Mary (Welty) Coffman obituary, source unknown
Announcement was made Wednesday morning of last week of the death of Mrs. Mary Coffman whose death occurred at the hour of 3 o'clock, and while not unexpected, many and neighbors were saddened to learn that she had passed from their midst. Mrs. Coffman was numbered among our earliest settlers and was held in the highest esteem by all who shared her acquaintance.
Mary Welty was born near Hagerstown, Washington County, Md., November 16, 1834 and died at her home in Mount Morris, Wednesday, January 3 (should be 5) 1910, aged 7 years, 1 month and 17 days. She came to Illinois with her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Welty, in her childhood, and has resided in and near Mount Morris during all of the intervening years. She was married in 1867 to John C. Coffman, a well known resident and farmer of Pine Creek Township, and continued to reside on their farm three miles southwest of this place until the death of Mr. Coffman, December 7, 1896, when later a home was purchased and removal made to town. To them four children were born, two of whom died in infancy, the surviving being Frank Coffman and Mrs. Frank C. Keedy, both residents of Mount Morris.
On November 27, 1902, Mrs. Coffman had a stroke of paralysis which affected one side of her body, and during the more than seven years since that time she has been a patient and cheerful invalid. Since January 5, 1903, Miss Emma Humphrey has been her attendant and companion, and has given herself with marked fidelity the devotion to the duty. The kindness of friends and neighbors who during her long invalidism at all times so kindly remembered her with delicacies and flowers is greatly appreciated by the family.
Mrs. Coffman was of a family of fifteen children most of whom have preceded her in death. Three sisters and two brothers survive Mrs. Susan Swingley, Mrs. Alvina Williams, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and Aaron Welty, all residing in Mount Morris, and Arthur Welty living at Hoveland, Minn.
For twenty-five years the deceased was a member of the Christian Church and found much consolation in the assurance of Him who doeth all things well. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday after at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. N.R. Hinds conducting the services. Burial followed in the Old Cemetery beside remains of her late husband.
Submitted by Jane Edson
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