|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1851, Norway|
|Death: ||Apr. 25, 1938|
AGED MOTHER DIED IN MINNEAPOLIS SUNDAY
Sarah Hibbard Furtney was born July 4, 1851 in Bergen, Norway and came to America when she was 12 years of age. Family relatives located in the Moscow community where she grew to young womanhood. On March 29, 1873, she married Josiah Furtney who passed away March 3, 1903. Seven children were born to this couple, two sons, Joseph, the oldest son and Roy, the youngest son, preceding their mother in death.
The children living are Minnie Goodknight of Spokane, Wash., Harry Furtney, Phoenix, Arizona, Charlotte E. Williamson, Spokane, Wash., Ada Davis of Dickinson, N. Dak., Vera Parker of Burlingame, Calif. There are eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Mrs. Furtney was a member of the Methodist church of this city for many years and during her active years gave her best services to the work of the church. She was also a member of the Cedar Camp of Royal Neighbors, being one of the charter members, the organization being organized on October 25, 1895. With her husband they did much toward this organization founded to benefit the sick and distressed and the widows and orphans of members of the MWA, to which organization the Royal Neighbors were then auxiliary.
Mrs. Furtney, who had been allotted nearly 87 years of life, lived most of those years in Austin. She went about doing good and continued in this missionary endeavor so long as health and strength permitted. Quite some years ago she was obligated to give up her own home, too feeble to care for the needs. She then spent the time with her children She had been in Washington with the daughters. A year ago she spent many months with the youngest daughter, Vera, in California, then came east again and Austin being the home she never missed opportunity to spend much time here. She was in the home with her daughter-in-law, Dana Furtney Murphy and with the grandchildren whom she loved as her own children. Old friends, too, were an attraction here where she lived many years to see Austin grow from a small village to a thriving city. The Furtney home was just east of the Great Western tracks on Water street, occupying the site where the Municipal building has stood for many years, only relinquishing when the city needed more room for the Water and Light plant and for the new and commodious city business building.
Mrs. Furtney passed away Sunday evening at the home of a niece, Mrs. Dora Fisher, 604 16th Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, where she had been since in November. Two daughters, Mrs. Williamson and Mrs. Davis who have been with her many weeks, Mrs. Williamson and Mrs. Davis were with her when the end came. Mrs. Williamson came from the West last fall to remain with her mother during her illness which was attributed to her advanced years.
Austin Daily Herald
April 27, 1938, page 7
MRS. SARAH FURTNEY
Sarah Hibbard was born July 4, 1851 near Bergen, Norway, and died Sunday, April 24, 1938, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Charles Fisher in Minneapolis, Minn., at the age of 86 years, nine months and 20 days.
When 12 years of age she came with her parents to America and directly to Minnesota. For a short time they lived near Red Wing which they reached by boat and then moved to Mower county in and near Austin where she lived practically all her life.
On March 23, 1872, she was united in marriage to Josiah Furtney. This union was blessed by the birth of seven children.
Mrs. Furtney was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Austin and a faithful worker in the aid and Sunday school. In the Lord's house she was at home. She enjoyed much her Sunday school class and the Sunshine class and the fellowship meant a great deal to her. She was also a member of the local Royal Neighbors of America, Chapter 205 of Austin. Her chief interests were her home and her church. She was a kind and affectionate mother, a true friend, a great helper and dearly loved by all who knew her. Her life was marked by her devotion and her spirit of gratitude and consideration of others. She made plans for her departure and gave her farewells before going to her heavenly home.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1903 and by her two sons Joseph and Roy.
Mrs. Furtney is survived by her fours daughters: Mrs. Minnie Goodknight and Mrs. Charlotte E. Williamson of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Ada Davis of Dickinson, N.D. and Mrs. Vera Parker of Burlingame, Calif.; her son, Harry Furtney of Phoenix, Ariz.; her ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the Oakwood chapel in Austin this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock by the Reverend W.E. Shields. Interment was made beside her husband in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery.
Parents: Jakob and Randi Johannesdtr Hoidal
Provided by Dorothy Kunz
Jakob Olsen Hoidal (1801 - 1876)
Randi Johannesdtr Steine Hoidal (1813 - 1892)
Josiah Seyer Furtney (1849 - 1903)
George D. Detwiler (1842 - 1918)
Minnie Furtney Goodknight (1873 - 1950)*
Joseph Henry Furtney (1875 - 1919)*
Harry Manley Harrison Furtney (1877 - 1963)*
Charlotte Elizabeth Furtney Williamson (1880 - 1971)*
Roy Lou Furtney (1885 - 1923)*
Ada Myrtle Furtney Davis (1889 - 1984)*
Vera Gladys Furtney McArdell Parker (1893 - 1973)*
Note: Minnie Furtney Anderson Goodknight is buried at the foot of her mother's grave
Maintained by: Dorothy Peterson Kunz
Originally Created by: =Kathy=
Record added: Sep 28, 2007
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