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 Mary Ann <I>Bell</I> Ash

Mary Ann Bell Ash

Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 27 May 1917 (aged 91)
Wood, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Edgewood, Delaware County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 5792752 · View Source
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Source: The Edgewood Journal, Thursday, May 31, 1917, pg. 1
Mrs. Mary Ann Ash Died Sunday, Age 91 Year

The death of Mrs. Mary Ann Ash, which occurred at her home near Wood on Sunday, May 27th, 1917, completed the earthly career of one of Clayton County's oldest and most highly respected citizens. The deceased has been gradually failing in health for some time past and although she has been free from any serious pain, yet the discrepancies of old age were gradually gaining and eventually caused her death.

Mary Ann Bell was born July 15, 1825, near Columbus, Ohio, and died at Wood, Iowa, May 27th, 1917, at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 12 days. In early girlhood she moved near Sycamore, in DeKalb county, Ill., where she was united in marriage to Robert G. Ash, December 8th, 1847. To this union eight children were born, six of whom survive her, Marion and Clarence having preceded her in death. The husband and father passed away on June 10, 1903.

She moved with her husband and family to Iowa in the year 1850, and after this they lived in various locations until the year 1877, when they moved to Wood, Clayton county, where she spent the reaminder of her life. About sixty-three years ago Mrs. Ash was converted and united with the Baptist church and retained her membership in said church, we are told, until the end. "Grandma" Ash was a dear old lady and everybody who knew her was her friend. She always had a kind word for everyone she met, and with a friendly smile and word of advice, sent them on their way rejoicing. On account of her hearing being affected, she did not attend public gatherings very often in late years, but through it all she maintained her faith in the bright future beyond this life and lived a life that, to the writer at least, seemed to be in harmony with her God. Those nearest and dearest to her will miss her gentle ministrations, loving words of comfort and consolation, and her presence amonth them but can be glad for having had such a noble mother as she has been to them.

She leaves to mourn her death, six children: George and Edward of Wood; James of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Alice Wiltsie of Wood; Mrs. Emma Purdy of Dacoma, Oklahoma; and Charles of Wood. She is also survived by one sister: Mrs. Sarah Brown of Kansas City; twenty-two grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the home Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, May 29th, Rev. C.H. True preaching the sermon. The remains were then taken to Edgewood cemetery and laid to rest by the side of loved ones gone on before.

Thus endeth the last chapter of a noble life and the book is closed forever. A true friend has gone and we deeply sympathize with all who mourn.

To Our Friends
We wish to take this opportunity of showing our appreciation for all kind words and deeds extended during the illness and burial of our dear mother. We also wish to personally thank those who furnished the music and in other ways helped in a marked degree to lighten the burden of sorrow that weights us down at this time.
The Ash Family.

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