May 17, 1923
OBITUARY ~ CYNTHIA ELVIA (PRATT) NEVILL
Cynthia Elvira Pratt was born in Johnson Co, Iowa, Jan. 28, 1853, and departed this life May 8, 1923, aged 70 years, 3 months, 11 days. She moved with her parents to Lawrence Kansas in 1860, where sorrow entered the home, bereaving her of a mother's love and care. The same year the father took his family back to Washington Co. Iowa., where she resided until Dec. 10, 18G8, when she was united in marriage to Blanchard Nevill of Washington, la. In the year 1873, she and her husband decided to hunt a new location and moved to Ringgold Co., where they spent 47 years working and living happily for the interest of their family.
In 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Nevill retired from the arduous farm duties, and came to Clearfield that they might take life easier and enjoy the privilege of church. They both, having united with the Methodist church in 1883 under the pastorate of Fred Harris. As long as health and strength permitted she attended the religious services regularly and took an interest in the Missionary work. She was a bright Christian and leaves an example worthy of emulation. Of her life it can truly be said that she was an upright honorable woman and highly esteemed for her many virtues, by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She had been a member of the W. R. C. for a number of years.
Mrs. Neville was a kind and thotful wife and mother, living for and with her family, as her world over which she reigned with a kind and loving heart. Her last illness dates from June 1922 and for months she had been near the border clinging to life by only a slender thread, and was carefully ministered to by loving hands who made her last hours as easy as possible.
To mourn her departure remain her husband, one daughter Stella Frances Hidlay; three sons; John Adelbert, Boyd Blanchard, and Lester Earl. Three daughters preceded the mother in death; Mary and Leila May in infancy, and Lizzie Etta at the age of 19 years; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Nichols and Mrs. John White of Diagonal; Mrs. Viola Black of Iowa City; and Mrs. Mart Benson of Des Moines, Iowa: two step-brothers, Arthur E Benson of Long Mount Colorado, and J.P. Benson of Eureka Springs, Ark., and also a large number of other relatives and a multitude of acquaintances.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. Calkins. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011
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