Elva J Saunders

Elva J Saunders

Birth
Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, USA
Death 11 Sep 1933 (aged 83)
Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, USA
Burial Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 54714558 · View Source
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From the Illinoian-Star, Tuesday, September 12, 1933:
Miss Elva J. Saunders, One of Oldest Teachers In The State, Dies At Age of 83
Miss Elva J. Saunders, one of the oldest public school teachers, in point of service, in the State of Illinois, and beloved by hundreds of who have been her students during the fifty-two years of her services in the Beardstown schools, died at Schmitt Memorial Hospital at 11:30 o'clock last night following an illness resulting from a fractured hip, which she sustained three weeks ago last Friday when she fell at her home here at 115 W. 5th street. Miss Saunders, whose life was filled with loving service and whose influence has touched nearly every home in this city and whose pupils may be traced from coast to coast, was born on June 1st, 1850 in the home at 115 W. 5th street where she has always resided. She was the daughter of Thomas and Katherine Saunders, and was 83 years, 3 months and ten days of age when her beautiful life of service and loving friendliness passed from this earth to continue its influence on thru the years in loving memories. Throughout her illness she displayed the same cheerfulness and optimism which was characteristic of her entire life. Miss Saunders began her teaching in the fall of 1879 and continued in her chosen work until she retired from active service in 1931, giving a teaching service of fifty-two years. At the time of her retirement she had been teaching history in the Beardstown High School and had also held the position of Dean of Girls and up until the last her mind remained keen and active and her memory unimpaired. She was the oldest member of the Congregational church, always living her life in keeping with its teaching and doing her bit to further its work in the community. She grew to womanhood in the home where she was born and where she has always lived, together with her brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. George Saunders, until the death of her brother several years ago. Since that time she and Mrs. Saunders have continued to live at the old house together. Other relatives surviving are two nieces, Agnes Saunders of Aimes, Iowa, who is a teacher in the Aimes College and Mrs. Edith Johnson of New York City, together with the following cousins, Miss Elizabeth Norbury of Denver, Frank F. McClure and Mrs. W. D. Epler of Beardstown, Ill., Dr. F. P. Norbury of Jacksonville and Mrs. G. B. Hegardt of Oakland, Calif. Funeral services will be held Friday, the complete announcement of which will be made tomorrow.
From the Illinoian-Star, Thursday, September 14, 1933:
EXPECT CROWD AT SAUNDERS FUNERAL HERE
Funeral services for Miss Elva J. Saunders will be held in the Auditorium of the Beardstown High School on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. A. E. Beddoes, pastor of the Congregational church will be in charge of the service. Members of the High School and the faculty will attend the services in a body. The pallbearers will be Warren McKenzie, president of the Alumni Association; Walter E. Buck, Cass County Superintendent of Schools, F. M. Condit, Mayor of Beardstown; Atty. Lee R. Northcutt, president of the Board of Education; J. W. Doyle and Virgil Reither, each representing Beardstown's student body, all of whom were pupils of the deceased. During the service the Public Library will be closed, as Miss Saunders has been a member of the Board of Directors for many years. Both high school and grade schools will be closed at noon. Burial will be made in the family lot in the City Cemetery.

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  • Created by: Project Next Generation@ Beardstown Houston Memori
  • Added: 9 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54714558
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elva J Saunders (1 Jun 1850–11 Sep 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54714558, citing Beardstown City Cemetery, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Project Next Generation@ Beardstown Houston Memori (contributor 47183945) .