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Mrs. Lydia Burd, nee Smith, was called to her long resting place Wednesday morning a few minutes before six, Dec. 18, after an illness of several weeks in which old age was possibly the principal element. Only a little over three months ago- Sept 23 - her husband passed away and it is rather strange after living together for about 60 years, they should both be called home so near the same time.
Mrs. Burd was born in Prairie (Perry Co.) Pennsylvania on Christmas, 1917, and died at the home of her son-in-law Jerry Nalley - in Leaf River, aged 83 years, 11 months, and 23 days.
In 1840, occurred her marriage with Levi Burd, moving to Illinois in 1867. To them were born eight children, seven of whom were living at her death, and with the exception of Lemuel of California, were present at the funeral Friday.
Services were conducted by Elder R. W. Pitman at the house Friday forenoon at ten and the funeral sermon was preached by Elder David Priae of Mt. Morris at Silver Creek Church and the interment was made in the Silver Creek Cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Dunkard Church for 58 years, an ever consistant Christian.
(This obit was courtesy of Laurie McRae Nelson)
Newport News, Dec. 26, 1901 (Thursday)
Lydia Ann, widow of Levi Burd, died of lung fever Dec. 18, 1901 at Byron, Ill., after an illness of 20 days. Maiden name was Smith, a sister of the late Henry L. Smith of this place who died in 1896. She was born in Saville twp. where her only surviving sister, Mrs. Christian Swab, lives. Moved west in 1867. Children: Children: Ephraim of Byron; William, deceased; Mrs. Nalley, Leaf River; Mrs. Kennedy of Rockford; Mrs. Kline of Byron; Levi of Chicago; Lemuel of Alamedo, Ca., and Frank of Kansas City, Mo

Submitted by Susan Burd Gillick

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