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Obituaries and Death Notices

Lewis A. David
Lewis A. David, son of J. P. and Rhoda Onstott David, was born Feb. 16, 1872, at Xenia, Ill., departed this life Oct. 31, 1920, aged 48 years, 8 months and 15 days.
He leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, two daughters, an aged father, two sisters and two brothers. He made his home in Portland, Oregon, for the past eight years where his wife and daughters still reside.
Funeral services were in charge of Rev. J. C. Foutz, of Xenia, and was held at the Onstott church Monday morning, Nov. 1, 1920. Burial in the cemetery nearby.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 November 1920). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Mae Davis
After an illness of several days of influenza and neuritis, Mrs. Mae Davis, wife of Allie E. Davis, passed away at her home southeast of Flora, on Monday night Jan. 30, about ten o’clock.
The deceased was the daughter of the late John W. and Elizabeth Creek, and the younger of seven children. She is survived by her husband, two sons, four sisters, Mrs. Jerusha Lynn, Nancy J. Nelson, Charlotte Lynn, Grace E. Loveland, and two brothers, Charles and Robert Creek.
Mrs. Davis had spent her entire life in Flora and vicinity and was highly thought of by all who knew her.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church in this city on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. G. W. Zink, pastor of the Flora Christian church. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (2 February 1922). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Matilda Mae Davis
Mrs. Allie E. Davis Born Aug. 5, 1880; died Jan. 30, 1922. Matilda Mae Davis, wife of Allie Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Creek, was born Aug. 5, 1880, departed this life Jan. 30, 1922 at 10:40 p. m. Age 41 yrs., 5 mo., and 25 days. At the time of her death she was residing on a farm two and one half miles southeast of Flora. Her going marks the close of a life which was spent in its entirely in the community.
Oct. 3rd 1900 she was united in marriage to Allle E. Davis, of Flora.Ill. Two children blessed this union, John Allen and Geo. William, both at home. Since this union was formed with the exception of 2 years they have lived continuously in Flora. During these years many became her true friends not only in the community at large, but also in the churches. As a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge and the Knights and Ladies of Security lodge she will be greatly missed, for in both she was held in high esteem. At the time of her death she held membership in the Baptist church, but worked in the other church and especially is she remembered for her faithful services in the Christian church, where she leaves a host, of friends.
For about a year she has been in failing health but she bore all with a smile and never allowed any to feel that she was discouraged. That kind and gentle spirit will always live on in the hearts of her friends. It can be truthfully said, "She has done what she could" and though she is dead yet she lives on. Besides the immediate members of the family she leaves to mourn her loss, two brothers, Robert and Chas. Creek; four sisters Mrs Jureausha Lynn, Mrs. Nancy Jane Nelson, Mrs. Charlotta Lynn, and Mrs. Grace Loveland, all residing in this vicinity. Her father and mother proceeding her in death. There are also many other relatives and a host of friends, who mourn with the family the loss of their loved one.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the First Baptist church, being conducted by Rev. G. W. Zink, pastor of the First Christian church and interment was made at Elmwood Cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal-Record Feb. 9, 1922]

Jeremiah Deabler
Jeremiah Deabler, son of Daniel and Esther Deabler, was born in Shanokia, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1855, departed this life September 23, 1921, age 66 years, 1 month, 28 days.
On May the 29, 1876, he united in marriage to Johama Haug and to this union ten children were born, Charles O., Wm. Irwin, Otto H., Edward W., Chester A., Walter L., Nile A., Harry S., Esther and Vivian. Four of this number having preceded their father in deeath, Wm. Irwin, Edward, Chester, Harry. The remaining ones with their mother and his faithful companion, who for nearly half a century have walked side by side, with other relatives and a large host of friends mourn his departure.
Brother Deabler moved to this vicinity in 1974 and has lived in and around Xenia even since. He has been a member of the M.E. church in Xenia a number of years and has been an active member until his health would no longer permit.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Sept. 24 and were in charge of Rev. Foutz. Interment at I.O.O.F. cemetery. [Source: Flora Journal Record October 6, 1921]

Mary Headstream DeFlone
Mary Headstream DeFlone was born in Goodenburg, Sweden March 6, 1836, died at her home in Mauston, Wis., Feb. 27, 1915, age 78 years, 11 months, 27 days, after an illness of some two months of creeping paralysis.
She was united in marriage with G.A. DeFlon Sr., in 1864. To them two sons were born, G.A. Jr. and L. A., both of whom are living and were with the aged mother when she passed away.
Mr. DeFlone died when the boys were quite small leaving the wife to care for them. In 1874 in company with others of her countrymen she emigrated to America settling at Mauston, Wis., with her two sons and where she spent the remainder of her life.
Mrs. DeFlone gave her life to God in early girlhood and united with the Swedish Luthern church, while her life was full of trials and privation, demanding all her energy to make a home for the boys she loved so well. She maintained her faith in God to the end. She could well say the joy of the Lord is my strength. Failing health due to old age limited her activities and at last just as the sun kissed the lakes with his morning rays God called and the tired spirit winged its way to eternal rest.
Besides the two sons she leaves one grandson Leland DeFlone and two granddaughters Margaret and Ruth DeFlone, also one brother Fredrick Headstream of San Diego, Cal., besides unnumbered friends in her home town.
Funeral from the residence of R.N. Fleming in Xenia March 2 at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. J.E. McCracken. Burial in Odd Fellows cemetery.
The above obituary refers to the mother of our fellow townman, Rev. G.A. DeFlone, who died at Mauston, Wis., and was brought to Xenia for burial Monday. The deceased was a stranger to most of Xenia people, but judging from that son she raised, of whom we all know so well, we have every reason to believe that she was a sainted mother. Rev. DeFlone is known to us as a man loved by all that know him. He is a forceful and powerful minister of the gospel. He left town the same night of the funeral and goes to Burnett, Wis., where he is engaged in a meeting. We are sure that Rev. DeFlone has the sympathy of the entire people of Xenia among whom he has a host of friends that feel more like a brother than anything else.
[Southern Illinois Record Thursday, March 11, 1915]

Elizabeth Holman Denby
Elizabeth Holman was born April 20, 1831, came to Clay county in 1847, was united in marriage to Thomas Denby, who preceded her to the beyond twenty-six years ago. Died Dec. 19, 1919, aged eighty-eight years, seven months and twenty-nine days. She was a bible student as long as health permitted, having ever by her side in old age the “Old Book.”
She left to mourn her death, two sisters and one nice, Mrs. Delpha Braden, to whom she had been as a mother, and other relatives and friends.
Let faith exalt her joyful voice,
And now, in triumph, sing;
O grave, where is thy victory?
And where, O Death, thy sting?
[Flora Record Jan. 1, 1920]

Elizabeth Desch
Elizabeth Desch, daughter of Casper and Suzanna Suess, was born near Lancaster, New York, October 24, 1853, and died January 15, 1930, age 76 years, 2 months and 21 days. Came to Illinois with her parents in December, 1869. Was married to Charles Desch in July, 1871, to which union were born ten children, of whom three preceded her in death, Maxie, Laura and Ann Gumbel. Those living are Joseph, of Quincy, Illinois; G. R. of Des Moines Elmer, of South Pixley to Calia Kessler, of Ingraham; Eli Umfleet, of Dayton, Iowa; Margaret Ward, of Omaha, Nebraska; Mary Okey, of Dayton, Iowa.
Her husband preceded her in death near seven years ago. She leaves thirty grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister, and a host of friends to mourn her departure.
[Source: Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois 1930 Obituaries by the Clay County Advocate Press. Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Maurice G. Durland
Passed Away at Olney Sanitarium Monday at 4:00 P.M., After Several Weeks’ Illness.
At the Olney Sanitarium, where he had been taken for treatment, Maurice G. Durland of this city, passed away 4:00 o’clock Monday afternoon, August 11, lacking one month of being 70 years of age, having been born September 10, 1854. The immediate cause of his death the physicians attributed to cerebral thrombosis, with which he had been ill for six weeks.
Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church Friday afternoon, August 15, at 2:30 o’clock, followed by interment in Elmwood cemetery. Business houses will close from 2:00 to 4:00 o’clock.
Deceased was a pioneer resident of Flora, having located here in 1867. For many years he was in the hardware business with his brothers, Wm. And J. Y. Durland, at the old Durland corner on Locust and North avenue. At the time of his death he was a retail coal dealer. He occupied several important positions, being president of the Flora Building and Loan Association, vice-president of the First National bank, and township school treasurer.
Surviving are the widow, two sons and three daughters, namely: Clyde Durland of Billings, Mont.; Edwin Durland of St. Elmo, Ill.; Mrs. M. B. Judy and Mrs. Robert Jefferies of Washington, Ind.; Mrs. Austin Shriner of Flora. Besides the wife and children, he leaves to mourn his departure, two brothers, Wm. R. and J. Y. Durland, of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Hancock of Pensacola, Fla. There are ten grandchildren. Thus passes another pioneer business man of our city, at a ripe old age, who had earned the highest esteem of our citizenship.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (14 August 1924). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]



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