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Mary Alice Wagoner Byerly
January 27, 1855–March 1, 1926
Mary Alice Waggoner, second child of Wesley and Nancy Waggoner, was born near Anamosa, Iowa on January 27th, 1855, and departed this life March 1st, 1926, being 71 years, 1 month and 4 days.
She received her education in the country school and later in the Anamosa public school.
At the age of eighteen she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Baptist church at Fairview. After moving to Anamosa, she became a member of the First Baptist church of this place. She was an active member until her health began to fail. She expressed her willingness to depart from this life and told her sister she was ready and prepared to go.
In 1875, she was united in marriage to Franklin Byerly of Onslow. To this union 5 children were born all of whom died in young childhood. A year ago in March she and Mr. Byerly celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and it was very much enjoyed by them and their friends and relatives who had planned it for them.
She was a charter member of the Royal Neighbors and a most faithful member and it was always an enjoyment for her to be with them in their gatherings. She was also a member of the Relief Corps.
In her last illness she was a most patient sufferer and showed her gentlness and kindness as only a true christian can do.
She leaves to mourn her loss a kind husband, one brother, Hilton Waggoner of Kansas City, one sister, Mrs. Edith Finnigan of this city and a number of nieces and nephews who have shown their devotion to her in her last illness. Her father, mother, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Submitted by: Jim Christianson & Joanne Wilken
Source: Anamosa Eureka, 25 March 1926.
Note: The Anamosa Journal had this additional information: "Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 at the Loder Undertaking parlors, in charge of Rev. M. L. Dilley of the Baptist church. The remains will be placed in the vault at Riverside cemetery awaiting better road conditions when interment will be made in a cemetery out of town." Frank and Mary Alice Wagoner Byerly are buried at Forest Hill cemetery. Her name is frequently spelled Wagoner. (RH)


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