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Mary L. Strattan

Death Comes Unexpectedly to Mrs. Mary L. Strattan, 
Widow of Rynd L. Strattan, Last Night.


Was Born In Indiana but Most of Long and Useful Life 
Had Been Spent in Mt. Vernon and This County.

Mrs. Mary L. Strattan, widow of Rynd L. Strattan, died 
last night at her home, 918 Taylor avenue, at 7:50 o’clock.  
Mrs. Strattan had been in poor health many years but was 
confined to her bed only about four weeks by the illness 
which resulted in her death.

Mrs. Strattan’s death came as a great shock to her family 
and friends, as her condition had greatly improved following 
the first days of her illness, and it was thought she was getting 
along very well.  Complete recovery naturally was not expected, 
but there seemed no reason to expect her death in the near future.

Member of Old Family

Mrs. Strattan was a member of one of the oldest and most highly 
respected families of Jefferson county, and most of her long and 
well spent life was passed in this county.

She was born near North Vernon, Ind., April 17, 1844, and about 
twenty years later came with her father’s family to this county 
where the remainder of her life was spent. Her father, the late 
James K. Jones, located with his family at Lynchburg, in the east 
part of the county, where Mr. Jones lived until he located in 
Mt. Vernon. In his lifetime he was prominent in agricultural and 
business circles. The father and family came to Illinois in a wagon 
train, railroad facilities in the section being very limited at that time.

Died in 84th Year

Mrs. Strattan’s age at the time of her death was 83 years, 4 months and 3 days.

Her marriage with Rynd L. Strattan took place August 3, 1867, and 
their married life was terminated by Mr. Strattan’s death March 22, 1915.

Mr. Strattan in his day was one of the most prominent business men 
in Mt. Vernon , and played an important part in church, lodge and civic 

Five children were born to their union, of whom  two died in infancy.  
The survivors are Keith T. Strattan, Mt. Vernon, Mrs. Olivia P. Swift 
and Chauncey L. Strattan, both of Gulf Port, Fla.

Six grandchildren survive.

Mrs. Strattan was one of ten children and the last survivor of her 
father’s family. 

Spent Winters in Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Strattan for many years prior to the death of the former, 
spent their winters in Florida , and Mrs. Strattan continued the custom 
after his death.

Had Many Friends

No woman in the history of Mt. Vernon was more beloved than Mrs. Strattan.  
She was of a friendly disposition and enjoyed the companionship of her friends.  
She never forgot a friend under any circumstances, and seemed especially to 
love her old friends, whose affection for her was not lessened by lapse of 
years, or separation.

She loved her home and family and stopped at no sacrifice in their behalf, 
and the happiness and welfare of her loved ones was always uppermost in her 
heart and mind.  Mrs. Strattan was a woman of many virtues and a consistent 
and devoted Christian.  She was practically a lifelong member of the First 
M. E. church. 

The world is better for her life and the good she did in her quiet, 
unassuming manner.

Funeral Monday at Home

Unless otherwise announced at churches and the Chautauqua tomorrow, 
funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at the home, conducted 
by Dr. Geo. R. Goodman of the First M. E. church, and burial will follow 
at Oakwood.

The body will lie in state at the home Monday between the hours of 10 o’clock 
a.m. and 12 o’clock noon.

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: Aug. 20, 1927  
Submitted by Brenda Hereford and Nancy E. Davis 

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