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Elmora Moss

Aged Resident Is Buried At Oakwood Today
Mrs. Elmora Moss, Widow of Thad C. Moss, 
Died Saturday at Home of Daughter on N. Eleventh St. 

Mrs. Elmora Moss, widow of Thad C. Moss, died Saturday at 11:50 o'clock a.m. at the home 
of her daughter, Mrs. O.D. Smith, on N. Eleventh st. Death followed an illness of 13 weeks. 

Mrs. Moss was born at Nashville, Tn., and she was 80 years old August 9, 1928. She came 
with her father's family to Jefferson county in early childhood and most of her life since 
had been spent in or near Mt. Vernon. In her husband's lifetime they lived in Shiloh township 
where Mr. Moss farmed and raised highbred stock exclusively. They left Shiloh township and 
lived eight or ten years at Jackson, Mo., from which place they returned to Jefferson county. 

Mr. Moss in his day was one of the best know farmers and stock raisers in Jefferson county. 

Mrs. Moss' maiden name was Thomas, and she was united in marriage with Mr. Moss in 1868. Her 
husband preceded her in death about twelve years ago. 

Mrs. Moss was a lifelong member of the M.E. church, and when a resident of Shiloh township 
was a member of the Shiloh M.E. church, but after coming to Mt. Vernon she united with the 
First M.E. church of which she was a faithful member until her death. 

Mrs. Moss proved her faith by her works, and in her daily life lived her religion, which was 
of the practical kind, and consisted in doing the Master's will at all times and under all 
circumstances. She was a true christian of the practical kind, the kind that helps those in 
need of help, and she did all in her power to make the world a better place in which to live 
and left an example worthy of emulation. 

Notwithstanding her years, Mrs. Moss until a little more than a year ago was very active and 
her mental faculties were remarkable until the end. She took great interest in life and found 
much enjoyment in the affairs of life. She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and attended 
the meetings regularly as possible until the last year or two. She greatly enjoyed the meetings 
and was an active and efficient member of the local lodge. 

Since the death of her husband Mrs. Moss had lived with her children, nine of whom, two sons 
and seven daughters, survive. The children are Robert B. Moss, Pleasant Grove; Mrs. H.M. Swift, 
Mrs. O.D. Smith, Mrs. Jesse Whitlock, Roy Moss, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Louis Meffert, Marion, Il.; 
Mrs. Carl Wallace, Bainbridge, Ga.; Mrs. Nettie Pace, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. H.H. Anderson, Reading, 

All of the children were at her bedside when she died except Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Anderson. 

Mrs. Moss' father was a tailor in Nashville, Tn., and while the war was in progress made 
uniforms for the Union armies. He used a very large pair of shears with which he cut many 
pieces of cloth at a time, and which weighed several pounds. The shears were kept for many 
years after the family located in Jefferson county. 

Funeral services were held at the First M.E. church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, conducted 
by the pastor, Dr. George R. Goodman and Dr. C.L. Peterson, and burial followed at Oakwood. 

Mt. Vernon Register News 
Submitted by Mary Jane Ohms 
Feb 2002

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