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Mona Laska Pearson Clark
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1873
Audrain County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1932
Newton County
Missouri, USA

Mona Laska Pearson was the daughter of Joseph Warren and Laura Thomas (Ridgeway) Pearson. She was the second wife of James Jefferson Bell. They were married in Newtonia on March 07, 1900, on Wednesday evening, one day after his 67th birthday. Mona was 27 years old.

An announcement of their marriage was published in the Newton County News (a Newtonia newspaper) on March 8:

"Bell-Pearson Wedding - Married at the residence of Eld. S.M. Skaggs, in Newtonia on yesterday, March 7, 1900, at 6 p.m., Mr. James J. Bell and Miss Mona Laska Pearson, Eld. Skaggs officiating. Mr. Bell is a well-to-do and prominent farmer and stock raiser of near Newtonia. He is well and favorably known in this end of the county, having been a citizen here for many years. The bride is the second daughter of Joseph Pearson of Newtonia. She is a young lady highly esteemed, and has been a resident of Newtonia most of the time since childhood. The newly wedded pair left on the evening train immediately after the marriage ceremony for Springfield and other points on a short wedding tour. When they return will be at home to their friends at the residence of the groom, two and one half miles northeast of Newtonia."

They had three children: Eva Esther, Sherman McKinley, & Russell Warren.

James died on October 04, 1926. On February 4, 1931, Mona married a widower, John Oliver Clark. His first wife, Sallie (Hancock), had died on December 02, 1926. He had owned and operated the general mercantile store, known as J.O. Clark, Co., with one of the largest stocks in Newton County.

A few months after she was married, Mona started having serious health problems. On November 1, 1931, she was seen by her brother-in-law, Dr. Ulysses Chapman, who owned a hospital in Carthage. She died from cancer on June 16, 1932. She was 59 years, 4 months, and 16 days.

A notice of Mona's death and her obituary were published in The Neosho Times on June 23, 1932: "Mrs. J.O. Clark who has been seriously ill for some time died Thursday, June 16. Mrs. Clark had made her home near Newtonia practically all of her life. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Eaton of Neosho at the Baptist church, Saturday afternoon, and burial was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Chapman of Diamond; one brother, Clarence Pearson of Newtonia, and three children by a former marriage, Mrs. Eva Morris of Chicago, Sherman Bell of Boone, Colo., and Russell Bell of Newtonia."

"Clark - The home-going of Mrs. Mona Laska Clark on June 16, 1932, has left a vacancy that will not soon be filled. The 59 years of her life were rich and full because she constantly ministered to the comfort and pleasure of others. She eliminated all selfishness from her being and placing her own desires in the back ground, untiringly concentrated her talents and her active mind and body to the service of humanity.

She was born at Mexico, Mo., Jan. 31, 1873; was the devoted wife of J.J. Bell from 1900 until his death in 1926; and the greatly loved mother of the three children who survive that union. She was married to J.O. Clark, Feb. 4, 1931.

Her personality was distinguished by unusual loyalty to her community, her church, her family and her many friends. From her youth she sought beauty and cheer in the spiritual qualities of her soul. This made possible the beautiful smile that erased the lines of suffering from her face when she entered into her eternal heritage. It is not death for her but a joyful transition of her spirit into another realm. Filling her days with treasures of self-denying love, she passed through the varying events of earthly existence cheerfully and faithfully. She has gone to reap a bounteous harvest from the precious seeds of words and deeds that she has sown unstintingly throughout her years. Funeral services were conducted by her pastors, Rev. Sam Eaton, assisted by Rev. T.M. Norris, at Newtonia Baptist church. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery near Newtonia, Saturday, June 18."

When John's wife, Sallie, had died, he had purchased an impressive double tombstone for them. He purchased a similar tombstone for Mona, and she was buried beside her first husband, James Bell. His first wife, Syrena, is buried on the other side of him.

The above information is from my book, "The Family of James and Caroline Bell," which includes a biography of the Pearson family. James Jefferson Bell was the son of James and Caroline.

Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
April 2009

Family links: 
  Joseph Warren Pearson (1837 - 1927)
  Laura Thomas Ridgeway Pearson (1846 - 1930)
  James Jefferson Bell (1833 - 1926)
  John Oliver Clark (1861 - 1939)*
  Eva Esther Bell Morris (1901 - 1968)*
  Sherman McKinley Bell (1903 - 1980)*
  Russell Warren Bell (1906 - 1977)*
  John Andrew Pearson (1860 - 1946)**
  Eva Alice Pearson Chapman (1866 - 1951)*
  Willard Warren Pearson (1869 - 1908)*
  Mona Laska Pearson Clark (1873 - 1932)
  Carrie Heloniece Pearson Chadderdon (1874 - 1906)*
  Ethel Irene Pearson Harrison (1877 - 1905)*
  Raymond Lemon Pearson (1880 - 1924)*
  Clyde Era Pearson Skaggs (1884 - 1906)*
  Gordon Clifton Pearson (1887 - 1887)*
  Clarence Lavan Pearson (1889 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Odd Fellows Cemetery
Newton County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Jan 03, 2009
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Mona Laska <i>Pearson</i> Clark
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Mona Laska <i>Pearson</i> Clark
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