Submitted by Melva Taylor
The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois
April 30, 1938 - Saturday, pg. 5, col. 4
O'CELIA (TABER) McGRADY
Death Summons Aged Resident of This County
Mrs. O'Celia Taber McGrady Of Tampico Succumbs To Pneumonia
Mrs. O'Celia Taber McGrady, 89, lifelong resident of Whiteside county, passed away at the home in Tampico, Friday, at 5 p.m. as the result of a two weeks' illness from pneumonia and the infirmities of age. Mrs. McGrady, the daughter of W. P. Taber and Esther Hurd Taber, early settlers in Portland township, was born in Portland Sept. 12, 1848.
Funeral services will be held from the late home Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. L. B. Beals, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Interment will be in the Tampico Memorial cemetery.
She was married on her birthday in 1867 to Barney McGrady at Prophetstown. Mr. McGrady was also a lifelong resident of this county. He passed away April 7, 1920, at Tampico. Mrs. McGrady was a member of the Tampico Methodist church, the W.R.C. and Morning Star chapter of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are two sons, Ralph and Bert McGrady of Prophetstown, and one daughter, Mrs. Frank A. (Pearl) Landwair of Rock Falls; five grandchildren, Macie Houch, Monrovia, Calif.; Evangeline Bound, Prophetstown; Barney Fallers, Sterling; Arlyn Landwair, Rock Falls; and Margaret McGrady, Chicago. There are three great grandchildren.
Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a son Will and a daughter Florence Fallers. A great grandson, Donald Fallers, was killed in an automobile accident in California last February. Mrs. McGrady is the last of a family of four children. Her sisters and brother preceding her were: Mrs. John Hill, Mrs. Reuben Kelly and H. L. Taber.