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McMullen, Emily Mary Jane (Cross) 1858 - 1935


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 11/5/2017 at 11:13:11

Clayton County Register, Thur., 7 June 1935. Volga City News columns.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church here Saturday afternoon for Emily Mary Jane McMullen of Gowrie, Iowa. The pastor, Rev. Edward Fikse, officiated and interment was made in the family lot in Hillcrest cemetery.

Emily Mary Jane Cross McMullen was born on January 10, 1858, at Paw Paw, Mich., and passed away on May 29, 1935, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Kreamer, at Gowrie, Iowa.

Mrs. McMullen's early childhood was spent in Crown Point, Ind. At the age of six her father, who was a Union soldier, was killed. After the war the family moved to Volga, Iowa, where Emily attended the public school and grew to young womanhood. She was baptized and joined the M.E. church at an early age at Volga.

She was united in marriage to Charles William McMullen at Volga in 1876. Six children were born to this union, two of whom preceded her in death, Iva who died at Arlington, Iowa, and Charles William who died in Washington state. Her husband died on Sept. 23, 1892, at O'Niell, Nebr. She then brought her children back to live with her mother, who resided on a farm near Volga; later moving to Arlington. After her mother's death she built a home in Elkader, where she lived until 1920.

Failing in health, and unable to stay alone, she spent the last years with her children, who were now married. In later years she spent the winters with Mrs. F. H. Kreamer at Gowrie, Iowa, and the summers with Mrs. Henry Kerr, at Lime Springs, Iowa.

Three weeks ago Mrs. McMullen suffered a stroke, which paralyzed her right side, and left her unable to speak. Her daughters, with the exception of Mrs. Hulverson, were with her constantly, and for a time she seemed to show some improvement, but this condition was of short duration, and after a second stroke she failed to rally, gradually becoming weaker, and finally passing away on Wednesday, May 29th, at 8:30 a.m., at the age of 77 years, four months and 19 days. Everything that loving hands could do was done to make her last days here as comfortable as possible.

She leaves to mourn her loss four daughters, Mrs. Henry Kerr, Lime Springs, Iowa; Mrs. Sarah Crain, of Finley, N. Dak.; Mrs. Geo. Hulverson, of Butte, Mont.; Mrs. Frank Kreamer, of Gowrie, Iowa; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends.

Mrs. McMullen was a home-loving woman, and after the death of her husband devoted her life to her children.

With her husband, she endured the privations and hardships of the early settlers in their determination to establish a home for their family. With a true mother's love she deemed no sacrifice too great, and no labor too hard for her children's sake, and their interests and welfare were ever her first considerations. She was a lover of the outdoors and a student of human nature. It is interesting to know that her favorite radio program was a presentation of gospel songs, from which she derived much spiritual comfort and inspiration. She experienced no sense of fear at the approach of death, for her trust was in her Savior, in Whose atonement for her sins, and promise of eternal salvation she steadfastly believed. She repeatedly expressed her belief in reunion with her loved ones in after life.

Her simple trust in Christ, her Savior and Guide, now and for all time, is well expressed in the poem she loved so well, and that occupied her thought just before she was called to come up higher:

(Note: At this point the newspaper column ended, and any remainder of this obituary could not be found.)


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