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  Clearfield Enterprise
Clearfield, Iowa
February 26, 1925

OBITUARY ~ SUSAN (WILKINSON) PAYNE

Susan Wilkinson was born March 19, 1841 in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, and came with her parents when three years of age to Henderson county, Illinois. She was married in 1857 to John Payne and this union continued unbroken for about 67 years until the death of Mr. Payne last April. To their union were born sixteen children of whom the greater number lived to maturity, and seven of whom are still living. These are Levi Payne of Enterprise, Oregon, Baxter Payne of Casper, Wyoming, Mrs. Addie Lovitt of Clearfield, Mrs. Maude Ferrell of Sioux City, Mrs. Luey Wells of Garden Grove, Calif.

She united with the Methodist church at the age of ten, and was ever a faithful member thereof during a period of nearly three quarters of a century.

Deceased was one of the early settlers in the community, and leaves in this community one sister, Mrs Catherine Wax, many nieces and nephews, and grandchildren and more remote relatives in other communities.

For many years during the active part of her life and until age forbid, she was one of the foremost in this country to lend a helping hand to those who were in need of help; especially to the sick, going many miles to minister to the suffering, always recognizing the fact that "In as much as you have done it to one of my little ones, you have done it unto me,"—Jesus.

Faithful to herself, her family, her Church and to God, she died being full of years and good works, knowing full well that "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord for henceforth they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”

Funeral services were held from the Methodist churchy Feb. 18, with the pastors participating and after which a concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives slowly wended their way to the city of the dead just outside the little city of Clearfield where all that was mortal of this good woman was tenderly laid to rest to await the resurrection of the Just.

Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011

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