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Mary Ida Elwell Mason


Posted By: Marlene Skalberg (email)
Date: 10/16/2017 at 17:23:59

Mary Ida Elwell Mason was born February 28, 1845 at Epworth, Iowa and departed this life last Sunday morning due to a complication of old age diseases, at the ride age of 86 years, 1 month, and 18 days. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maple Lacox, where she had been staying for 3 months. During the past several years she has lived in the homes of her daughters, Mrs. Barker and Mrs. Lacox.
She was united in marriage with James Mason in Dubuque, Iowa on July 2, 1868. To this union were born 12 children, one dying in infancy and all others of which are living today with the exception of one daughter, Mrs. Robert Strain.
In 1870 Mr. and Mrs. Mason moved to Adams County and located on a farm three miles north of Nodaway. They lived here for 34 years. In 11907 they moved into the village of Nodaway and resided there for three years. Then in 1910 they moved to Montana and homesteaded. After spending four years there, they returned to Iowa ans spend the rest of their lives in this community.
In 1912 with relatives and friends, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. To this big event all but three of their children were present. Four years later, her life's companion was taken from her by death.
About forty years ago Mrs. Mason united with the M.E. Church of Nodaway and was a member of this organization the rest of her days. However, of late years, due to her infirmities of old age, and the fact that she resided with her daughters, Mrs. W. B. Barker of near Corning she was too far removed to attend the church she loved. Frequently she was seen in the Baptist Church in Corning and always took active part in the worship services. Often times she was heard to remark, "I feel right at home with the Baptist."
Last Sunday about 11:30 she passed from this life of toil and trouble to the reward and rest her Maker had prepared for her among His select. She passed away peacefully after a life of service she so well performed. she had passed her endearments into the hearts of all who knew her. She was a loving mother to her children and even though these who surviver her are growing up, she thought of them as her babies. She was always kind and hospitable to her friends. Her hand was never weary, her step never failing in her ministry to and cared for those dependent upon her.
Well may her children cherish her memory as a precious legacy and we would say a word of comfort to the bereaved. We can but let or tears flow in sympathy with them and point them to the promise, "At eve-tide it shall be light."
Mrs. Mason is survived by five sons, Joseph of Nodaway, Earl of Washington, Paul of Montana, Allen of Hardin, Montana, and Dave of Denton, Montana; five daughters, Mrs. May Norcutt, Mrs. Maple Lacox, Mrs. Hope Gile, all of Nodaway; Mrs. Faith Misner of Lakeview, Iowa, and Mrs. Mary Barker of Coring, Iowa, thirty-six grandchildren, thirty nine great grandchildren, and great grandchildren, besides a host of friends who will ever remember her kind and pleasant personality.
Funeral services were conducted at the M.E. Church of Nodaway Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. by Rev. F. O. Volatec of Corning, assisted by the Rev. D. A. Book of Nodaway. The music was furnished by the M.E. Church of Nodaway. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers and the remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in the Nodaway Cemetery.
Adams County Free Press, April 22, 1937, page 18


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