Tampico Tornado, May 8, 1897
Marion MInervia Heavens was born at Moriah, New York, August 2, 1824, and died at Prophetstown, Illinois, April 25, 189,7 at 72 years, 8 months and 23 days. She was united in marriage to M. C.? McKenzie, October 30, 1849. Three children, one son and two daughters came to brighten for a time their lives. They all, however, preceded their mother to the grave; the son and one daughter dying in infancy, the other daughter, May, the pride and joy of their lives, lived to young womanhood before being taken away.
In 1852 Mrs. McKenzie in company with her husband moved to California where they resided until 1860 when they returned to their old home in New York. They did not remain there long, but in 1863 came to Prophetstown, Illinois, in the vicinity of which place they have since resided. For years their home been on their farm in Hume, where friends were always welcome. Mrs. McKenzie's womanhood was of the highest type and enough in praise of her cannot be said. Her good nature and pleasing ways made friends of all with whom she associated. Age only added to her worth, but fate was against her and for some time past she had been suffering from cancer. She went to Kansas City, Missouri, to receive treatment this last winter and returned home apparently cured. The disease soon renewed, however, and for four weeks past she has suffered the most intense pain. At last, death was merciful and took her from this land of sorrow and pain to the land where these are unknown.
She was a prominent member of Minervia Chapter O.E.S. and it was the sisters and brothers of this society who spoke the last words of esteem and affection at the grave. The funeral services were held at her late home, Thursday, April 29, at 11 o'clock a.m. Rev. Davis Allen preaching the sermon. Interment was made in the family lot of the Prophetstown cemetery.