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Blairstown Press; January 29, 1937
Mrs. Mary Conklin Spent Life Here
Mary Conklin

Failing Health Yields to Death Sunday Afternoon.

Mrs. Mary A. Conklin, life-long resident of Blairstown, died Sunday afternoon at 3:45 at the home of her daughter Mrs. W. A. Drake. Mrs. Conklin had been in failing health for several years and had been confined to her bed most of the time during the past four weeks. Death was due to heart disease and complications.

As Mary Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson, she was born Jan. 15, 1861 at Blairstown. He mother died when she was but four years of age and she was raised by an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Anderson who gave her the care and love of real parents. She grew to womanhood here and attended the Blairstown school and the Blairstown academy.

Se was united in marriage to George A. Conklin of Blairstown in February, 1889. To this union were born two children, Roy A. Conklin, of Blairstown and Mrs. Blanche Drake with whom she made her home. Mr. Conklin preceded her in death in March, 1917. Two brothers and one sister also preceded her. Besides her children, she is survived by one granddaughter, Phyllis Faye Drake, her son-in-law, W. A. Drake, also three nieces and one nephew. These are Mrs. C. F. Hornbeck and Miss Grace Henry of Chicago, Mrs. Earl Farrell and Roy Anderson of Coon Rapids.

Church Member 50 Years.

Mrs. Conklin had been a member of the Blairstown Methodist church and the Methodist Aid society for 50 years and was an active and willing worker in the church and society. She as a lover of flowers and the outdoors and in summer took great pleasure in her flower garden. She was a loving mother and a kind neighbor and she leaves a host of friends who will mourn her passing.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon in charge of the Rev. Harold Ward, pastor of the Methodist church. Rev. J. C. B. Beck assisted during the service. Mrs. Geo. Edwards sang a beautiful solo accompanied by Miss Lydia Groff. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery beside the grave of her husband.
Submitted on Fri Jun 30, 2006 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com

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