||Alspaugh Rites Held on Friday
The allotted span of life for Mrs. Mary Waggoner Alspaugh was 83 years, 4 months, 4 days. She was one of a large family of children born to Mr. and Mrs Anthony and Mary Ann Waggoner and her birth place was Harden Co., OH. Her birthday was 10/5/1854. At the tender age of but two weeks the family started for its new home in the distant west, and came to Iowa, which in that day was a very long journey. They came to Jackson township, Jones County, and in this vicinity the family made its home and the children came to maturity and started homes of their own.
Mrs. Eliza Belknap of Ames is the only member of this family left, and poor health has caused her to be bedridden for the past 3 years.
Mrs. Alspaugh was united in marriage to Samuel D Alspaugh on Nov. 12,1874, and for 28 years their home was made on a farm adjacent to Anamosa. Four children were born to them: Harry, who died 12/8/1936; Roy, who died 12/25 of this year; and Leona and Luella borh at home. There are two grandchildren, Lieutenant Ralph Alspaugh of the U S Army stationed in the Phillipines, and Mrs. Edna Stone of Cedar Rapids and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Alspaugh died in 1918. The family has lived in Anamosa since 1902. Mrs. Alspaugh was a member of the Methodist Episcopal chursh. Her gentleness and her Christian spirit were very evident during the illness with which she was afflicted so heavily. One could not find a more resigned and serene spirit than was hers even when the weight of illness lay so heavily on her spirit.
Her daughters ministered to her needs with a touching devotion, and when at last life ended, it was with a feeling of fitness that the loved ones commended the spirit of their dear mother to the kindly Master whose ways are true and just.
Funeral services were held at the Smykil Home for Funerals on February 11, 1938 at 2 o'clock. Conforming to the request of the deceased there was no singing at the service. Burial was made in the Riverside cemetery. The services were in charge of the Rev. H D Green, Methodist pastor.
Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
Source: Anamosa Eureka.