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Franklin Times, June 11, 1909

Mrs. Sarah Tribble

Mrs. Sarah Tribble, a well known resident of Nortonville, was found dead in bed at her home Sunday morning at five o'clock. She was a daughter of Robert and Mary Fanning, and was born in Youngblood Prairie on Dec. 25, 1840, being 68 years old on last Christmas Day. She married Joseph M. Tribble in 1858, and to them were born ten children. Franklin and Alvah died in infancy, and six sons and two daughters are now living: Mrs. Mary McNeely, William, Newton, John, James, Edgar and Oscar Tribble, and Mrs. Alice Henry.

Mrs. Tribble was converted at the early age of thirteen years and ever lived a quiet Christian life, uniting with the Youngblood Baptist church 56 years ago, and remaining a member of that body until her death. The doors of her home were ever open to her descendants and their friends, and strangers were always made to feel at home. Besides her own children, she reared one grandson from babyhood, and has for twenty yeas taken care of her aged mother, who is 92 years old.

In addition to her mother and children, she also leaves three brothers, John, William and Robert Fanning. Mr. Tribble died in 1890.

On account of the nature of her death, Coroner Piepenbring was called, and summoned the following jury: Jasper McNeely, foreman; Chas. F. Story, clerk; Gus Henry, Henry E. Seymour, N. F. Edwards and Henry Whitlock. After hearing the evidence submitted they returned a verdict that her death was due to an acute attack of appendicitis and heart failure.

Funeral services were conducted form the Youngblood Baptist Church in Nortonville Monday in charge of Elder George Hart, of this place, who took for his text the words in Luke 20, 35-36. Elder Hart spoke fittingly of the long and useful life of the deceased and the place she filled in the community which had always been her home, and at the conclusion of his remarks the remains were laid to rest in the Youngblood cemetery.

The bearers were Alonzo, Otis and Carlin McNeely, Robert and Sherman Fanning and Newton Tribble.

There were many floral offerings and these were cared for by Misses Lela Switzer, Lodell Cox, Neva Rochester and Roberta Poland.

Mrs. Tribble's aged mother, known as "Aunt Polly" Fanning to everybody in Nortonville community, upon whom she had lavished a daughter's loving devotion for a score of years was on Tuesday taken to the home of her son William in Jacksonville.

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