Decatur County Journal
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
February 18, 1892
OBITUARY - MRS. LESTER H. NORTHRUP
Mrs. Lester H. NORTHRUP died at her home, three miles north of Garden
Grove, Iowa, on the morning of January 27, 1892. Mary Agnes WOODBURY
was born at Sutton, Massachusetts, October 17, 1817. Her father died
when she was about thirteen years of age and the family settled near
Auburn, New York. She went west with her sister, the late Mrs. J. H.
WOODBURY, in whose family she made her home, and about 1846 they removed
from Adrian, Michigan to White Pigeon. During the residence there she
made many friends and was a much valued member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church as well as of the choir. She taught a young ladies'
school there which gave eminent satisfaction.
In the autumn of 1854, the WOODBURY family came to Garden Grove and in
January, 1856, deceased was married to L. H. NORTHRUP at their residence
by Rev. J. R. CARY. Two daughters blessed their home--Hattie W., wife of
C. A. DAVIS and Edna P., wife of Eldon HENDRICK, Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. NORTHRUP left the Grove after a few years and occupied a
farm of three hundred and twenty acres, two miles north; here they lived
over a quarter of a century. The failing health of the younger daughter
making a change of climate necessary, induced them to sell and remove to
Mt. Ayr, where they had possessions.
In 1884, Mrs. NORTHRUP's health utterly failed and she was brought to
her daughter's, which place has since been their home. For several
years past she has enjoyed much in long visits to the daughter in
Colorado, and in October went to the states of New York and Pennsylvania
to visit three brothers and numerous relatives and friends, returning on
Thanksgiving Day. She had suffered much, not knowing what it was to
feel well for many years, but bore it all most patiently. Her last
illness was of but two weeks' duration, a sudden cold resulted in
A sorrowing throng assembled at the house to pay their last respects,
yet she will live in memory while life lasts. Much sympathy is felt for
the lonely husband and family and very much for the daughter who could
not be present from infirm health. Mr. George WOODBURY and Mrs. Libbie
YOUNG, to whom she was a second mother, were present, and many of Mr.
NORTHRUP's relatives of Humeston. It is needless to say she was a
favorite with all who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. NORTHRUP united with the
Presbyterian Church in Garden Grove in 1860. Rev. Robert BEER conducted
the exercises. The singing was excellent and one almost wished she
could hear it. The long procession made its way to the Garden Grove
Cemetery, where so many of the family have been laid away.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2008
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