May 1, 1924
OBITUARY ~ CAROLINE (BYE) PINER
Caroline Bye, daughter of Robert and Sarah Bye was born near Newark, New Jersey, June 7, 1850; died at her home in Clearfield, Iowa, April 1,1923, aged 72 years 9 months and 24 days. At the age of six years she moved with her parents to Illinois, living, first in Fulton, then in Knox county.
She was united in marriage to Robert Piner on Dec. 24, 1872. To them were born six children — Roberta, Henry, Charles, Mabel, Mattie and Mary. Henry and Charles passed away in childhood, Roberta in 1894. In August of 1875 they came to Taylor County locating on a farm six miles south of Clearfield, where they lived until 1897, coming then to Clearfield to give the children the
advantage of a good school, but Mattie and Mabel were victims of the diphtheria epidemic in 1899, and passed away within a few days of each other, saving only one child, Mary. Mr. Piner died in March of 1906.
Mrs. Piner was a member of the Methodist Church, and lived a beautiful Christian life. For several years she has been practically an invalid. She leaves to mourn her loss her daughter Mary, who had cared so tenderly and faithfully for her; her nephew, E. V. Messier, who for eighteen years has made his home with them, and has been to her all that a son could be; two grandchildren, P. R Ryan and Mrs. Mary Seth of Minnesota; six great grand children; a number of nieces and nephews and many friends.
The funeral services were held the residence on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 3d. The Pastor, Rev. Calkins, spoke from portions of the 90th and 91st Psalms. Interment was made in Clearfield Cemetery, where she lies at rest by the husband and children gone by.
Transcription by Lorelei Rusco, November of 2011
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