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August 2, 1956

A series of paralytic strokes that began five years ago and had resulted in virtual invalidism over the period of time resulted in the death of Mrs. Irene Allyn Utley, 78, wife of Lawrence J. Utley, at the Utley home at 517 Canal street at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday (1 Aug 1956).


Mrs. Utley, well known life-long resident of Black township and Mt. Vernon had been unconscious since last Saturday when she suffered another of the recurring strokes.


The husband, a former Posey county school teacher and for many years a road and bridge contractor of Tri-State reputation, has been bedfast at his home since last Christmas.


Mr. and Mrs. Utley were married 60 years ago last April.  Mrs. Utley was the youngest of six children of Francis Allyn and LaMyra Blackburn Allyn, representatives of prominent, pioneer families. She was born in the Miller vicinity northeast of Mt. Vernon.


Mr. and Mrs. Utley moved to Mt. Vernon from the Bufkin locality in 1923.


The body of Mrs. Utley is at Weisinger Funeral Home and will remain there until it is taken to Mt. Pleasant General Baptist Church at Bufkin, of which the deceased was a member, for the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  Rev. C. I. Terrell, Mt. Pleasant pastor, and Rev. Francis Hollingsworth, a nephew of Mrs. Utley will officiate.


Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


Surviving, in addition to the husband, are a son, Laslie Utley, local excavating contractor; a daughter, Edna Marie Utley, a teacher at Howard Roosa grade school in Evansville who resides with her parents in Mt. Vernon; a granddaughter, Mrs. Alan E. Hachenberger, Evansville; three great grandchildren, and two brothers, Alonzo Allyn, Delray Beach, Fla, and Orlando Allyn, East Fourth street, Mt. Vernon, twins.


A grandson, Paul E Utley, associated with his father in the contracting business, died very unexpectedly May 15, 1953.


In addition to her church membership, Mrs. Utley was a member of Helen Rebekah lodge; the Auxiliary of Owen Dunn post, No. 5, American Legion, and Harrow Relief Corps.  During World War I she ws very active in Black township chapter of World Mothers.


The Utley home, both in the rural vicinity and in Mt. Vernon has been a hospitality center and a favorite meeting place of friends and kin who enjoyed the warm, genial friendliness of both Mt. and Mrs. Utley.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers