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Ellen Kelly McNamara
A Noble Mother Gone. Death of Mrs. Patrick McNamara
At 1:00 o'clock p.m., on Saturday, March 3rd, occurred the death of Mrs. Patrick McNamara. She was a patient sufferer for several weeks from bronchitis. She died at the family home near Wyoming, fortified by all the consolations of her holy religion, surrounded by loved ones and grateful to a merciful Lord for his many gifts and graces.
Ellen Kelly was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1842. She came with her parents to America in 1854 and resided in Philadelphia, where, in 1870 she was united in marriage to Patrick McNamara. Soon after the young couple came west, hopeful for their future, and located near Wyoming, Iowa, their present home.
How mysterious are the ways of Divine Providence. Death invades this once happy home and takes away a devoted wife and kind mother. A husband and six children lament her irreparable loss: Miss Ella, Miss Mary, Mrs. George Hart of Stuart, Iowa, Mrs. A.H. Leresche of Wyoming, Iowa, also Miss Ann and Miss Kathryn, who, being the youngest, will feel the loss of mother most. Two sisters still survive---Mrs. Bessie Breheny of Rock Island, Ill and Mrs. Conlin of Philadelphia. The funeral took place at 9:00 o'clock a.m. Monday, March 5th, from the family residence. Interment was at Baldwin, Iowa. The funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. John Nolan, of Oxford Junction, Iowa.
In her sermon the good father spoke words of comfort and consolation to the grief-stricken husband and children, while his appropriate remarks impressed and were much appreciated by all. Despite the melancholy of the watchers a very large number of sympathizing relatives and friends of every class followed the remains to their last resting place. Those in attendance from a distance were: Mrs. Bessie Breheny, Mrs. J.T. Shields, and Mr. T.S. O'Hara of Rock Island, Ill; Mrs. Kelley and two children, John and Stella, of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Burns of Carroll, Iowa; Mrs. Flanigan of Peoria, Ill; Mrs. John Foley and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, John and Thomas Foley of Delona, Iowa; John Gilroy and sisters, Minnie and Agnes, of Lost Nation, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Hanson, Mr. and Mrs. Gorman, Dr. T.C. Gorman and Miss Cecelia, John Chesire and Miss Julia of Anamosa, Iowa.
In the midst of the drifting snow the mortal remains of a true mother were laid to rest. A new grave is seen on the hillside. The wintry winds seemed to sigh a sad requiem over the silent sleeper and mingling with the words of the priests, to say to all present: "Dust to dust is the requiem of all." A true Christian mother has gone to her eternal reward. Mourned by all who knew her, her memory and example will live to encourage, inspire and comfort the dear ones she loved so well. She was, indeed, nature's noble woman. None knew her but to love her; none named her but to praise.

Submitted by: Laura Kendall
Source: The Wyoming Journal, Thursday, March 15, 1900

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