Obituary of Mary Parker Tripp

Mary lived in Paulina, O'Brien Co., IA at the time of her death. I'm assuming that is where the obit was printed.

MARY PARKER 1821 - 1897
Added by EBruere on 22 Jan 2009
Originally submitted by KERMITFOLVEN on 21 Apr 2008Mary Parker Tripp's Tombstone


The funeral services of Mary Parker Tripp who died on Sunday morning at the home of her son W.H. Barber were held at the M.E. Church on Monday afternoon at four o'clock. The pastor Rev. Hathaway being in charge. The remains were then taken to the family burying ground near Calamus, Clinton Co., accompanied by Mr. W.H. Barber. "Grandma" Tripp was a familiar character to the people here. Seldom is there to be found a person whose whole ambition is so nearly centered upon active Christian work as was this good lady's. Her influence was always upon the side of right and her desires were to make better the conditions of others. Deceased was born at Aaronsburg, Center County, Penn. Feb. 23, 1821 and died Apr. 4, 1897 after a brief but severe attack of the grippe. She was the oldest of ten children. She united with the M.E. Church in 1883. In 1837 she was taken by her parents to Williams County, Ohio then considered upon the frontier. In July 1840 she was united in marriage to Solomon Barber. They moved to Dixon, Ill. in 1843 moving again in 1865 to Iowa to locate in Clinton Co.. Husband of deceased died in Oct. 1862. In July 1865 she was married to Nelson Tripp, who died March . Then to Rev. James Johnson but the union was not a happy one on account of Mr. Johnson joining the Mormon Church. She resided with her kindred most of the time since then, part of the time residing here. She was the mother of 8 surviving children: O.W., Daniel Les and H. P. Barber of Woodbury Co., Mrs. W.A. (Phoebe) Judson, Mrs. H.H. (Emma) DuBois and Mrs. W.I. (Ida) Harris of Clay Co. and W. Hillery Barber and Mrs. Holdridge (Addie) of this place. The five latter were here to attend her funeral, but the three former arrived one day too late. The life of Mrs. Tripp was filled with interesting events touching upon our country's early history which she loved to relate. In 1892 she wrote and had published for her friends a small pamphlet of "personal recollection" which gave a graphic account of her life as a Christian and her labors in the world of progress. Before her death she selected her burial robe, the funeral text and expressed a desire to be buried at the old home; all of her request being granted.

(Buried in a field S.E. of Calamus, Iowa with a fence around it.)
Copied by Edna DuBois (one Mary Parker's granddaughters) Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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