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Emily Adeline McKinney Reavis

Missouri, USA
Death 1 May 1914 (aged 79)
Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
Burial Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA
Plot Section West, Lot 051 Grave 2
Memorial ID 49442990 · View Source
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Enterprise Record Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Oregon, dated (Thursday) May 7, 1914.

"Mrs. Emily Reavis Goes To Her Rest"

"Widow of "Uncle Joe" Remembered For Her Many Good Deeds"

Mrs. Emily A. Reavis, widow of Joseph C. Reavis, died Friday morning, May 1, in Enterprise. She had been in normal good health, subject only to the weaknesses incident to advanced age, up to two weeks ago. Then she complained of a shortness of breath, and a fluttering of the heart.

On Thursday she had been doing her work as usual. Bur during the night her heart action became weaker and she passed away shortly after sunrise the next morning.

The funeral was held in the Christian church on Saturday, conducted by Rev. A.J. Adams of the Federated church. Friends of the family from all over the county were present to pay their tribute to the memory of a woman who had been universally loved. The stores close for an hour and a half in the afternoon out of respect to her memory. Burial was in the Enterprise cemetery.

Mrs. Reavis was born in Johnson county, Missouri, December 30,1834. She was married at Kingsville, Missouri, December 17, 1850 to Mr. Reavis. They moved to Texas in 1870, and remained in the state until 1887 when they came to Wallowa coutny and made their home on Alder Slope. That was shortly after the death of the wife to David B. Reavis, and Mrs. Joseph reavis at once took charge of the household. After three years on the Slope, Mr. and Mrs. Reavis moved into the new town of Enterprise where "Uncle Joe" was postmaster for some years.

Both "Uncle Joe" and Mrs. Reavis were gentle, kindly souls, who won the hearts of all in the community by thier perfect charity and thoughtfulness of others. It was said of Mr. Reavis that all his life he was engaged in looking around very quietly, for some place where he could do a kind, generous act without it being found out. Mrs. Reavis was equally unselfish and useful. Mr. Reavis died October 20, 1909, and was buried here, in the cemetery where his wife now sleeps, by his side.

There were born to the couple: Frank A. and Davis L. Reavis of Enterprise, J.Fred Reavis of the Phillipine Islands, and two daughters, deceased, Mrs. Minnie Hendrickson of Enterprise and Lizzie, who died in childhood. Mrs. Reavis became a member of the Presbyterian church in childhood and always remained loyal to that faith all her life.

Two weeks ago Mrs. A.C. Smith, mother of Mrs. Frank A. Reavis died. Now the mother of Mr. Reavis has passed away. Death came to bother women in much the same way. Each had lived her life out and at the last her heart simply cease beating and the end came.




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