The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1933
OBITUARY - WILLIAM PEERY.
William PEERY was born in Muscatine county, Iowa, October 20, 1851, and passed to his eternal reward from the farm home where he
had continuously lived for sixty-two years, Sunday, December 30, 1928, at the advanced age of 77 years, two months and two
days. On October 18, 1877, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary
Elizabeth DAVIS and for more than fifty-one years they traveled together across the journy of time a privilege and blessing
not privileged to many. To them was born one daughter, Luella, a beautiful and lovely character, precious in their hearts
and lives. She was called to her heavenly home two years ago last May. In early life he took upon himself the vows of a christian
life, accepting Christ as his personal savior and through the course of his long christian experience maintained his unwavering
confidence in the power and surity of the Redeemer's presence in his life. He gave his hand to the Methodist Espicopal
church at the time he gave his heart and allegience to Jesus Christ and through all the years of his active life even with
old age and death he was faithful and loyal to the church and all its interest. Thus without ostentation and perhaps,
unconsciously he builded a character and stamped the impress of his life indelibly upon those with whom he associated for so
many years for the betterment of the moral and spiritual welfare of the community. His business and social relations were on a
high plane of absolute justice and integrity and a genial and generous spirit. The PEERY home was an open door for the
ministers and the hospitality and warm christian fellowship evoked the gratitude of all who came to this open home. Mr. PEERY
was a loyal, faithful husband, a devoted and loving father, a generous neighbor and open friend to all.
Thus his life's work
is done, his earthly history written and he has entered into the eternal reward, and leaves as golden treasures for all who knew him
a life well lived and service well done. Beside his wife, nephews and nieces and a vast concourse of friends bow in sorrow at
his passing, but are consoled in the promise of a final reunion beyond the confines and uncertainty of time.
services were held at his late home Wednesday, January 2, at one o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. W. H. LARRICK, of Derby,
Iowa, a former pastor, and all that mortal of Wm. PEERY was laid to rest in the Cornwall cemetery
[Shannon City, Union County, Iowa] awaiting the ressurrection morn.
NOTE: Luella (PEERY) GRIMES, daughter of William and
Mary Elizabeth (DAVIS) PEERY, was interred at Cornwall Cemetery. The cemetery records list William as "William
PERRY." Cornwall Cemetery is also known as Haight Cemetery and/or Silver Street Cemetery.
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