The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1929
PIONEER MOTHER CALLED IN DEATH
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sarah C. TALLEY
Held Tuesday Afternoon at M. E. Church.
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah C. TALLEY, who died Sunday, January 13, at the home in
West Union, Iowa, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Mount Ayr M. E. church.
Mrs. TALLEY was among the earliest settlers of Ringgold county, and her home was in the
Diagonal vicinity and Mount Ayr for more than fifty years. The body, accompanied by the
son, G. H. TALLEY of Victor, and the daughter, Miss Nora TALLEY of West Union, was
brought Tuesday morning to Diagonal and from that city to Mount Ayr, where at the
church of which she was a member during the many years of her residence in this city,
relatives and friends met to pay their final tribute of love and respect.
Sarah Catherine KELLER was born March 2, 1841, in the state of Ohio, With her parents
she emigrated to Ringold (sic) county in 1856, arriving here in October. There were
twenty in the party that made the long trip by covered wagon and a settlement was
established at old Goshen, one and one-half miles west of Diagonal.
On December 25, 1860, she was married to Benjamin F. TALLEY and to this union was born
ten children, of whom three now survive, viz., Lloyd of Bushnell, Fla.; Gilbert H. of
Victor, and Nora M. of West Union, Iowa.
After a number of years spent on the farm
the family removed to Mount Ayr where Mrs. TALLEY resided until after the death of her
husband on September 23, 1907. She then removed to West Union to make her home with her
daughter, Mrs. W. H. BEALL, and for the past 19 years her home had been in that city.
About six months ago the infirmities of old age began to tell upon her and she became
bedfast. Ten days ago she began to fail rapidly and the end came peacefully on Sunday,
January 13, 1929. Her passing was like that of a person falling into sleep to waken
inside the portals of heaven. Her age was 87 years, 10 months and 11 days.
Mrs. TALLEY was one of the charter members of the old Bethel M. E. church in Grant
township, one of the earliest churches established in the county. Of the other surviving
charter members only two, Mr. and Mrs.
Isaac TALLEY, now remain, and they are now past ninety years of age.
[They both died later in the month.] She was a pioneer mother in the truest sense of
the term, a faithful member of the church and a consistent christian from her earliest
girlhood to her death, a period covering more than seventy years.
The body was brought
to Mount Ayr Tuesday and interred beside her husband in the beautiful Rose Hill cemetery.
Her nephew, Rev. Roy TALLEY, of Bedford, delivered a touching and appropriate address
in which he referred to the beautiful christian life and its far-reaching influence for good.
NOTE: Benjamin F. TALLEY, husband of Sarah Catherine (KELLER), was born in 1841, and
died on September 23, 1907.
History of the TALLEY Family, by B. F. TALLEY, 1937
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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