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Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
Thursday, September 13, 1928

NOTICE of DEATH.

Miss Edna [May] MERCER died at the home of her parents south on the county line Tuesday evening at 6:30. She had been ill for a long time, and her life was despaired of. The funeral is to be on Friday, and we think at the residence. She was last year a sophomore in Clearfield High.

Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
Thursday, September 20, 1928

OBITUARY ~ EDNA MAY MERCER

Edna May MERCER, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orie MERCER [Bessie CURRY] was born July 12, 1909 and departed this life at the home of her parents south of Clearfield at ten minutes past six o'clock, Tuesday evening, Sept. 11, 1928 at 19 years, 1 month, and 30 days.

Edna has lived all her life near Clearfield and was loved by all who knew her. Her schoolwork had always been made hard because of an affliction most of her life. However, when she completed the country school, she entered Clearfield High School, but her health completely failing, barred her from completing the first year. Her strength has been slowly failing ever since a serious operation a little over a year ago. All that skilled physicians, surgeons and loving hands could do, was done but to no avail. After a year and a half of patient suffering her soul as pure and white as the driven snow went home to the God who gave it.

Edna was always found in church and Sunday school as often as her health permitted and she tried to live a life that would please her Maker.

One brother has preceded Edna in death, but she leaves to mourn her going, her father and mother, three sisters, Elgin Pauline, Nellie Marie, and Ester Marion, two brothers Cecil and Edwin, two grandmothers and many other relatives and friends.

There is no flock, however watched and tended
But one dead lamb is there!
There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,
But has one vacant chair.

We see but dimly through the mists of vapors;
Amid these earthly damps
What seems to us but sad funeral tapers
May be heaven's distant lamps.

The funeral services were held at the home south of Clearfield Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Roy B. WEAKLAND officiated. Interment was in the Clearfield Cemetery.

The house and yard were filled with Edna's friends and relatives who came to pay a final tribute to her memory.

The pallbearers were six schoolgirls who were very close friends of Edna. They were Helen NICKLE, Ethel SIVERLY, Bertha GAULE, Winifred KNOX, Dorothy BARTLETT and Hazel BROWN.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2011

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