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Melvina Eliza Hill Deal
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Birth: Jun. 11, 1825
Augusta County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1917
Gibson City
Ford County
Illinois, USA

Mrs. M. E. Deal, a pioneer resident of Gibson City, died early on Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. V. Lowry, after a short illness with pneumonia. She was one of the oldest residents of Central Illinois, being in her 93d year. The funeral was held at the home this (Thursday) afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, the services being in charge of Rev. J. L. Settles, pastor of the M. E. Church, assisted by Rev. C. J. Robertson, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was in, the Gibson cemetery.

Malvina Eliza Hill was born at Staunton, Virginia June 14, 1825. She came of distinguished Virginian stock, her father, Reuben D. Hill: being an attorney prominent in the affairs of his state, and her mother, Elizabeth Rankin, was one of the trustees of the Mt. Vernon estate. Her father's country estate adjoined that of the grandfather of President Woodrow Wilson. She was educated at Augusta Seminary, graduating in 1843.

Nov. 17, 1846, she was married to John A. Deal, also a Virginian, and the young couple settled down to housekeeping in their native state, where they lived for eight years when they came West to McLean county, Illinois, which was their home for 18 years. Mr. Deal was a farmer, and engaged in this occupation at a number of points in the county. In 1872 the family moved to a farm just north of Gibson City, known as the Mellinger farm where Mr. Deal died in 1875. Mrs. Deal then moved, to Gibson City with her two youngest daughters, and since that time had been a resident of the city. For the past twenty-five years she had made her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. C. E. Lowry.

She united with the Methodist church in early life and remained a faithful, consistent member of that church up to the time of her death, although for many years she had been unable to attend any of the services of the church. She was a charter member of the Gibson W. C. T. U.

She was the mother of eight children, five of whom survive, as follows: J. W. Deal of Newton, Iowa; Mrs. Leonard Jarrett of Sutton, Nebraska; Mrs. O. P. King of Highmore, South Dakota; Mrs. D. W. Moffatt of Waco, Texas, and Mrs. C. B. Lowry of this city. One son, Harry L. Deal and two daughters, Mrs. M. L. Lewis and Mrs. C. C. Oliver, preceded their mother in death. All of the sons and daughters have been residents of Gibson City or the immediate vicinity. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Of her own family she is the last of six children, two brothers and three sisters having preceded her in death.

Mrs. Deal as blessed with a strong constitution and a vigorous mentality, which sustained her through a life of unusual length and activity. While enfeebled with her advancing years, she retained a remarkable vitality. She was a wide reader, and up to the past year or two kept abreast with the times, at the same time maintaining a regular correspondence with her widely scattered family. She was a daily reader of the Bible until just a few months ago, deriving from the Scriptures that divine comfort that sustains the aged after physical existence come has become a burden. Only last year she spent the summer with her daughter in Oklahoma, making the long trip without great discomfort. For several months she had been failing rapidly, and last week she suffered an attack of pneumonia, which she was unable to survive. She passed away early on Christmas morning, at the age of 92 years, 6 months and 14 days.

Those from out of town present at he funeral were: J. W. Deal of Newton, Iowa; Mrs. O. P. King of Highmore, So. Dak.; Mrs. Harry L. Deal and daughter, Mamie of Bloomington; Mrs. D. W. Ross of Chicago; Dr. J. W. Crigler, Mrs. Effie Worley and Miss June Hester of Normal; Dr. J. M. Crigler and daughters; Mrs. Maude Crigler Anderson and Mrs. J. W. Gresham, of Saybrook.

Gibson Courier Thursday Dec. 27, 1917
Family links: 
  John A. Deal (1826 - 1875)
  Emma S. Deal Lewis (1848 - 1909)*
  Nora Ellen Deal Jarrett (1850 - 1936)*
  John Wesley Deal (1852 - 1929)*
  Harry L. Deal (1856 - 1916)*
  Kathryn Deal Lowry (1869 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Drummer Township Cemetery
Gibson City
Ford County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Marlin Diehl
Record added: Oct 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99671277


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