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Obits > 1925 - Mrs. Anna (Matthews) Terry

Submitted by Jack Pritchard

Sterling Gazette - 12 Nov., 1925, p.8 col. 6.


Tampico, Ill. Nov. 12. -- (Special) --- Mrs. Anna Terry passed away at the Moline sanitarium Tuesday morning at 6:30 o'clock, aged 71 years. She had been in poor health for a number of years. She was well known here, having lived near Tampico. She leaves two sons and a daughter, Mrs. Walter Forward of Leon, Dr. H. A. Terry of Tampico and Elizabeth Terry of Prophetstown. These with other relatives and a host of friends mourn her loss.

The funeral will be at Leon, arrangements for which will be made later.

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(I believe the above should read, "leaves two daughters and a son".)

1900 census, Anna states that she had 4 children, and three living.

Thanks, Jack


Thursday, November 19, 1925
Vol 48. Page 1, col 2


The death of Mrs. Anna TERRY the aged mother of Dr. H. A. TERRY of thisplace, occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 16, following a lingering illness during which every thing that medical skill and loving care could do for her relief proved of no avail, and she fell asleep to awaken in that home where there are no sorrows nor suffering.


The subject of our sketch, Mrs. Anna TERRY, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry MATTHEWS, was born June 6, 1854 in Dover, New Jersey where she lived until about three years of age. At that time the family moved west and located on a farm near Wyanet in Bureau County, Illinois. Here her girlhood days were spent and she grew up to womanhood. A few years previous to her wedding, the family moved to another farm near New Bedford, Illinois. Here she was united in marriage to George B. TERRY on December 13, 1872 and began house-keeping in Dover, Illinois where they lived several years and where four children were born to them. They moved to a farm in Leon in January, 1882. They had lived here but a few months when on May 24 the Death Angel  came to their home and took away the husband and father. Mrs. TERRY with her three children then moved to the home of her parents where she tenderly reared her family.

About fifteen years ago she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. FORWARD and lived with her until July 20, 1925. Then on account of failing health she was taken to a hospital where she remained until early in the morning of November 10, 1925, the spirit of Mrs. Anna TERRY passed away from time into eternity. Her two daughters were with her when the end came.

Mrs. TERRY was a woman of gently and winning personality, possessing those graces of character which endeared her to her many friends.

She joined the M. E. church in 1887 during the ministry of Rev. BACKUS and has always been a faithful and devoted member and a sincere Christian worker.

She was a charter member of the Leon Ladies Aid Society and was an active worker in all church circles.

Mrs. TERRY is survived by her three children; Mrs.  Grace FORWARD of Leon; Dr. H. A. TERRY of Tampico and Miss Elizabeth TERRY of Prophetstown; one brother, John R. MATTHEWS of Leon; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth MARTIN of Marshalltown, Iowa, and four grandchildren; Elwood, Florence and Kathleen FORWARD and Mary Ellen TERRY. ONe child, Willie, died in infancy and was buried in Dover.

We have no hesitation in declaring that she was sustained in her Christian belief in the life eternal and that she has entered that realm where troubles cease to worry and the weary are at rest.

The funeral service was held at Leon church Friday at 1:30 p.m. Rev. F. ROWE officiating and taking his text from Ecclesiastes 12-7.

Mesdames May LOFGREN and Ethel SCHMITT, Messrs Frank HOWLAND and George  SCHMITT accompanied by Mr  Verne WOODWORTH on the piano sang the following beautiful songs; "I shall see Him face to face," "We are going down the Valley one by one" and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye."

The pall bearers were all old friends of the deceased and were Messrs. Clifford REYNOLDS, Otis RICHARDS, Hugh LEAHY, Vet. COX, John WINKLER, and Clark LANE. The floral offerings were very beautiful and beespoke of high esteem of the departed byher many friends.

"Weep not that her toil is over,
Weep not that her race is run;
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work like hers is done."



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