|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1874|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1930|
Daughter of Rev. Charles T. & Elizabeth (Eckley) Phillips, 2nd wife of Rev. Charles J. Cheesman, m. Oct 19, 1898, Princeville.
MRS. C. J. CHEESMAN ANSWERS FINAL CALL
The entire Princeville community was thrown into untold grief last Friday nigh, when sad news came that Mrs. Charles J. Cheesman, one of it most beloved and highly esteemed matrons, had passed away at her home on South Walnut street. Mrs. Cheesman had been in ill health for several months. A week ago Sunday as she was preparing to go to church she complained of a serve pain, which grew steadily worse, making it impossible for her to attend services. Medical aid was summoned and she took to bed, from which she never arose. Thursday noon she suffered a chill and despite all that medical aid could do she grew steadily worse until the end, which came at 9:30 o'clock Friday night, death, being due to intestinal flu and complications.
In the passing of Mrs. Cheeseman the Princeville community has suffered an irreparable loss. She was the friend of all, ever willing to help in the upbuidling of her chosen community, and always had a pleasant smile and cheerful word for everyone. She took a very active part in the affairs of her church, the First Presbyterian, and served as an officer on various committees in the work of the church. During the World war, Mrs. Cheesman served as chairman of the Princeville branch of the American Red Cross, and largely through he efforts and management, the local branch rated as one of the best and most active Red Cross organizations in the state.
Mr. Cheeseman was a home loving woman, a loving wife and mother, and her every thought centered around her home and the happiness of her family. Her beautiful Christian life, which was unmarred by prejudice, was an inspiration to all who knew her and it can be truly said that the community in which she spent so many years has profited much by having had a woman of such sterling character and truly Christian traits it its mist. She will be sorely missed in the home, where she was loved devotedly, as well as in the community, in which she was so highly respected and revered.
Funeral serviced were held Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church, with Rev. A. B. Ryan, local pastor, in charge, assisted by Rev. John Acheson, of Princeton, a former pastor of the local church, and a warm friend of the deceased and her family. The esteem on which the people of the community held Mrs. Cheesman was shown in the large gathering which attended the services. Mrs. Cheesman's aged parents, Rev. and Mrs. C. T. Phillips of Palestine, Ill., were unable to be present at the funeral. Two brothers, Clarence of Palestine, Ill., and Thomas of Memphis ,Tenn., were present, as were also numerous other out-of-town relatives and friends, including a number of Presbyterian officers from Peoria. Interment was made in the Princeville cemetery.
Nellie Ethelind, daughter of C. T. and Nellie Phillips, was born Jan.21, 1874, at Trenton, Gibson county, Tennessee and answered the summons to come up higher, Jan. 31, 1930, aged 56 years and 10 days.
Her earlier life was spent in several places in Kansas and Illinois where her father held pastorates. She graduated from Belleville high school.
She came to Princeville with her parents when her father was called to the pastorate of the local Presbyterian church in 1897. She was married to C. J. Cheeseman Oct. 19, 1898 and has lived in Princeville every since.
She was united with the Presbyterian church at ten or eleven years of age at Belleville, Ill. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Daughters of G. A. R., Royal Neighbors, and chairman of the Red Cross during the World war, and was also the chairman of Christian education in the Presbyterial of Peoria the time of her death, and had she lived would have been offered the same position for the entire state
Mrs. Cheesman was a woman of sterling character and conviction. A daughter of the manse, she early learned to put "first things first." Nothing ever stood in the way of her church and advancement of Christ's kingdom. Her pew was seldom vacant morning or evening and the one who stood in the pulpit was always conscious of her prayers. She had been tested and was found true. She did her work so well here that the Lord has taken her away. Such a one as Mrs. Cheesman never dies. She lives on in all of us who have known her. Her children rise up and call her "blessed."
She is survived by her parents Rev. C. T. and Nellie Phillips of Palestine, Ill.; one sister, Mrs. F. W. Alexander of Gunnison, Colo.; four brothers, Thomas M., Charles and Ray of Memphis, Teen., and Clarence of Palestine, Ill.; her husband, two daughters, Mignonne and Elizabeth one son Carl, and a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.
Charles Torrey Phillips (1847 - 1939)
Elizabeth Ellen Eckley Phillips (1847 - 1930)
Charles J Cheesman (1864 - 1936)*
Carl Henry Cheesman (1899 - 1940)*
Nellie Elizabeth Cheesman (1904 - 1980)*
Princeville Township Cemetery
Plot: Div D, Row 8, Lot 8
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: John Melton
Record added: Jan 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23858504
Jeremy R. Abbott
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