|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1862|
|Death: ||Nov. 23, 1940|
From page 2 of The Times dated November 28, 1940
Another beloved Clay County pioneer woman, completed her mission on earth and quietly entered the shadow land, when Mrs. Sam Avery of Wakefield, passed away at the Clay Center Municipal Hospital early Sunday morning November 24th. Mrs. Avery had been in good health until about a month ago, when she sustained a broken shoulder bone in a fall at her home, which no doubt contributed to the cause of her death. She was brought to the hospital and given every attention.
During her long residence in the Wakefield community, Mrs. Avery won the love and respect of all who knew her. She was a good mother, a faithful wife, an affectionate sister, and was kind and hospitable to all. She lived a quiet life, keeping her home and her faith as long as she lived. Her life story follows:
Annie Rachel McCoy, daughter of John and Rachel McCoy, was born September 9, 1862 at Mount Pleasant, Washington County, Pennsylvania and departed this life at two o'clock on the morning of November 24th, 1940 at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 14 days, at Clay Center, Kansas.
Miss McCoy moved to Kansas with her parents at the age of five from Pennsylvania to Olathe, Kansas. In typical pioneer fashion she came by covered wagon from Olathe, Kansas to Clay County at the age of 17.
Miss McCoy was united in marriage to Mr. Sam Avery on November 23, 1881 at the McCoy home in Union township, and among the wedding guests now living was Mrs. Effie Alsop of Wakefield, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Avery lived on a farm near Wakefield until 1920, when they moved to Wakefield. Mr. and Mrs. Avery have been married 59 years, and death came to Mrs. Avery two hours after their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Avery was a member of the Wakefield Congregational church, which faith she kept until her Master came and called her home.
To this union eight children were born, all living. They are:
Elmer of Wakefield,
Frank of Pomona, Calif.,
Mrs. Annie Cunningham of Wakefield,
Mrs. Ethel Heath of Belleville,
Mrs. Mabel Dibben of Junction City,
Mrs. Della Younkin of Wakefield,
Warren Avery of Wichita,
and Mrs. Florence Mickey of Wakefield.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, Mr. Sam Avery of the home address, eight children; three brothers and three sisters, now living –
Robert and Angus McCoy of Woodbine
and Herbert McCoy of Wichita,
Mrs. Zula Goodnight of Oswego, Kansas,
Mrs. Herbert Chapman of Wakefield,
and Mrs. Joe Clawley of Clay Center,
a large number of nieces and nephews, 22 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 26th, at the Congregational church in Wakefield, with the pastor, Rev M. M. Mott in charge. Mrs. Edna Siemers as accompanist, sang "Abide With Me", "Does Jesus Still Care" and "Nearer, Still Nearer", favorite hymns of Mrs. Avery. Burial was made in Highland cemetery.
The large assembly of relative, long-time friends and neighbors and the beautiful floral tributes were tokens of regard and sympathy.
Samuel D. Avery (1858 - 1942)*
Samuel "Elmer" Avery (1883 - 1958)*
Frank Lester Avery (1885 - 1952)*
Annie Rachel Avery Cunningham (1886 - 1948)*
Mabel May Avery Dibben (1890 - 1971)*
Della G. Avery Younkin (1892 - 1951)*
Warren Thomas Avery (1898 - 1971)*
Created by: Linda Cunningham
Record added: Feb 15, 2012
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