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Millyea Black Bethke
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Birth: May 6, 1891
Scott County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1919
Marshalltown
Marshall County
Iowa, USA

Millyea Black was born May 6, 1891 in Scott Co., Arkansas, to Peter and Mary Black.

In 1908 they settled in Belleville, OK where Millyea finished the 8th grade. Her parents secured lodging at Orr so Millyea could continue high school, returning home on weekends and breaks.

At Orr, Millyea met Dr. Bethke, twenty-three years her elder and they married December 20th, 1909, residing at Orr. On the 2nd of June, 1911 Millyea gave birth at Belleville to Junie Ernest Bethke.

The Bethkes left Orr in 1916 to return to the Bethke family near Lincoln, Iowa. Visiting Belleville once more Millyea bid farewell to Peter and Mary, and her brothers Jesse, Harland, Mack and Troy. She assured her sisters Ida and Hester she would keep in touch by post.

Three short years later, in the winter of 1919, Millyea contracted what was referred to in those days as "sleeping sickness". Falling asleep for days at a time she could stay awake only long enough for Dr. Bethke to feed her something to eat.

After sleeping for nearly two days Millyea awoke, weak and barely able to eat. She requested a pen and pad and wrote her last letter to sister Hester (Black). She told of her illness and that she felt the end was near. Millyea fell back to sleep and never awoke again. After an illness of eleven days, death occurred on the 20th of Jan officially of pneumonia at the Deaconess hospital . She was 27. Millyea was buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Marshalltown, Iowa.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Jepthal Peterson Black (1852 - 1927)
  Mary Ellen Miner Black (1857 - 1924)
 
 Siblings:
  Walter Peter Black (1879 - 1904)*
  Jesse Lawrence Black (1883 - 1934)*
  Ida Mae Black Ellis (1885 - 1937)*
  Harlan D Black (1888 - 1934)*
  Millyea Black Bethke (1891 - 1919)
  Marshall Maston Black (1893 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Wife of A.H.Bethke
 
Burial:
Riverside Cemetery
Marshalltown
Marshall County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: Scott Black
Originally Created by: thoran
Record added: May 01, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 109817230
Millyea <i>Black</i> Bethke
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Millyea <i>Black</i> Bethke
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Millyea <i>Black</i> Bethke
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