Submitted by Les Niemi - from the Tampico Tornado Newspaper
May 14, 1898
Mrs. Ellery C. BROWN died at her home in this village at 5 a.m. Thursday, May 12th, 1898 of paralysis, aged 61 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Catherine GRAY was born in Athens County, Ohio, July 25th, 1836 and came with her father's family to Tazewell County, Illinois, in 1850. She was married to Elleary C. BROWN at Erie, Ill., Dec. 6th, 1857, they settling on a farm two miles south-west of this place the following spring, forty years ago, where they resided until one year ago this month when they moved to Tampico and occupied their new house on South Main St.
She was the mother of four children, two daughters and two sons, the girls dying in infancy. She leaves her husband, two sons, Herbert E. of Morrison and Willis L. who resides on the farm, one sister, Mrs. H.H. [Tip] DOW, of Lincoln, Illinois; three brothers, Isaac V. GRAY, Atlanta, Ill. and Branson H. GRAY, Rock Falls, Ill. She had been confined to her bed for the past eleven weeks during which time her sister, Mrs. DOW, ably and faithfully assisted her husband in nursing her.
In youth she early assumed the cares of her father's household, which was deprived of the mother when she was twelve years of age; she has always been a loving and indulgent mother and sister and affectionate and true wife. Besides the motherly care of her brothers and sisters, and her own children, she took into her home and became the foster mother of a two year old orphan who is now Mrs. Galon ROGERS, residing one mile east of this place.
She has been a member of the Methodist church for more that forty years. May her rest be peaceful and her reward in heaven no less than she deserves and claimed by faith. The funeral services are to be conducted by O.E. READE at the M. E. [Methodist] Church, this (Saturday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains will be laid at rest in the Tamipco Cemetery.