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Sep 20 1956

The Mt. Vernon community today mourned the passing of one of its most beloved women, Mrs. Emma Miller Stinson, widow of Robert V. Stinson, Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois mercantile leader, and in her right a person of deeply imbued Christian principles reflected in countless deeds of aid to those in need.


Mrs. Stinson, who was 88 years old last June 26, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday (19 Sep 1956) at her home at 623 Mulberry street after failing health for several years and a series of paralytic strokes dating from last May 3.


Mr. Stinson, the husband, died Dec 27, 1937.


The body of Mrs. Stinson is at Short-Niehaus Funeral Home.  Dr. Mearl P. Culver, Evansville, supply minister of First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Vernon, of which the deceased was a most faithful member, will conduct the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Short-Niehaus chapel.  Burial will be in the family plot in Bellefontaine cemetery.


In accordance with the often expressed wish of Mrs. Stinson the family requests no floral offerings suggesting that in lieu of flowers friends may give to the Crippled Children's Society, the Heart Fund or Presbyterian Church Memorial.


Of the three children born to the union of Robert v. Stinson Sr., and Emma Miller in Enfield, Ill., in March, 1891, two are living, A son Dr. William D. Stinson, prominent Memphis, Tenn., ear, nose and throat specialist, died suddenly in the fall of 1953.


The surviving children are a son, Robert V. Stinson, Jr., Mt. Vernon, who this week retired from the mercantile field in which he and the previous generation of his family had been outstanding, and a daughter Mrs. Charles T. Alexander, Indianapolis, wife of Dr. Charles T. Alexander, superintendent of the Indianapolis district of the Indiana Methodist Conference.


Also surviving are five grandchildren, Robert L. Stinson, Mt. Vernon shoe merchant, Mrs. H. A. Dettwiler, Greenfield, In., David Stinson, Memphis, Tenn., Charles T. Alexander, Jr., a copywriter of The Washington Star in Washington, D.C. and Peggy De Somme Foote, Greenville, Miss; nine greatgrandchildren, and a brother, Charles N. Miller, San Jose, Calif.


Mrs Stinson came to Mr. Vernon in 1894 from her native Enfield, Ill. - article incomplete


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers