Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Sterling Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
March 8, 1932 - Tuesday, pg 8
Church Filled For Funeral of Miss Stevens, 11 - Daughter Greatly Missed By Parents -
Death Result of Flu
Tampico: - Funeral services for Mildred Stevens, the 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stevens, were held in the Stevens home at 1:30 o'clock and in the Tampico Baptist Church at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. R. E. Clearwaters, pastor of the Baptist Church. Rev. Clearwaters used as his text Zachariah 8:5, "And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof," and a portion of Jeremiah 15:5, quoting "Her sun is gone down while it was yet day."
The processional, "The Funeral March," by Chopin, was played by V. R. Olmstead of Prophetstown. Two hymns, "Jewels" and "Safe In the Arms of Jesus," were beautifully sung by Mrs. V. R. Olmstead and Mrs. Harry Eschelman, both of Prophetstown. Mr. Olmstead played the piano accompaniment. The recessional, "Musical Study," by Kullak, was also played by Mr. Olmstead.
Many Floral Offerings
The church was filled with sympathetic relatives and friends who assembled to pay tribute to a loved one. Beautiful floral offerings brought to their hour their silent message of love and sympathy.
The casket was attended by Curtis Hammond, Fred Lofgren and Donald Graham of Prophetstown, Leland Stevens of Varna, and Raymond Foy and Leland Murray of Tampico.
Out-of-town relatives and friends present were: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ostrler of ElPaso; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stevens and son Leland of Varna; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stevens of Ashton; Mrs. Harry Hammond, Curtis Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Olmstead, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Raser, Ed Kemmis, Carl Sandrock, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eshelman, Mrs. Mabel Woodruff, Mrs. Tom Robb, Mr. and Mrs. Ham Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fassett, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bayles, Mrs. Arthur Ackeberg, Mrs. Tracy Fullerton, Mrs. Glenn Graham, Donald Graham, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chapin of Prophetstown; Mrs. Ralph Haring of Clinton, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kennath of Eight Mile; and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Winkler of Hooppole.
Mildred Howland Stevens was born October 6, 1920, on her grandfather's farm southeast of Prophetstown, and passed away at the home of her parents southwest of Tampico, March 5, 1932, at the age of 11 years, four months and 18 days, after an attack of influenza followed by pneumonia, closing a short, happy, useful life.
She was always thoughtful of others and her sunny smile and ready wit will be sorely missed by those who loved her. She was a member of the Tampico Baptist Church and took an active part in its work.
She leaves to mourn her loss her father and mother, a sister Marjorie Ellen, with whom she often sang in public, a baby brother, Marshall Irwin, and a little cousin, Kenneth Raymond, who were the delight of her heart, also grandparents, uncles, an aunt, cousins and a host of friends.
(Burial: Leon Cemetery)