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Nettie Maria Sleeper
February 5, 1864 – May 19, 1901
Death of Miss Nettie Sleeper

Nettie Sleeper is dead. The announcement of that sad event, last Sabbath at noon, brought sorrow into every home in Monticello, and the little children who knew her and loved her, wondered why it was, and talked of her goodness and mercy. Miss Sleeper had taught for 14 years in the primary department of the Mouticollo schools Every pupil who is now in the schools, including the high school students, except those who have entered from other spools, has been under her instruction, She was patient tender, persuasive and stimulating in the school room, with the supreme ability to impart knowledge to the little ones who were just opening their inquiring eyes upon the rudiments of learning. She gained their confidence because she gave them the sympathy of a mother, and they repaid it all by making splondid progress in their mental development. Miss Sleeper leaves the record of her good inlluence impressed on hundreds of young minds. It is a monument such as only the teacher can have, and it will endure as long as grateful hearts cherish the memory of her inlluence.
Nettie Maria Sleeper, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Sleeper, was born at Monticello, February 5th, 1864. She was educated in tho public schools of this city, and received a diploma of graduation from the high school. She became a teacher, and gained a reputation for primary work. She was taken ill three weeks before her death with jaundice. Typhoid fever followed, and the disease refused to yield to medical treatment. Her condition was not considered as serious until the day before her death. Alarming symptoms then developed, and she sank rapidly, until death came Sunday noon.
The funeral services woro conducted at tho Congregational church, last Tuesday aftornoon, by Rev. C. C. Warner, assisted by Rev. J. W. Innes. The members of the school board attended in a body, and the school children occupied reserved seats. The church was, crowded with friends who mourned the death of the good teacher. The casket was covered with a wealth of floral offerings. Interment was had in Oakwoods cemetery.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 23 May 1901

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