||Death of an Aged Pioneer
Isabelle Moore was born near Belfast, Ireland, Aug. 12th, 1823, and died at the home of her son, N. M. McMurrin, near Morley, Iowa, Feb. 13th, in her 83rd year. She was the eldest and last surviving member of a family of ten children.
She was married to Wm. McMurrin in the year 1846, with whom she lived happily till his death March 3rd, 1879. Coming to Jones county among the first settlers, they shared the privations of a pioneer life.
To them were born ten children, two of whom preceded their mother to the home beyond, the youngest daughter dying in infancy and Mrs. Mina E. Snyder, who died in 1892. The remaining six sons and two daughters, with the exception of D. H., who lives in Nebraska, were present at the funeral. Being of Scotch parentage, she was brought up in the good old Scotch Presbyterian faith, the principles and truths of which, learned in childhood, guided her steps through life. She united with the United Brethren church at Forest Chapel in its early days, and although for many years too feeble to attend in body, the prayers of her heart were always with God's people. Her long life has been full of deeds of neighborly kindness and Christian charity. She was a woman of superior mental and physical ability and will be greatly missed in the homes of her children, where she was ever ready to help in times of sickness or trouble, until a little over a year ago a fall, which gave her a broken arm, rendered her almost entirely helpless. Since then she has been tenderly cared for in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah Duncan. Although suffering greatly from pain and weakness, she was ever cheerful and thoughtful of those around her, waiting patiently the call to join her loved ones gone before. Besides her eight children she leaves over forty grandchildren and several great grandchildren who will always retain a tender loving memory of Grandma McMurrin. Although we will see her pleasant face no more, she lives in the hearts of her many friends and will not be forgotten till we meet to part no more.
The funeral services were held Friday at 2 P. M., February 16, at Forest Chapel, where a large congregation of her friends and neighbors had assembled to pay their last respects to Grandma McMurrin.
Rev. A. King, her pastor, had charge of the services and she was laid to rest by the side of her companion in the Forest Hill cemetery.
Submitted by: Dawn Townsend