|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1853|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 1919|
Nancy's obituary read: "Good Mother Gone To Her Last Rest - When the Angel of Death came and summoned Mrs. James W. Epperson a sweet, unselfish life had come to a close and only those who had been with her constantly can realize its beauty the more. It is hard to realize that she has passed from the love and life of her relatives and friends for all time.
Mrs. Epperson had lived her life here, knowing nearly every one in the community, and each one, old or young, had some good word to say for the one who was a friend to all. We shall miss her, but she has only gone before and we know full well that however great our loss, it is not to be compared with her gain. She was willing to leave everything with her master, whom she trusted with an unwavering faith, and just as the darkness had settled upon the closing day, this beautiful sunrise and the new life with all its glories began.
As a neighbor and friend, she was kind and generous, ever willing to help as opportunity permitted. In her home she was a faithful wife and a devoted mother, and it was here that she shone brightest. She was a great lover of home life and was deeply attached to the husband and children. Although the family deeply mourn her departure, they rest in confident assurance that with her all is well. But, "A mother is a mother still, the noblest thing alive," and the time never comes when we are ready for the parting with the one we all know to be our truest and most constant friend.
One thing that makes her departure so sad is the fact that her youngest son, Irvin, is in France, serving in the army in defense of his country. She had worried a great deal the past several months over his absence.
Nancy Isabel Joh was born in Preble County, Ohio, February 22, 1853 and died at Sidney, Illinois, January 20, 1919, aged 65 years, 10 months and 28 days. When about eight years of age she came to Illinois with her parents, who settled on a farm near Deers Station and there she grew to young womanhood. She was united in marriage to James W. Epperson at the family home, on March 30, 1879. To this union were born five children. They are Mrs. Joseph Hudson of Colorado; Edward Franklin, William Roy, Clarence Cecil, all of this place and Irvin Albert, who is with the U.S. army in France. They, together with the husband, two brothers, George Joh and David A. Joh of Converse, Indiana; three sisters, Margaret E. Joh and Mrs. Jess Toppin of near Urbana and Mrs. Joseph Deere of near Tower Hill, Illinois, and one uncle, E. M. Detamore of Converse, Indiana, are left to mourn their great loss.
Mrs. Epperson united with the New Light Christian church at Olive Chapel in 1873 and has since lived a faithful Christian life. She was also a character member of the Sidney O.E.S. lodge. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church at one o'clock Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Ealy of Champaign, assisted by Rev. Robert Grillo and Rev. Otis Pope of this place. Following this the members of the O. E. S. took charge of the services. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Burial was made in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
How Sweet 'twill be to waken, All pain and sorrow past; To find the Savior near her, Home, sweet home at last."
Simon Joh (____ - 1892)
Sarah Ann Detamore Joh (1827 - 1885)
James Winfield Epperson (1852 - 1929)*
Anna Mae Epperson Hudson (1881 - 1971)*
Edward Franklin Epperson (1884 - 1962)*
William Roy Epperson (1886 - 1960)*
Clarence Cecil Epperson (1893 - 1967)*
Irvin Albert Epperson (1895 - 1932)*
William Henry Joh (1851 - 1885)*
Nancy Isabelle Joh Epperson (1853 - 1919)
Margaret Elizabeth Joh (1855 - 1923)*
Alice L. Joh Deere (1858 - 1936)*
David Albert Joh (1863 - 1957)*
Arminda Jane Joh Toppin (1869 - 1951)*
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Lesa Epperson
Record added: May 16, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7447707