The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1925
OBITUARY - MRS. F. M. THURMAN.
Mary McCALLA, daughter of James and Anna McCALLA, was born October 22, 1851,
in Philadelphia, Penn., and passed away at her son's home near Beaconsfield,
Iowa, June 30, 1925, age 73 years, 8 months and days (sic).
She came to Iowa with her parents in 1857 who settled on a farm near Clarinda
where she grew to womanhood. She was engaged in teaching school for three
years. She was married to Francis Marion THURMAN December 27, 1876. To this
union were born eleven children, Annie POOR of Maloy, James of Hatfield, Mo.,
Nancy KING of Hutchison, Kan., Albert of Shenandoah, Rosa WILLHOUSE of Lamor,
Calif., David of Grand River, Frank and Jess with whom she has been making
her home near Beaconsfield, and three children that died in infancy. The
husband preceded her in death September 15, 1921.
She united with the
Reform Presbyterian church when quite young and has lived a consecrated
She leaves to morn (sic) her loss besides the five sons and
three daughters, one sister, Jane COX of Blockton, and two brothers, James
McCALLA of Clarinda and S. G. McCALLA of Blockton, forty-one grandchildren
and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral was conducted from the
Church of Christ at Blockton by the pastor of the church and her body was
laid to rest beside her husband in the Blockton cemetery.
NOTE: Mary's husband Francis Marion THURMAN was born in 1855, and died on
September 15, 1921.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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