The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1923
DEATH of JOHN D. WILLEY.
John D[rake]. WILLEY was born March 3, 1848, in Noble county, Ohio, and died March 17, 1923, at his
home in Mount Ayr, Iowa, aged seventy-five years and fourteen days. At the age of fourteen
he came to Iowa, where he has since resided with the exception of a few years spent in Missouri.
For a few years he resided on a farm near Watterson prior to moving to Mount Ayr forty-one
years ago. Soon after moving to this city he became affiliated with the Church of Christ.
February 3, 1879, he was married to Martha M. THOMAS at Union Star, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. WILLEY
celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1920. Mrs. WILLEY died January 26, 1921. To the union
were born nine children, all of whom are living except Bessie Laura Ellen who died
July 15, 1899. The living children are Lizzie (Mrs. Eugene JACKSON), Boone, Iowa; Fannie
(Mrs. W. H. LONG) Mount Ayr; Joseph L., Des Moines; Frank S., Mount Ayr; Willard R.,
Mount Ayr; Willis R., Hillyard, Wash.; Edward H., Arnolds Park, Iowa; John Basil, Mount Ayr.
Deceased was a man of great physical strength and during his long residence in the county,
until the last years of his life, was employed as a contractor. He was known as a conscientious
The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at two o'clock from the home in east Mount
Ayr, conducted by Rev. Edgar PRICE, pastor of the Church of Christ, and the interment was
in Rose Hill cemetery [Mount Ayr].
NOTE: John's wife, Martha Marie (THOMAS) WILLEY was born in Ray County, Missouri on June 17,
1852, the daughter of John S. and Elizabeth (MILLER) THOMAS. She died in Mount Ayr on
January 26, 1921 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
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