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Mr. Watts Dead
C. H. Watts, 49 years of age, an engineer on the C. & A. R. R. died last Friday after an illness of three weeks of typhoid fever. His run was between Mexico and Slater and he was a competent and faithful employee. The wife and two children survive him. The children are George and Miss Edna Watts. The remains were taken to Danville, Ill., for interment. Mr. and Mrs. Watts were natives of England.
(Mexico Missouri Message, Audrain Co., Mo., January 6, 1910, front page. Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Mrs. John Wesley, the mother of Charles Wesley of Mexico, died in St. Louis a few days ago.
(Mexico Missouri Message, Audrain Co., Mo., January 6, 1910, front page. Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Name of Deceased: John Thomas (J. T.) Williams
Newspaper: Vandalia Leader
Date: 18 Aug., 1927
Submitters Name: Caryn Holdburg

J.T. Williams Died
Tuesday Morning

Prominent In Farming. Frugal and Industrious. Advise and Council Sought In His Church Life.

J.T. Williams, age 77 died at his home Tuesday morning following a paralytic stroke on Sunday. He was born in Montgomery County, Missouri, and remained there until he was a young man when he came to the prairies of Vandalia where he thought there was a greater future. Here he bought a small farm and as he earned more funds he kept investing. His last purchase of a portion of the 320-acres of land he now owns was made during the dry year of 1901. He was quick to see the opportunities and made good use of them. He has been industrious and frugal in all of his energies and was one of the substantial men of the community.
His recent years have been spent in the city where he lived and looked after his farming interests. His activities have been for the good. He was a member of the Christian church on which board he served faithfully and unselfishly. He gave of his time liberally. His advise and council was always sought. His contributian to his age is the excellent family who have gone to many localities and have wrought much good after his teachings.
His funeral was conducted from the Christian church Wednesday afternoon by Rev. C. Allen Burrus - a large concourse of people who, by their presence, told of the esteem in which he was held. This community has lost one of her noble citizens and the church he served a faithful servant.
He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Bertha McIntosh, and Mrs. Alf Darnell of this community, Mrs. Paul Hammett and Leslie Williams of Farber, and Alex Williams of St. Louis. Besides four brothers, R. H. of Montgomery City, G. L. of Laddonia, F. H. of this city, J. D. of Coldwater, Kans., and one sister, Mrs. George Thomas of Wellsville.
The Leader joins with the friends of the family in extending their sympathy.

Name of Deceased: Eva V. Witchie
Newspaper: The Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: Mar. 14, 1991

Obit: Eva V. Witchie, 82, of Mexico, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 1991, at Presbyterian Manor in Fulton, where she had resided since June 1988. She was the widow of Wallace E. Witchie, who died Jan. 2, 1989. Before going to the manor, she had lived in Mexico since 1928. Services have been set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Arnold Funeral Home. The Rev. Davis Thomas will officiate and burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday from noon until the hour of services. Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Witchie was born at Benton City on April 28, 1908, to William R. and Emma Watts Goodson. She and Mr. Witchie were married in Mexico on Jan. 28, 1928. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, served as president of Women of the Church and was a synodical president (state organization of Women of the Church). She had a lifetime pin for service to the church.; Survivors include a brother, William G. Goodson of Lafayette, Calif.; and a sister-in-law, Lucille Goodson of Mexico. Preceding her in death were three brothers, Arthur, Frank and Elwyn Goodson; and two sisters, Dorothy Hagar and Lucille Boyer.

Name of Deceased: Jennifer Elaine Woods
Newspaper: The Mexico Ledger
Date: Feb. 2, 1974
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Jennifer Elaine Woods, five months old daughter of Larry and Susan Hendren Woods, 820 S. Muldrow St., was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. today at Audtain Medical Center. Audrain County coroner Connie Pickering said the baby was rushed to the hospital by emergency ambulance after being found dead in her crib. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Martin Capehart will officiate assisted by the Rev. Victor Clark. The Precht-Pickering Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Jennifer was born Aug. 27, 1973 in Hannibal. Surviving besides her parents are a brother, Jeffrey Dale, 3; paternal grandparents, Olin Woods of Arcata, Calif.; Mrs. Betty Fisher of Mexico; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hendren of Mexico; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Davidson Sr., of Mexico, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Woods of Fulton; and several aunts and uncles.

Mrs. Wesley Wright, who died at her home west of Hallsville, Tuesday, May 19th, was buried at Salt River Thursday following at eleven o'clock.
Elder Smith of Centralia preached the funeral disclosure to a large audience of sorrowing friends and relatives.
Nettie was born and raised in this neighborhood and was loved and respected by all who knew her.
She leaves a husband, two children, a mother, three sisters and two brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss.
­ Gant correspondent (Weekly Ledger of May 28, 1908. Contributed by: Peggy Luce)

Name of Deceased: Frances Johnson Wyss
Newspaper: The Mexico, Mo., Ledger
Date: Aug. 28, 1992
Submitters Name: Robert King

Obit: Frances Wyss, 71, of 809 E. Love St., Mexico, died unexpectedly at 7:45 a.m. today, Friday, Aug. 28, 1992, after becoming ill at her home. She had worked for many years in the fitting room at Florsheim Shoe Co. Services have been set for 2 p.m. Monday at Prechet-Pickering Funeral Home. Visitation at the funeral home will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association or to the Diabetes Association. Mrs. Wyss was born in Guthrie on May 19, 1921, to George and Merle Keeling Johnson. She was married in Mexico on May 15, 1946, to William E. Wyss, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a sister, Kenneth E. and Jerry W. Wyss, and Mrs. Ezra Cain, all of Mexico; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Wyss was a past noble grand of the Mexico Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed growing flowers and gardening.


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