wilson was not a well known woman because of her long life in the community; but she was well known and much loved because of the useful and eventful life that she lived. She was always held in high esteem by all because of her excellent traits of Christian character. The largely attended funeral gave evidence that she had many friends and that those who mourn her departure have friends by the hundreds that sympathize with them because of their bereavement. The following lines written by her grandson, Jay Wilson, express the sentiment of the members of the family toward the noble woman that has said farewell to her earthly friends.

Now that grandmother has gone to heaven,
Oh! we miss her tender care
Still we know that she's with Jesus
On that glorious throne above.

The old homestead is so lonely,
For a place is vacant there,
But we know she's in heaven
With the Angels hovering near.

Oh, we're all here so lonely,
Thinking of the dear one who's gone,
May we lead a better future
To meet her beyond.

Ah! we'll miss her tender greeting
As the days roll by,
May this bring our hearts much nearer,
To Him on high.

The funeral was under the direction of Rev. C. M. Wilson of Astoria assisted by Rev. W. B. Theobald.

Appropriate hymns were sung by the members of the Salem congregation. Rev. Theobald sang two impressive and beautiful solos.

Burial took place in the Salem cemetery near the church.

Six grandsons of the deceased acted as pall bearers.

Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 11/9/1911 (pending) and 11/16/1911

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