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Caroline Matilda Luce Parks
February 15, 1835 – February 2, 1920

The death of this former resident of Wyoming and Anamosa occurred in St. Louis in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Etta Jones, and the remains were brought to Anamosa for burial. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church at 3:30 P. M. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. E. A. Lang, followed by interment at Riverside. She was the wife of Mr. S. D. Parks, well known in Anamosa in the sixties and later and who was constable for many years. His death occurred probably forty years ago.
Mr. Israel Luce, who died in Anamosa several years since, was a brother of Mrs. Parks and the father of the four preachers so prominent in the Methodist denomination, and Miss Myra Luce, of Anamosa.
The services were, simple and Mr. Lang's remarks indicated very appropriately the serene Christian character of the deceased. The obituary is as follows:
Caroline M. Luce Parks was born Feb. 15, 1835, at Elmira, N. Y. She came to Iowa with her parents in October, 1856, and settled in Wyoming where she was married to Stephen D. Parks, June 15, 1859. Seven children were born to this union, three of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. Etta. Jones, of St. Louis, Mo.; Geo. W. and C. G. Parks, of Cedar Rapids, and M. D. Parks, of Newton, Iowa. Mrs. Parks was one of a family of twelve children of William F. and Julia A. Luce and is survived by two brothers and two sisters—Samuel Luce, of Fayette, Iowa; William F. Luce, of Clinton; Mrs. Sarah King, of Clinton; and Mrs. Azelia Dow, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was a faithful member of the M. E. church for many years.
Mrs. Lawrence Miller and Mrs. J. A. Belknap sang "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" and "Sweet Bye-and-bye," with Mrs. Skinner as accompanist.

Source: Anamosa Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 20 February 1920. page 1

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