| Elvira Jane Stivers Hathaway Monroe
June 15, 1855–November 10, 1929
|Mrs. Elvria Monroe a pioneer resident in Olin and community, died at her home in Olin last Sunday morning at 5 o'clock. Mrs. Monroe was 74 years old, and came to Iowa from Ohio, when she was only six months old, and since then has made her home in the vicinity about Olin and in the city.
Funeral services for Mrs. Monroe were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the local Methodist Church with the Rev. M. H. McKinley in charge. Burial was made in the local cemetery. Following is the obituary as read by the Rev. McKinley during the service:
On the 15th day of June 1855 in Meigs County, Ohio, a new spirit came into this world. She dwelt among us here for seventy-four years, four months and twenty-six days. At the tender age of six months Elvira Jane Stivers came to Iowa with her parents James and Elizabeth Clark Stivers settling in Pleasant Valley. With the exception of two years she has lived in and near here ever since. That means she was one of the very old settlers of this community.
In 1874 she was united in marriage to Mr. Hathaway. During the following year this young couple drove through to Kansas in a covered wagon. They had to return at the end of a two year stay in Kansas on account of Mr. Hathaway's health. He died soon after their return. The young widow entered into her second marriage on the twenty-eighth day of May 1879, with Samuel V. Monroe. Two sons were born to this union, J. G. Monroe of Olin, and Clarence Monroe.
Mrs. Monroe entered the church while she was still a young girl and has been devoted to all interest of the building of God's kingdom throughout the years. She was a member of the D.E.R. circle and had always been active in caring for the sick and the needy until she was stricken in health.
For the last twenty-one years she and Mr. Monroe have lived in Olin. During the epidemic of influenza in 1918 she went to the bedside of her son when she was only partially recovered from an attack of the same disease. She underwent a relapse which left her a cripple for the remaining years of her life.
For the last seven years she has been confined to her bed and chair. Through all this she was patient and cheerful while the life stream was slowly ebbing out into the vast unknown ocean. During the last two weeks there were marked signs of growing weakness and at 5 a.m. Sunday morning, November 10, 1929 she quietly stepped out the door without any evidence of sound or struggle. This it would seem was a fitting climax to the calm poise of Christian character and the serenity of soul which marked her days on earth.
She was preceded in death by her son, Clarence, on the 11th day of October, 1918, and by her husband August 10, 1929. There remain to mourn her absence, her son; five sisters, Mrs. Alice Hayden, Mrs. Olive Glenn, Mrs. Emma Story, Mrs. Elizabeth James of Olin, and Mrs. Nellie Osborn of Kansas; three brothers, Charles D. Stivers, Daniel W. Stivers, and James C. Stivers of Olin; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, other relatives, and a wide circle of friends.
Submitted by: Charles R. Stivers, her great-grandnephew.
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