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Mary Alice Kirk Cleary
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Birth: Sep. 4, 1868
Logan County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1908
Ford County
Illinois, USA



A sad death occured near Ludlow last Saturday when Mrs. Mary Alice Cleary was called from the tolls and trials of this life. The death of the deceased is doubly sad inasmuch as it occured in a very peculiar manner and the hour of her death is not known. On Friday afternoon Mrs. Cleary was taken ill and about 8 o'clock Saturday morning went into a trance from which she never awakened.

Mary Alice Kirk was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James (Alice McKevitt) Kirk and was born near Atlanta, Illinois, September 4, 1868, being at the time of her death 39 years, 6 months and 14 days old. The family moved from their home at Atlanta to Farmer City and later removed to the community of Ludlow where they have resided for the past twenty-five years. She was married to James Cleary at Paxton on January 31, 1895. To this union were born four children, all of whom with the sorrowing husband, mourn the death of a good wife and a kind mother. The children are Alice, Agnes, Paul, and Florence. Mrs. James (Alice McKevitt) Kirk, mother of the deceased, was called by the death angel January, 1903. Besides the husband and children, the aged father, James Kirk, and the following brothers and sister are the immediate surviving relatives; Thomas, James, Mike, Hugh and Catherine of Ludlow; Owen, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and William of Chicago.

The funeral services were conducted from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Ludlow on Monday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev P. H Durkin, officiating. Internment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at Rantoul.

The pall bearers were James McCabe, Dan Deany, William and Steve Evans, Peter Hopt and John Blair.

The deceased was raised in the Catholic faith and had always been active in doing what she could to help any religious cause among those with whom she was associated. The large funeral cortege which followed the remains to its last resting place was a living testimony of the high esteem in which whe was held by those who knew her. A good helpmate will be missed by the husband and the children will mourn the loss of a loving mother; while neighbors and friends will realize that they have had one taken from their midst who was ever ready to do what she could in time of need or sickness.

Among thos who attended the funeral from a distance were Mr. And Mrs. B. McNally, Mt Pulaski; Miss Julia McKevitt, Lincoln; Mrs. Hugh McKevitt and Tom McKevitt, Atlanta; William Woods and mother, of Champaign; William Kirk, of Chicago; Mrs. Michael (Sarah) Cleary and daughter Lucy, John and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cleary, Medames Wealty and Hayes, James and Phillip Hayes and Michael Cleary, all of El Paso; Mr. and Mrs. Will Cleary, Mrs. Rjyan, Miss Maggie Griffin, Mr. Donahoe and daughter, Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy, of Loda; John and Mrs. Blair, Ellsworth; James Frawley, Padua; Mrs. Sacry, Bloomington; Will, Steve and Miss Nellie Evans and Peter Hopt, Holder. Mrs. Campbell of Springfield was on her way to attend the funeral but fell from a street car in Champaign and was so severely injured whe was unable to be present. 
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  James Patrick Kirk (1833 - 1917)
  Alice McKevitt Kirk (1849 - 1903)
  James Cleary (1865 - 1928)*
  Alice Marie Cleary (1895 - 1977)*
  Agnes Cleary (1898 - 1911)*
  Paul Edward Cleary (1901 - 1985)*
  Florence Marie Cleary Duffin (1904 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Charlene Kimpler
Originally Created by: Russell Kasper
Record added: Apr 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68982182
Mary Alice <i>Kirk</i> Cleary
Added by: Charlene Kimpler
Mary Alice <i>Kirk</i> Cleary
Added by: Russell Kasper
Mary Alice <i>Kirk</i> Cleary
Added by: Russell Kasper
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