May Leona Wetzel
Mrs. May Wetzel Dies Early Today; Funeral Sunday
Mrs. May Leona Wetzel of 1508 North street died at 5:20 a.m. today
at Franklin County Hospital in Benton. She was 79 years, one month, and six days
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pulley Funeral
Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Freytag officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood
cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home, where
friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday.
Mrs. Wetzel was born December 23, 1880, in Dahlgren, the daughter
of William and Samantha (Gregory) Williamson. On October 19, 1898, she was
married to Charles H. Wetzel, who preceded her in death on Mar. 16, 1952.
For many years Mrs. Wetzel was a gracious leader in Mt. Vernon
civic and social circles. She served as president of the Federated Women's Club and
the garden club. She had a great interest in flowers. Her husband was a well-known
merchant. He served as a member of the city council and was also a member of city boards,
including the zoning commission. After Mr. Wenzel's death, she lived for a time in the
southwest on the ocean side in California, but she always returned to the town and the
friends she loved best. She suffered a stroke a week ago and was removed to the Benton
hospital, where one of her daughters is a nurse.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Bernadine Greenwald of Prescott, Az., and
Mrs. Jean Simmons of West Frankfort; and two grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, and a daughter.
Mrs. Wetzel was an active member of the First Presbyterian church.
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: January 1960
Submitted by Mary Jane Ohms - Jan 2002