|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1818, England|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1904|
Ann Wells was born in England, Oct. 16, 1818; died in Naperville, Ill., Aug. 20, 1904, being in the eighty-sixth year of her age.
On June 14, 1847, she was married to John Ashling and three years later with her husband she came to America and settled on a farm near Naperville.
In the year 1868 Mr. Ashling died.
In 1874 she was married to Mr. Reuben Challand, who died in January, 1903, since which time Mrs. Challand has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Wallace E. Jones.
While yet a girl of fourteen years of age Mrs. Challand was converted, and for nearly seventy-two years she has enjoyed the fellowship of her Saviour. As the feebleness naturally attendant upon advancing years and approaching dissolution came upon her she assured her pastor and other friends of her continued trust in Christ, who had saved her while yet a girl and had kept her through all the years since that time.
Mrs. Challand was a woman of strong character and lofty purposes. Her earnest desires for the things that are true and pure and lovely was always marked.
Her tender appeals to her dear ones to serve her Saviour were the outgoings of a true Christian mother.
Mrs. Challand united with the Methodist church in early life and was never happier than when engaged in worshipping her Saviour with God's people. Soon after taking up residence in Naperville she united with the Naperville M. E. Church for the first M. E. Church in Aurora.
The last time she was privileged to attend the public service was the first sabbath of July, when she partook of the communion.
As the end drew near and kind friends expressed the wish for her recovery she replied that it was well for her if the Lord wished to take her, she was ready to go.
A day or two before her death she seemed unusually clear in mind and after reading from the Bible she talked freely with her loved ones in regard to plans for her funeral, the hymns to be used and when all her plans had been made known she passed into that unconscious state that ended in the passing of her spirit to her heavenly Father.
A daughter, Mrs. W. E. Jones, and a son, Mr. William Ashling, the two surviving children of four born to her; eight grand children and many friends, mourn her departure, but their loss is her eternal gain.
The funeral services were conducted Monday by her pastor tin the M. E. church, and the interment took place in the Big Woods cemetery.
Relatives of the departed mother desire to express thanks to friends and neighbors for the expression of their sympathy and deeds of kindness during their late bereavement.
The Naperville Clarion
August 24, 1904
John Ashling (1819 - 1868)
Big Woods Cemetery
Created by: Timothy Ory
Record added: Jun 10, 2009
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