Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
May 4, 1933 - Thursday, pg 10
IDA JOSEPHINE (McCarthy) BECKER HARRINGTON
Final Rites Of Ida Harrington - Obsequies Held at Tampico On Wednesday
Tampico - Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Harrington were held at the Tampico Baptist church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. W. W. Maxwell, pastor of the Tampico Methodist church in charge. Rev. Maxwell based his sermon of comfort on the text taken from First Corinthians, 15-54, "This mortal must put on immortality."
Three chosen hymns, "Asleep in Jesus," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," and "Life's Twilight Hour," were sung by Mrs. Claude Love and Mrs. R. P. Loudenburg accompanied at the piano by Mrs. N. E Denison. Many beautiful floral offerings brought their silent message of love and sympathy. Members of the Woman's Relief Corp of which Mrs. Harrington was a faithful member, attended the services in a body. Friends attending the casket were: H. A. Maxfield, Glenn Wroten, L. E. Smith, L. E. Chapin, E. W. Meredith, and F. O. Gerber.
Ida Josephine Harrington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy, was born Oct. 23, 1857 in Milwaukee, Wis., and passed away May 1, 1933, at 10:30 a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Sanders at Franklin Grove, Ill. While she was very young her father died, and her mother married Mr. Eddy. Two brothers, William and John, also preceded her in death. She went through the Chicago fire, when her family lost their home. They took refuge in a church basement where they made their home while the process of rebuilding was going on.
In 1880 she was married to Edward Theodore Becker in Chicago. To this union were born four children, Walter Edward, Ralph William, Ruth Mina, and Arthur Sanford. In 1890 her husband died, leaving her with four small children. With her four children and her widowed mother she moved to Sandwich, Ill. Here she engaged in the millinery business for about 12 years, enabling her to educate the children and bring them up in a Christian home.
March 3, 1904 she was united in marriage to Sumner M. Harrington at Sandwich, Ill., moving to Tampico, Ill., where they lived until the death of Mr. Harrington. From then on she spent her summers in Tampico to be with her friends. In 1926 her daughter Ruth and children came to Tampico to be with her mother, remaining with her constantly, since. A few years ago she suffered a stroke, but seemed to recover nicely, but finally failing in health, passed away May 1, 1933, aged 75 years, 6 months and 9 days.
Mrs. Harrington is survived by four children, Walter Edward Becker, Ralph William Becker, Ruth Mina Sanders, and Arthur Sanford Becker; also five grandchildren, Idesta Wetzell, Walter Becker Jr., Ralph Becker Jr., William Becker and Robert Maxwell.