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Mount Morris Index, Mount Morris, IL

Friday, Jul 31, 1931 p. 1, col 3

Beloved Mother to Eternal Rest

Mrs. Elizabeth Young Succumbs Friday Following Illness of Short Length -- Aged 83 Years

Was Member of Pioneer Wagner Family -- Had been Semi-Invalid for Years -- Funeral Services Monday

After a critical illness lasting less than a week, Mrs. Elizabeth Young passed away Friday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edith Keedy on North McKendrie Avenue. For ten days preceding her last illness she had occasional heart attacks accompanied by other complications peculiar to the aged.

Funeral services were conducted at the Church of the Brethren Monday afternoon with Rev. F. E. McCune in charge, assisted by Rev. W. E. West. Music was provided by a quartet composed of Mrs. W. E. Hill, Mrs. D. I. Miller, O. W. Neher and H. N. Butler, accompanied by Mrs. A. E. Hecker. The pall bearers, nephews of the deceased, were Bert and Fay Coffman of Polo. Albert and Joe Young, E. C. Mumma and B. S. Price. Interment was made in Silver Creek cemetery.

Ann Elizabeth Wagner, daughter of Joseph and Susan Schechter Wagner, was born near Oregon, Illinois, January 18, 1848, and died at her home in Mount Morris, July 24, 1931, aged eighty-three years, six months and six days.

She was united in marriage to D. W. Young on March 10, 1870. To this union five children were born, four of whom survive: Mrs. Edith Keedy and Mrs. Noble Thomas of Mount Morris; Mrs. C. R. Gaffin of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Charles Young of Isabel, South Dakota. The youngest daughter, Alice, died at the age of sixteen. Besides the children one sister and one brother survive. They are Mrs. George Young of Mount Morris, and Albert Wagner of Fairbury, Nebraska. For many years Mrs. Young was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren.

Since the death of her husband in 1925, she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Edith Keedy who was devoted to her. Although she seldom left her home after that time because of a rather crippling condition, she was active about the house, and took a keen interest in people and events, and enjoyed the numerous visits of her neighbors and other friends.

Deep devotion to her family and friends, expressed in countless acts of unselfishness and generosity, has been the outstanding trait of her life. During her earlier years she was a familiar figure at the bedside of the sick. Even after she became unable to minister directly, her deeds of kindness continued. An earnest Christian for many years, she interpreted the Christian life as one of day by day service to all those around her.

Contributed by Peg Allen Arnold

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