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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1931

DEATH of MRS. SARAH M. CHANCE

Mrs. Sarah M. (LEWIS) CHANCE, one of Ringgold county's highly respected pioneer women, died about five o'clock yesterday morning [November 11, 1931] at her home in northwest Mount Ayr. At the time of her death she was past 82 years of age. [Sarah was born on August 28, 1849.] Mrs. CHANCE had been in failing health for some time, but maintained her mental facilities until her death.

Mrs. CHANCE, formerly Miss Sarah M. LEWIS, was united in marriage to Dorington CHANCE in March, 1868 and they settled on a farm in Washington township. To this union six children, four daughters and two sons, were born.

She is survived by three daughters and one son. Her husband, one daughter and one son preceded her in death.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced at the time the Record-News went to press.

NOTE: Sarah M. (LEWIS) CHANCE was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Dorington CHANCE, husband of Sarah M. (LEWIS) was born in October, 1835 and died March 12, 1917. He was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Mount Ayr.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

publication and date clipped off, handwritten notation "1931"

OBITUARY ~ MRS. SARAH M. CHANCE.

Sarah M. LEWIS was born August 28, 1849, in Cattaraugus county, near Buffalo, N. Y. She was the daughter of Nelson and Elizabeth LEWIS. She came to Iowa withher parents in the early sixties.

On March 12, 1868, she was united in marriage to Dorington CHANCE who preceeded her in death 15 years ago. To this union six children, four daughters and two sons, were born: Myra L. (Mrs. J. C. GOODWIN) of Mount Ayr; Mary E. (Mrs. A. M. JOHNSTON) deceased; William Franklin, deceased; Oliver Henderson, Clarinda; Theresa Jane (Mrs. J. J. CRISCO) of Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Colette JENSEN of Long Beach, Calif.

Mrs. CHANCE was grandmother to eleven grandchildren and eighteen great granchildren, all of whom survive.

Three brothers survive her, namely: Clifford C. LEWIS and Alfred E. LEWIS of Greeley, Colo.; William A. LEWIS of Ford City, Mo. Two brothers and two sissters preceded her in death.

Mrs. CHANCE passed away at her home in Mount Ayr on November 11, at the age of 82 years, two months and 13 days.

She had been a resident of Mount Ayr for more than 63 years. For 45 years she was a member of the United Presbyterian church. She leaves to friends the memory of a long life beautifully lived.

Funeral services were held at Rhoades Funeral Home Sunday, November 15, at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Jesse JOHNSON, pastor of the United Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. E. S. MENOHER, pastor of the Methodist church, and interment made in Oak Ridge cemetery.

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Card of Thanks.

We take this means of expressing to the neighbors and friends our sincere thanks for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness of our mother and grandmother, also for the beautiful flowers given on the occasion of her death and funeral and especially do we want to thank those who furnished the music and the ministers for the consoling words. - Her children and granchildren.

Submission by Theola Hightshoe Weeda, October of 2012

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