The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1927
OBITUARY - MRS. JOHN WESTERN.
Lina Jane MASON, daughter of Amos and Jincy MASON, was born in McClean (sic) county, Illinois, December
4, 1854, and departed this life near Beaconsfield, Iowa, December 27, 1927.
The deceased moved
with her parents to Lucas county, Iowa, in 1857. While yet a small girl her father died in the
Civil War [serving as a Private with Company E of the 34th Iowa Infantry], leaving the mother with a large family to endure the hardhsips and privations of
pioneer days. Nevertheless, Lina, as she grew to young womanhood, fitted herself for teaching and
successfully taught seventeen terms in the public schools.
Miss MASON was married, March 13, 1881,
to John A. WESTERN, and moved to Harrison county, Missouri
Ten years later she moved to
Ringgold county, Iowa, northwest of Beaconsfield, where she has resided ever since.
life she was converted and joined the United Brethren church. Later she transferred her membership
to the Methodist church, through which she gave as much in service as her health would permit.
Besides her husband, the departed leaves one son, Clarence A. WESTERN, who resides at Lake
Benton, Minnesota; a foster daughter, Mrs. Ed LONG, of Beaconsfield. These were both at her
bedside when the end came.
She also leaves to mourn three brothers, Harmon G. MASON, of
Humbolt, Iowa; Chas. E. MASON, of Chariton, Iowa; Perry MASON, Lacona, Iowa; two sisters, Miss.
Laura E. MASON, and Miss Mary I. MASON, both of Chariton, Iowa.
Also seven grandchildren: Wondell,
Ralph, and Jeanette WESTERN; Reta, Delma, Edwin, and Nolan LONG; besides a host of friends.
Lake the Master she served, she was always quiet, gentle, patient and loving. Although she
suffered much with a disease racked body, she never complained, always forgetting herself for
the welfare of others.
The end came quiet, peaceful and without a struggle at the
age of 73 years, and 23 days.
The funeral was from the Methodist church at Beaconsfield,
and was in charge of the pastor, Rev. SOELBERG. Burial was at athe cemetery at Afton, [Union
County], Iowa [Greenlawn Cemetery].
NOTE: John A. WESTERN, husband of Lina J. (MASON), was born
in 1857, and died in 1939 with interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, Afton, Iowa.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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