Margaret Hardy was born in Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 16, 1829 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Staples, May 15, 1905, at the age of 75 years, 6 months and 29 days.
She was married to Benjamin Skeen May 8, 1845. To this union were born nine children, three having proceded her in death, two dying in fancy and her daughter Margaret, who had always lived at home with her, dying Feb. 27, 1902. Two sons, Joseph and Henry Skeen, of Missouri, and four daughters, Mariah Staples, of Palmyra, Jane Collins, of Coffeyville, Kas., Mary Wilson, of Eldorado Springs, Mo., and Luella Harris, of Loami, are left to mourn her departure.
She, with her husband, moved to Illinois in 1853 and lived near Waverly until 1878 when they moved to Missouri. Her husband died May 14, 1885. Three years later she returned to Illinois and lived in and near Palmyra until her death. Sister Skeen united with the church under the preaching of Bro. Marshall Goode in 1873, and was an earnest and devout christian the remainder of her life.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. V. Babbs at the Christian Church in Palmyra at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, and interment took place at Union Cemetery. A large concourse of people were present to testify their sympathy to the bereaved relatives.