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Maria Walston Coon
November 15, 1826–December 15, 1898
Died at her late residence near Oxford Junction Dec. 15, 1898, Mrs. Samuel Coon, aged 72 years and 1 month. Grandma Coon whose maiden name was Maria Walston, was born in Ross co., Ohio Nov. 15, 1826, and was married to Samuel Coon Jan. 13, 1842 and came to Iowa about 1849, and soon after settled on the place, she and her husband occupied until death separated then. Here they brought up their family of seven sons and two daughters, three daughters having died in childhood. Of her descendents there are living, besides her nine children, thirty-two grand children and eighteen great grandchildren. Although surrounded by all that could by desirable to make life full of happiness and comfort; a son and family in the house with her and another near at hand to care for her and minister to her wants, yet the last year of her life was full of sadness. The one who had walked by her side for over half a century as her chosen companion for life, was stricken with paralysis; about a year ago, and his mind became a blank. And the strong arm on whose support she had leaned in all those years of toil and effort in building up and beautifying their home, lay helpless as an infant. It is supposed that anxiety and care for her aged and invalid husband hastened her decease, which no one anticipated would precede that of her much afflicted husband whose end has been daily expected for some time past. The large concourse of friends and neighbors who followed her remains to their last resting place on earth, gave evidence of the esteem and high regard in which she was held by all who knew her.

Submitted by: Kathy Anthony
Source: Oxford Mirror, Thursday, 22 December 1898


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