Mrs. Johanna Katharine Ismay, a resident of Fulton since 1873, was called to her Heavenly Home, on Sunday. The body will lie in state at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earle Brown, of North Bluff Street until the time of service for the funeral at the Presbyterian Church.
Mrs Ismay was born in 1847, the daughter of Anna Margaret Mertins and William Adolphus Leers, in Germany. Mrs. Ismay's childhood and young womanhood was a most happy one, marred only by the untimely death of her mother when she was ten years of age.
In 1864, her father emigrated to the United States, bringing with him his family of three sons and two daughters. In 1869, Johanna was married to Andrew A. Maertz and to this union five children were born. Her first husband died in 1878 and her second marriage was to Ambrose Ismay in 1882. Four children were born to this union.
Ambrose opened the first firebrick yard in Fulton on Highway 54 North Smith's Branch. The factory was in business between 1894-1913.
Mrs Ismay was a woman of unusual qualities of heart and mind. She retained the gift of an extraordinarymemory to the end and was deep;y spiritual in nature.
Mrs. Johanna Ismay, 90, of Fulton, Missouri, died May 2, 1937 at her home.
Dr. Lloyd Hutchins prononced death caused by Abdominal Carcinoma contributed to by General Senility and Anemia, socondary. Informant was Mrs. Earl Brown, the deceased daughter, of Fulton.
Johanna was born February 2, 1847, in Germany, the daughter of William Adolphus and Margaret (Mertins) Leers. SHe was married twice, first to Andrew Martz and second to Ambrose Ismay, both preceeded her in death. Johanna was retired.
Arrangements were under the direction of Herndon-Taylor of Fulton. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetary.