Susan C. Hirons
OBITUARY: The Mt. Vernon Register News published the following
on Thursday, July 17, 1941 which read:
Mrs. Susan C. Hirons, a respected lifetime citizen of Waltonville,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Mannen, in Waltonville
at 9:45 a.m. today. Her age was 86 years, ten months and 17 days.
Her husband, the late Sidney T. Hirons, at one time served as county
treasurer of Jefferson county.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the
Methodist church in Waltonville conducted by the Reverend Baker of
Charleston, Illinois. Burial will be in Knob Prairie Township, Blissville.
The body will remain at Myers Chapel until 2 p.m. Friday, then will be
removed to the Mannen home in Waltonville where it will lie in state until
the funeral hour.
Mrs. Hirons was born August 30, 1854 in Waltonville, the daughter of
John Dodds and Emmaline Keller Dodds. She is the last member of that pioneer
Jefferson county family. On November 18, 1875, she was united in marriage
with Sidney T. Hirons at Waltonville. He died on June 13, 1910. She is
survived by two sons, Hugh Hirons of Waltonville and John D. Hirons of
Fresno, California; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Davis of Mt. Vernon and
Mrs. Ray Mannen of Waltonville; six grandchildren and three great
grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. They
were Neal and Dave Dodds of Mt. Vernon, Billy Doddds of Oklahoma and
Mrs. Margaret Mannen of Carbondale."
The Mt. Vernon Register published a second obituary on Tuesday, August 12,
1941 which read as follows:
After a lingering illness, Mrs. Susan C. Hirons passed away Thursday morning
July 17, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Mannen in Waltonville, at the
age of 86 years, 10 months, 17 days.
She was the daughter of John D. and Emiline Keller Dodds, one of the pioneer
families of Jefferson county. She was one of a family of five, her three
brothers David D., W. Neal, and Wm. S. with a sister, Mrs. Margaret A. Mannen,
preceding her. She was married in Sidney T. Hirons son of Benjamin and Emily
Place Hirons on November 18, 1875. To them were born four children Mrs.
Ruth Davis of Mt. Vernon, John D. of Fresno, California, Wm. Hughs and Mrs.
Ray Mannen of Waltonville, all of whom survive, together with six grandchilden
Lucille Bean, Margaret Cullen, Sidney Hirons, Marjorie Martin, Merritie Mannen,
Leland Mannen, and three great grandchildren Patty and Sue Cullen and Bobby Bean.
The deceased lived all her life in and near Waltonville. While Mrs. Hirons was
not affiliated with the Primitive Baptist Church, she was a strong believer in
the faith and lived its principles. She was truly a Christian woman. In her
family she was gentle kind and loving in her home life she was unassuming true
and devoted. No one ever came into her home that did not feel the warmth and
genuine hospitality of a friendly and sympathetic heart. In the long affliction
of her husband she never murmured or grew weary. In her own long illness she was
always cheerful and hoping that she would soon grow better. She was all that a
devoted wife and a loving mother could be. She leaves for the living,
unwritten precepts of a life which will make us grow stronger in that faith
which will light the darkest path way along life's journey. She lived such a
faith that if we could feel her comforting and sympathetic life just now, it
would be as that great poet who said: 'Twilight and evening bell, And after
that the dark; And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark.'
Crossing of the Bar for such a Christian life as she lived is one of rest and
peace in the life that is immortal.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the M.E. Church conducted by Elder D. E.
Baker of Charleston, Illinois. Six nephews acted as pall bearers. Interment
was in Knob Prairie Cemetery.
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Feb 25, 2003