Newspaper Clipping, undated
Polo Public Library, Polo, IL
Mrs. John Yeakel
Lillian Luella Derby Yeakel was born near Forreston, Ill., on Jan 19, 1879, and passed to her eternal reward May 31, 1945, thus reaching the age of 66 years, 4 months and 12 days.
On June 27, 1899, she was united in marriage to John Yeakel, and this union was blessed with two children.
Very early in life she joined the church, and has served faithfully ever since. She took an active part in all the organizations of the church and held many offices of responsibility. Many will remember her as a Sunday school teacher, expounding the word of truth as though God had placed a special message on her heart. Others will remember her a the President of the Woman's Missionary Society, trying to instill within each member that passion which she possessed for our missionaries and their great work on the mission fields. She was also an officer of the Illinois branch of the W. M. S.
Not only did her activity lie in the church, but it reached out into civic life as well. She was a charter member of the Wednesday Club since 1928, and was also a member of the Kensington Club.
Although very active in other affairs, her home was her first interest, and the welfare of those who were dear to her was always uppermost in her mind., She was a loyal companion, a faithful mother and a conscientious friend to those who loved her. Even during the long hours of intense suffering which preceded her death she was very patient, and tried to make it as easy as possible for those who cared for her.
She leaves to mourn, her husband, two children, Miriam of Hammond, Ind., and John of Ann Arbor, Mich., two grandchildren, Amy and Barbara Yeakel, of Ann Arbor, three sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Bowen of Freeport, Mrs. Emma Garman and Mrs. Laura Rucker, both of Polo, and one brother, Jesse Derby, of Forreston. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Besides these, she will be missed by many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon, June 3, at the Evangelical Church. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery.
Contributed by Peg Arnold
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