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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.

 Submitted by: "Family Links"
Feb 25, 2003

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