The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1926
OBITUARY - MRS. MARY J. POOR.
Mary Jane BAIRD was born in Putnum county, Indiana, October 12th, 1849, and departed this life at her home in east Mount
Ayr March 1st, 1926, aged 76 years, four months and 20 days.
She was the eldest child of Samuel and Millie (PARKS) BAIRD,
which family came to Ringgold county as early settlers in the year 1853, locating on the prairie near what is now the town
of Redding. Here she endured with her parents the experiences of pioneer life. On April 11, 1867, she was united in
marriage with John Marshall Poor, settling first in Clinton township,
later in the year 1875 they moved to their new home in Rice township where they lived until the fall of 1901 when they
moved to Mount Ayr where for the most part she has since lived. To this union were born eight children - four sons and four
daughters, one son, Orville D., dying October 16, 1882. The living children are Eugene W. of Des Moines, Mrs. C. C. ANDERSON,
of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. J. W. SALTZMAN of Des Moines, Willie W. and Elmer R. of Mount Ayr, Mrs. J. E. HOLDEN of Independence,
and Mrs. Pearl B. MAPEL of Mount Ayr. Besides these she leaves fifteen living grandchildren and two great grandchildren,
one grandson, also named Orville POOR, died at an early age; also three brothers and five sisters, many other relatives and
a host of friends who mourn her departure. She was bereft of her husband on May 29, 1908.
Mrs. POOR was converted early
in life, uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church and continuing a faithful and consistent member until her passing.
Her life was long and useful, full of good deeds and loving service to her family and friends. She thought of others rather
than herself, many times denying herself for the sake of helping others. She was a home queen, giving her finest qualities
in moulding the lives of her children and bestowing her full measure of devotion to her grandchildren living with her in
She was stricken with the fatal malady February 12th; for a time there was hope but her physical strength failed.
She was so patient in her suffering, being solicitous of the comfort and welfare of those who cared for her, conscious
until the last and fully realizing she could not recover, she truly endured to the end. A few days before her going she
expressed her hope. Said she, "I am resting in the Lord," and in that blessed faith her family rests its hope believing she
died as she lived. Her children rise up and call her blessed, and her memory will be as sweet perfume of a never-fading
The funeral was held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist church, being conducted by the pastor,
Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL, assisted by Rev. Ross WILLIAMS, pastor of the Church of Christ [with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery,
Six of the nephews acted as pall-bearers - Harry HULL, Perry CROUCH, John BAIRD, Lloyd BAIRD, Cecil JUDY and
The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful.CARD OF THANKS.
We are profoundly grateful to the friends and neighbors for the help and sympathy so generously bestowed during the
illness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our mother and for the many beautiful floral tributes.
E. W. POOR, Mrs. C. C. ANDERSON, Mrs. J. W. SALTZMAN, W. W. POOR, Elmer POOR, Mrs. J. E. HOLDEN, Mrs. Pearl MAPEL.
NOTE: Samuel M. BAIRD, Mary Jane's father, was born in 1825, and died at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 25 days on
May 7, 1896. Millie Elizabeth (PARKS) BAIRD, Mary Jane's
mother, Was born July 20, 1832, and died on January 24, 1894. They were interred at Fairview Cemetery, Ringgold County,
Eugene W., son of Mary Jane (BAIRD) and John Marshall POOR, was born on February 22, 1868 and was interred
at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. Orville F. POOR, grandson of Mary Jane (BAIRD) and John Marshall POOR, was born on June 22, 1892, and died on March 4,
1897 with interment at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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