Thursday, September 27, 1928
AGED RESIDENT PASSED AWAY
Funeral Service of the Late Mrs. Nels Swanson Held Tuesday Afternoon
The funeral services of the late Mrs. Nels Swanson were held Tuesday afternoon at the home at two o'clock. Rev. Wm. Swanson in charge. The little home was filled with sympathizing friends and the many beautiful floral pieces told mutely of the esteem in which the deceased was held. Mrs. N. E. Denison sang two songs. The pallbearers were W. Elmendorf, Mr. Curtis, Wm. Furry, F. E Potter, T. F. Dillon and Frank Winans.
Eunice Swanson fell asleep in her home in Tampico, September 22, after a painful illness of several weeks duration, at the age of 80 years. She was born across the waters in Old England and came to America at the age of fourteen and settled in Toronto, Canada with her parents. The family remained here for a short time then came across the line and became residents of Buffalo, N. Y. and in this city she grew to womanhood. In 1871 she migrated westward and came to Chicago the week that city was swept by the awful conflagration that laid two-thirds of the city in ashes. In that city she united in marriage with the man of her choice and to that union, nine children were born. Six of these children died in infancy and two sons died after reaching manhood, leaving only one daughter , Mrs. Ethel Black. About four years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Nels Swanson who survives her. Besides her husband, Nels Swanson, Mrs. Black, husband and daughter, a step-son Arthur Swanson and a step-daughter Mabel Rogers are left to mourn her passing. Mrs. Swanson was a woman of intelligence, an energetic mood and a happy disposition, also a Christian character.
Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
September 26, 1928 - Wednesday, pg 6
Tampico: - Sept. 26 - Mrs. Eunice Swanson fell asleep in death at the home in Tampico, September __, after a painful illness of several weeks duration at the age of eighty years. She was born across the waters in old England and came to America at the age of fourteen and settled in Toronto, Canada., with her parents, where the family resided for a short period and then came across the line and became a resident in Buffalo, N.Y., and in this city she grew to womanhood. In 1871 she migrated westward and came to Chicago the very week that city was swept by the awful conflagration, that laid two thirds of the city in ashes. A stranger in the stricken city, with all her personal effects destroyed by fire, she was compelled to begin her struggle for existence with two empty hands and she made good.
In that city she united in marriage with the man of her choice and of that union nine children were born. Six of these children died in infancy and two died after reaching maturity, leaving only one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Black, with husband and daughter to mourn her departure; besides her husband Nels Swanson, a step daughter, Mrs. Isaacson, and Arthur Swanson, a stepson, all resident in Chicago except Mr. Swanson and son.
About four years ago she was married to Mr. Swanson who survives her and they both gave testimony to a happy comradeship and they had hoped that the going down of the sun might yet be delayed a few years. Mrs. Swanson was a woman of intelligence, of energetic mood, and a happy disposition. She was a disciple of Christ of the old school, who waited for the coming of her Lord when the day was done.
These latter months she suffered great pain from an incurable ailment and toward the last she longed intently for the Homeland. Little more than half an hour before she passed away a friend came into the sickroom. She reached up her hand and said, "I know that man." She held his hand tight for a few minutes, told in whisper that she was in pain and desired to go home, and after a half hour of labored breathing she was gone to be with her Lord.
She was solicitous that others might not lose their way home to your father's house and bade her friend to include all in his prayer circle. Now that her lips are silent and no longer pleading for any of us, others are going to make her prayers come true. She never grew tired of telling about her beloved daughter and her splendid companion.
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