Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
October 5, 1926 - Tuesday
JANE LINDSAY "Jennie" (Sanders) MAXWELL
Beloved Woman Buried Sunday - Rites of Mrs. Jennie Maxwell Conducted at Tampico Methodist Church
Tampico: - Ill., Oct. 5 - (Special) - Mrs. Jennie Maxwell, for many years a resident of Tampico passed away on Friday evening about 7 o'clock at her late home where she had resided for about 12 years. She was a woman of high standard of a quiet, unassuming disposition, was a good neighbor and a true friend.
The funeral services were held at the M.E.church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Theo. Meyer of Baptist church officiating in the absence of regular pastor. Hymns were sung by Mrs. Robert Hillier. The floral offerings were a testimony of the esteem in which she was held in the community where she had lived most of her life. The casket bearers were R. H.McKenzie, Theo. Berge, Swan Anderson, John Strauss, and Roy Nelson. Interment was in Tampico cemetery.
Jane Lindsay Sanders, eldest daughter of Thomas A. and Margaret Sanders, was born at Keithburg, Mercer County, Illinois, Feb. 14, 1857, and departed this life Oct. 1, 1926, aged 69 years, 7 months and 17 days.
She had been in failing health for about two years past, and some seven months ago sustained injuries in a fall from which she never fully recovered, but steadily failed until the end.
At the age of five years she moved with her parents to Monmouth, Ill., where she received her education and grew into womanhood. On November 20, 1877, she was united in marriage to John E. Maxwell at Princeton, Ill., the couple moving to Mt. Pleasant, Kansas, where they made their home. To this union one son was born, John Glenn Maxwell. Mr. Maxwell passed away October 9, 1882, and soon after the mother removed to the vicinity of Yorktown, Ill., taking up the occupation of teaching music.
After following this occupation for about two years, she engaged in school teaching and for a number of years was one of the most successful teachers of Bureau and Whiteside counties, and for several years taught most successfully in the Tampico public school.
Some 12 years ago she gave up her work to care for her parents in their declining years, establishing a home in Tampico where she gave them the best of care and attention until they were called to their reward. Mr. Sanders passed away twelve years ago, the mother being spared to her family until January 25, 1926.
Mrs. Maxwell was a musician of more than ordinary ability and for a number of years was leader of the choir of the Tampico Methodist church, and was ever ready and willing to be of assistance in putting on musical programs, where her careful training made her especially helpful.
She was a woman of the highest character, a devoted mother, daughter and sister, and was held in the highest esteem by all with whom she came in contact. She was a member of the Tampico M. E. church, and active in the work of that organization until failing health compelled her to give up all activities.
During her illness she was tenderly cared for by her devoted son, who was at her bedside night and day, striving by the most tender and devoted care to make her last days more comfortable, and who never left her but for a few minutes of rest when absolutely necessary.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her son John Glenn Maxwell, at home, three sisters, Mrs. Charlotte E. Booz of Chicago, and Mrs. Margaret Scott and Mrs. H. J. Russell of Tampico, besides other more distant relatives and hosts of sincere friends. One sister, Mrs. Mary Briggs passed away in July 1922.
In the passing of Mrs. Maxwell, the community has suffered the loss of one of its highly respected residents, and one whose influence was ever exerted for the advancement of its welfare and progress.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E.Erickson of Clinton, Iowa, were among those from out of town at the funeral services.