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Amanda Melvina Atkinson Richards

Amanda Melvina ATKINSON was born in the state of Tennessee, July 23, 1827, 
departed this life February 3, 1916, age 78y6m11d. She was married at the 
age of 16 to H. M. RICHARDS of Tennessee. To this union were born 10 children, 
8 boys and 2 girls. Two of the boys have preceded her to the great beyond, and 
the rest of them are living in Kansas and Oklahoma except Fayette, who lives 
near Union Chapel, with whom she was living during her sickness. Her husband 
died about 20 years ago.

She was converted to God in her youth and united with the Baptist Church at 
Harmony, and lived a consistent life until her demise.  She died in the triumphs 
of a living faith. She was a loving mother, a kind and indulgent companion and a 
friend to everyone. To know her was to love her. She leaves to mourn their loss 
28 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 2 sisters and a host of 
relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Union Chapel, February 4, 1916, conducted by 
Rev. George S. CONANT, and interment made in the Chapel Cemetery.

"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth yea, saith the Spirit, 
that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Source: Mt. Vernon Daily or Register News
Date: February 1916
Submitted by; Mary Zinzilieta
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