Mary L. Strattan
WELL KNOWN MT. VERNON WOMAN DIES
Death Comes Unexpectedly to Mrs. Mary L. Strattan,
Widow of Rynd L. Strattan, Last Night.
DEATH UNEXPECTED AND A GREAT SHOCK
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
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,
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
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