Saturday, October 31, 2009

Obituary: Mary Brown Meyers KEPHART (1849-1936)

Obituary. Mary Brown Meyers KEPHART (1849-1936). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Life's Labor Ended for Much Loved Mother

Mrs. Mary B. Kephart passed peacefully away at an early hour Friday morning, August 28, at her home in Lakefield, of infirmities due to her advanced age. She was taken seriously ill on her 87th birthday, June 3rd, and was confined to her bed most of the time since. She was 87 years, two months and 25 days old.

Mary B. Meyers was born at Dubuque, Iowa, on June 3, 1849, and passed away on August 28, 1936. She was married to Alfred B. Kephart on December 26, 1867. He was a Civil war veteran, and passed away in December, 1921.

Mr. and Mrs. Kephart moved to Jackson county, Minnesota, in 1883, and had been continuous residents of the county ever since, where they also reared their family.

Twelve children were born to them, seven sons and five daughters. One daughter and three sons have passed away. Eight children, four sons and four daughters, survive. They are: (Bertha) Mrs. Eugene Palmer, Minot, North Dakota; (Lottie) Mrs. George Blakey, Jackson, Minnesota; (Ella) Mrs. Earnest Pearson of Jackson, Minnesota; (May) Mrs. R. R. Rost of Lakefield, Minnesota; Levi Kephart of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and William, Roscoe and Earl Kephart, all resiednts [sic] of Lakefield.

Mrs. Kephart is survived by three brothers: Joe Meyers of Jackson, Geo. Meyers of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Henry Meyers of Sangudo, Canada.

A good mother has gone to a wonderful reward. She will be sadly missed for a long, long, time for she was a wonderful friend and counselor and always ready with a willing hand to help anyone who needed it. Her influence will be felt for many years to come.

Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p. m. at her home in Lakefield, and at the M. E. church in Lakefield at 2 p. m. Burial was made in the Riverside cemetery at Jackson beside her husband. The floral tributes were most beautiful and bore silent testimony of love and esteem.


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