Submitted by Sandi Hartnell
Death Takes Mrs. Minerva Lyon on Sunday Midnight
Passes Away At Age 87 At R.W. Olmstead Home in Prophetstown
Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois Monday, March 7, 1938
Mrs. Minerva Lyon, 87, one of the older residents of Whiteside county, was called to the Great Beyond at 11:59 p.m. Sunday at the home of a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R.. W. Olsmstead in Prophetstown. Mrs. Lyon had been in failing health for a number of years. The last 68 years of her life were spent in Whiteside county.
Funeral services will be held from the Dudley funeral chapel in Prophetstown at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, in charge of Rev. A.E. Simester of the Prophetstown Methodist church. Interment will be in the Tampico cemetery.
Minerva Miller Lyon was born January 23, 1851, at Lebanon, Ind., the daughter of John T. and Charlotte Miller. When she was two years of age the family moved to Wyoming, Iowa, making the trip in a covered wagon. She was educated in the Wyoming schools, and for a time taught school in Jones county, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Marcus Lyon of Morrison at the home of her parents, Feb. 28, 1870, following which they made their home on a farm three miles south of Morrison, which they purchased. Five years later the farm was sold and Mr. and Mrs. Lyon purchased the Coon farm in Tampico where they took up their residence. In 1900 they retired from the farm and moved to Tampico, where Mr. Lyon passed away June 5, 1908. Mrs. Lyon continued her residence in Tampico until June 1, 1927, when she went to Prophetstown to make her home with a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Olmstead, where she passed away.
Mrs. Lyon was a member of the Tampico chapter of the Eastern Star, of the Prophetstown woman’s Relief Corps, and the Prophetstown Methodist church.
Three sons, three daughters, one sister, 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren survive. The sons are Lewis J. of Sioux City, Iowa, Hubert B. of Prophetstown, and Marcus R. of Cedar Bluff, Iowa. The daughters, Mrs. R. W. Olmstead of Prophetstown, Mrs. S. E. Olmstead of Marinette, Wis., and Mrs. Lloyd Rife of Mobile, Ala. The sister is Mrs. John Brown of Pekin. Four daughters preceded in death. They are: Lottie, wife of Frank West; Minerva, wife of Charles Hartnell; Gracie, who passed away at the age of 11; Martha, who died at the age of 3. One brother Adolph and four sisters, Mrs. Addie Winslow, Mrs. Emma Green, Mrs. Jane Linsley and Mrs. Florence Brown, also preceded in death.
Submitted by Sandi Hartnell
Wednesday, March 9, 1938
DEATH SUMMONS PIONEER LADY SUNDAY NIGHT
Mrs. Minerva Lyon, a pioneer resident of Whiteside County, died at midnight Sunday at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Olmstead, with whome she had resided since June, 19, 1927. Mrs. Lyon passed her 87thanniversary January 23. She had been in failing health for about six months and her death resulted froma genral breakdown from old age.
Mrs. Lyon had resided in this county since 1870, when she and her husband, the late Marchus Lyon, moved from Wyoming, Ia., soon after their marriage to a farm three miles south of Morrison which the had pruchased. They sold this farm after five yers' residence there and bought the Coon farm in Tampico township now owned by her son-in-law, Frank West. They lived there 30 years, when they retired and located in Tampico. Mr. Lyon passed away June 5, 1908, and Mrs. Lyo continued to live in Tampico until June 1, 1927, when she came to Prphetstown to make her homewith her son-in-law and daughter.
The body was taken to the Dudly mortuary Monday morning and funeral services will be contducted at the Duley chapel by the Rev. A. E. Simester this (Wednesday) afternoon at 1:30. Burial will be at the Tampico cemetery. Pallbearers are Donald Goble, Wayne, Raymond and Kenneth Lyon, Lloyd Wildman, and Arnold Waite. Miss Harrisette Lyon, Mrs. Leonard Weber of Peoria will assist with the flowers. Lloyd Wildman will sing two selections, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. S. G. Wildman.
Minerva Miller Lyon, daughter of John T. and Charlotte Morris Miller, was born Jnuary 23, 1851, at Lebanon, Ind. Her parents movedoverland to Wyoming, Ia., in a covered wagon when Mrs. Lyon was two years old. She grew upin Wyoming and was educated in the schools there. She taught school a number of years in Jones County, Ia., and was married at her parents' home in Wyoming Feb. 28, 1870, to Marcus Lyon of Morrinson, Ill. After their marriage the couple bought a faar three miles south of Morrison and made their home there five years when they sold the farm and the bought the Coon farm in Tampico township, living there until March 1,. 1900, when they retired and purchased a home in Tampico. Mr. Lyon died June5, 1908. Mrs. Lyon continued to live in Tampico until June 1, 1927, when she came to Prophetstown to reside with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Olmstead.
Three sons and seven daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyon. Of these, the deeased issurvived by Lewis L. Lyon of Siouxz City, Ia., Hubert B. ofProphetstown, Ill., Marcus R. ofCouncil Bluffs, Ia., Mrs. R. W. Olmstead of Prophetstown, Mrs. S. E. Olmstead of Marinette, Wis., and Mrs. Lloyd Rife of Mobile, Ala. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. John Brown of Pekin, Ill. She was preceded in death by four daughters, Lottie (Mrs. Frank West), Minerva (Mrs. Charles Hartnell), Gracie, who died at the age of 1 years, and Marth, who died at the age of three. One brother, Adolf, and four sisters, Mrs. Addie Winslow, Mrs.John Greene, Mrs. Nicholas Lindsley andMrs. Cahrles Brown, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Lyon was a member of the Tampico Eastern Star lodge and of the Prophetstown Methodist Church.
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