Mrs. Wherley Dies Following Long Illness

Funeral Services Held Yesterday Afternoon; Burial In Woodland Cemetery

Mrs. Arthur Wherley passed away Sunday afternoon following a long illness, aged 49 years, 2 months and 6 days.

Nellie Ruth Wherley, daughter of John A. and Sarah King Ruth, was born in Pleasant township, near Table Grove, on Nov. 6, 1891. She was one of a family of twelve children. When just a small child, her parents moved into the Astoria community where she spent the remainder of her life.

She accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized Oct. 21, 1906, united with the Woodland Church of the Brethren. On May 24, 1924, she transferred her membership to the Astoria congregation, having moved to Astoria. In this faith she continued faithful until death.

On Dec. 7, 1911, she was married to Arthur Wherley. To this union a son and a daughter were born. The son, Ruthford, preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 1918. The daughter, Grace Marie, survives, and lives in Chicago.

Besides her companion and daughter who deeply mourn her going, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Anna Myers of Outlook, Wash.; Maggie Miller, of near Summum; George Ruth, of Astoria, John Ruth of Canton, and Harve Ruth of Dekalb; also thirty-seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, in the Astoria Church of the Brethren, conducted by her pastor, Eld. Lester E. Fike. Mrs. Ethel Gibson and Mrs. Murle Gain sang, with Mrs. C. C. McHugh presiding at the piano. Flower girls were: Mrs. Harriet Danner, Mrs. Elizabeth Howard, Mrs. Norma Lee Warner and the Misses Vivian Cooper, Frances and Ruth Miller. Pallbearers were Roy Danner, David Cooper, J. A. Moul, Henry Lehman, Dorsie Lind and Ghlee Clark. The body was laid to rest in the Woodland cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 1/15/1941

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