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PIERSON, Ava Jane McBee


Posted By: Kathy Weaver (email)
Date: 7/13/2009 at 03:53:27

THE SIDNEY ARGUS-HERALD. September 20, l951.
"Mrs. Pierson Dies At Age of 99."--

Ava Jane McBee, daughter of John and Louisa McBee, was born July 7, l852, near Nashville, Tenn., and died Sept. 15, l951 at the age of 99 years. She was one of a family of eight children. One sister died in infancy in Tennessee. The family later moved to Page county, and settled on a farm near Hawleyville. The father died a few years later. After a few years the family moved to Joplin, Mo., where they lived for a few years. They then returned to Iowa, locating in Sidney, where she met and was united in marriage to James K. Pierson on February 5, l871.

To this union were born seven children, five sons and two daughters: Nora Albert, Mrs. May Abshire, and Earnest Warren of Sidney; Mrs. Queen Jordon of Shenandoah; Lester of Burlington, Colo.; Luther Paul, who died in infancy; and Walter Ray, who died in Marysville, Calif., Jan. 19, 1949. She is also survived by thirty-one grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren, and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.

In the year 1880 she and her husband united with the Baptist church and were faithful attendants for many years. Later her health failing, she was a great sufferer for many years. She was always very much interested in her home, family and fiends, and many times was called to the sick in other homes.

Her husband preceded her in death on June 5, l925. For several years she remained in her own home, then lived with her children, and for the last several years has made her home at the rest home of Mrs. J.O. Foster, where she has been bed-ridden for the last three and one-half years. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Crawford Funeral Home with Rev. R.A. McBlain in charge. Mrs. Harry Davis and Mrs. R.A. McBlain furnished the music. Those in charge of the flowers were Mrs. Chas. Savidge, Mrs. Della Axtell and Miss Eula Woodlands. The casket bearers were James Sterling, Rex Jordon, Bryce Pierson, Carl Zach, Manning Abshire and Kenneth Pierson. Interment was in the Sidney cemetery.

Among the relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Pierson, Jr., and son of Burlington, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Liggett and son of Council Blufs; Mrs. Queen Jordon and daughter Nina, Mrs. Mae Lair and daughter, Rex Jordon, Mrs. Hester Pierson and Mrs. Maurine Martin of Shenandoah; Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Pierson and Bud of St. Joseph, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Grant Booton and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Ramsey of College Springs; Mr. and Mrs. James Sterling of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Manning Abshire of Farragut and Bill Abshire of Blair, Nebr., and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weston of Shenandoah.


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