The Bedford Times-Press Thursday, January 16, 1936 page eight
Mrs. A. J. Abarr, 51, wife of Dr. A. J. Abarr of Clearfield, died in a Creston hospital Sunday morning, January 5.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Clearfield Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. C. Henn. Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.
Bessie Lillian, daughter of Reuben and Esther (nee Walker) Harris, was born in Wayne County, Iowa, near Allerton September 16, 1884.
She was married to Dr. Alvin John Abarr, March 17, 1907. To them were born three children, Ardath [Dale], Helen Gertrude and Leland Harris, who with their father are left to mourn her loss. Besides her own children she leaves a niece, Alice Ann Gallagher, who has been a member of the home for the past ten years. She leaves one sister, Mrs. William Nelson of Jefferson, Iowa; three brothers, W. H. Harris of Letcher, S. Dak.; and Dr. Harvey Harris of Lineville, Iowa. She also leaves four grandchildren.
At an early age she united with the Christian Church at Walnut, Iowa, later affiliating with the Methodist church at Diagonal, during her residence of five years there. Since 1912 her church membership has been in the Methodist church at Clearfield, where she has been a willing and faithful worker. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lenox Time Table Thursday, January 23, 1936
Bessie Lillian Abarr, daughter of Reuben and Esther Harris, was born in Wayne county, Iowa, near Allerton, Iowa, Sept. 6, 1884, and died at the Greater Community hospital in Creston, Iowa, Jan. 12, 1936.
She was married to Alvin J. Abarr on March 17, 1907. To them were born three children, Ardath, Helen and Leland, who with their father, survive her.
Besides her own children she leaves a niece, Alice Ann Gallagher, who has been a member of the home for the past ten years. She leaves one sister, Mrs. William Nelson of Jefferson, Iowa; three brothers, W. H. Harris of Meade, Kansas; P. A. Harris of Letcher, S. Dak.; and Dr. Harvey Harris of Linesville, Iowa. She also leaves four grandchildren.
At an early age she united with the Christian church at Walnut, Iowa, later affiliating with the Methodist church at Diagonal, Iowa, during her residence of five years there. Since 1912 her membership has been in the Methodist church at Clearfield, where she has been a faithful worker.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Tuesday, and the church was filled to capacity. Pastor Henn spoke from the words in the 21st Psalm. A mixed quartet sang: Misses Helen Barrans and Mary Swan, E. C. Heaton and Donald Green.
The flowers were wonderful in variety and beauty. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery.
Those attending the funeral of Mrs. Abarr from a distance were: C. E. Abarr, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Abarr and daughter Florence Olive; Dr. and Mrs. Shoemaker; Mrs. W. H. McFarland; Mrs. Harley Stephens and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Poore, all of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; Supt. and Mrs. Hepley; Beulah Johnson; Mrs. Herman Beemer; Dr. F. A. Hines and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Parker, all of Gravity, Iowa.
Mrs. Harry Horricks of Mystic Iowa; Mrs. Effie Holland, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Abarr and son William, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Parker,James Arneal and daughter Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Wright and daughter Alice Bell and Mr. and Mrs. Flavel Maloy, all of Redding.
Dr. and Mrs. Jackson of Kellerton, Dr. McElroy of Lamoni; Dr. and Mrs. D. D. Abarr and Francis Stanley, Rev. Warrior Mrs. Pearl Bowen and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bush all of Blockton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith of Danbury, Mo.; W. A. Poore, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Poore, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Poore, all of Beaconsfield, Iowa.
Dr. and Mrs. T. L. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Carlton and daughter Pauline and Mrs Harry Aitken, all of Bedford; Mrs. Cora Abbott and daughter Dorothy, Ila Bales and Dr. and Mrs. Keith all of New Market. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson of Hancock, Iowa; Mrs. J. A. Griffith of Council Bluffs, Iowa; L. W. Gallagher and son Vinton; Mrs. Eunice Butcher and Miss Inez Ricker of Des Moines.
Miss Bessie Abarr of Patterson, Iowa; Dr. and Mrs. Teale of Prescott, Iowa; Dr. and Mrs. Senior, Dr. and Mrs. George Wessels of Creston; Dr. Le Wilcox and Mr. and Mrs. Eva Brannon of Lenox; Mrs. Clarence Ethington, Mr and Mrs John Varner, Mr and Mrs Gene Woods, Adam Woods, Mrs. Boyd Ethington all of Diagonal and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Abarr and family of Albany, Mo.