Mary Delia Gifford
MARY D. GIFFORD DIES AT AGE 73
Mary Delia Gifford, a lifelong resident of Moore's Prairie township,
died at her home yesterday at 8:20 p.m. She was 73 years, four months,
and 15 days of age at the time of her death. Her husband, the late
William J. Gifford, died July 29, 1944. Mrs. Gifford was a member of the
Frisco Baptist church, where funeral services will be held Wednesday (sic)
at 1 p.m. The Rev. Bird Green will conduct the services and burial will be
in the Thurmond cemetery in Ewing township, Franklin county. The body will
lie in state at the family home.
Mrs. Gifford was born Dec. 3, 1872 in Ewing, the daughter of W. H. and
Millie (Harris) Newton. She is survived by two sons, Amos Gifford, R.F.D.
3, Mt. Vernon, and Earl Gifford, of Belle Rive; one daughter, Mrs.
Grace Birkhead, of Belle Rive; two brothers, Mart Newton, Mt. Vernon, and
Ed Newton, Harrisburg, Ill.; two half-brothers, Alva Newton, Clovis,
N.M., and Ray Newton, Mt. Vernon; three half-sisters, Mrs. Elsie Taylor,
Ewing, Mrs. Nellie Rea, Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Olive Camphill, Mt.
Vernon. Seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
Submitted by Robert W. Loman