Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
April 25, 1927 - Monday, pg 6
EMMA C (Smith) GREENMAN
Pay Tribute To Memory Of Mrs. B. D. Greenman - Places of Business Closed During Services Held In Tampico Church
Tampico: - April 25 -- (Special) - The funeral services for Mrs. B. D. Greenman were held at her home on Main Street on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and were very largely attended. All places of business were closed during the funeral hour.
Rev. Theo Meyer of the Baptist Church, of which the deceased was a member, was in charge of the services and delivered a very helpful message, taking his text from St. John 6:20, "It is I; be not afraid." In his remarks he spoke briefly on the theme that when Jesus' voice is near, or when we live in His faith, there is nothing to fear. Those who knew the life of Mrs. Greenman best, know of her pure and sweet way in which she lived her own individual life, feel that the text was a very fitting one.
The floral tributes were living testimony of the esteem of many friends of the departed. Rev. Meyer read several hymns, favorites of Mrs. Greenman, and at the close he read, "Sometime We'll Understand." The casket bearers were Fred Howland, Jed Badgley, Ernest McKenzie, L. W. Denison, L. E. Smith, John Strouss, all old friends of the family. Interment was in the Tampico Cemetery.
Life of Mrs. Greenman
Mrs. Emma C. Greenman, nee Smith, was born in Eureka, Ill., April 11, 1866, and departed this life April 20, 1927. When but a child her parents came to Tampico and Mrs. Greenman has always made her home in this city. At a very early age she united with the Baptist church, of which she was a member at the time of her death. While for many years she was unable to attend services at the church, yet she was always interested in its welfare. She was made happy by the installation in her home of a radio, over which she heard many wonderful sermons which to her were very delightful. Her Christian experience was one of unusual beauty and her faith was ever bright and unfaltering.
On November 25, 1886, she was united in marriage to B. D. Greenman, who survives her. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her loss, two sisters, Mrs. J. S. Johnson, Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Ermyn Ludens of Sterling, and one brother, Dr. Ford A. Smith of Sterling, also six nieces and one nephew, and one grand nephew.