Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY - MRS. CODDINGTON DEAD
Death is gradually thinning out the ranks of the old settlers of this vicinity. Last Sunday evening at 6 o'clock Mrs.
CODDINGTON, living about two miles west of town, passed to her heavenly home. In her last hours she was surrounded by her
family. They went with her as far as they could go, down to the brink of the dark river, bade her good bye, she steped
(sic) into the turbulent stream and was borne from human sight and human association. Mrs. CODDINGTON has for a number of
years been making preparation for this time, and when the time came she was prepared to go, and as we believe entered into
her heavenly and eternal home. While she goes away from friends here she joines (sic) the company of her friends and
acquaintances who have gone from Diagonal to the land of Joy and Bliss forever.
Miss Demaris (sic, should be Damaris) STEVENSON was born in Wayne county Indiana, Oct. 26, 1835, and died Feb. 10, 1901.
On November 15th 1856 she was married to C. W. CODDINGTON.
She was the mother of seven children, two sons and five daughters, all are living except one daughter [Sarah A.] who died
in 1875. Her four daughters were present with her and administered to her in her last sickness. Neither of the sons were
able to be present at the death or funeral.
For more than 50 years Mrs. Coddington has been a member of the Methodist church and was ever ready to give her testimony .
to the saving and keeping power of her blessed Master. Her last hours were full of peace and joy. The funeral was
conducted at the family residence, west of town, on Tuesday Feb. 12th at 11 o'clock by Rev. J. D. SPARKS, assisted by Rev.
O'FLING. A large concourse of neighbors and friends attended the stricken family as they went with the remains of their
loved one to Bethel cemetery where the burial occured (sic).
Mr. CODDINGTON and his family have the sympathy of the entire community.
NOTE: Charles Wesley and Damaris (STEVENSON) CODDINGTON were the parents of seven children:
1) Fransina CODDINGTON
b. 22 Jun 1858, Union Co. IN; d. 06 Apr 1938, Clearfield IA
married 08 Nov 1876 Isaac F. SMITH (1848-1916)
2) Enoch Allen CODDINGTON
b. 18 Apr 1860, Union Co. IN; d. 25 Nov 1941, Saskatchewan, Canada
married 05 Sep 1888, Diagonal IA Mary Estella "Ella" BENTLEY (1866-1939)
3) Martha Ellen "Mattie" CODDINGTON
b. 12 Jan 1862, IL; d. 16 Nov 1951, Dickey Co. ND
married 28 Jun 1880, Ringgold Co. IA James Madison STAHL (1851- ?)
4) Sarah A. CODDINGTON
b. 16 May 1864, IL; d. 10 Jun 1875
5) Mary Etta CODDINGTON
b. 23 Jul 1868, McDonough Co. IL; d. 13 Apr 1950, IA
married 12 Oct 1889, Goshen, Ringgold Co. IA Benjamin Franklin "Frank" BENTLEY (1861-1920)
6) Norman Grant CODDINGTON
b. 01 Dec 1872, Diagonal IA; d. 20 Dec 1951, Cambria, Blue Earth Co. MN
married 16 Nov 1898 Diagonal IA Minnetta Maud WILLIAMS (1876-1953)
7) Melissa Jane CODDINGTON
b. 03 Jan 1876, Diagonal IA; d. 10 Oct 1954, Eureka, Greenwood Co. KS
married 04 Mar 1896, Diagonal IA William Ward TALLEY (1873-1947)
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