Montgomery County Obituaries


Obituaries published after 1923 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations.

ADAMS--Leo, Jr., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Adams of Miami, died Wednesday afternoon in a Miami hospital. He is also survived by a brother, Jerry, of the home. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence. (Miami Daily News Record, 1-24-1946)


BEAN--Frances Bean, 40, Coffeyville, died Monday at Coffeyville Memrial hospital. She had been in poor health for the last ten years. Born in Seminole, OK, Mrs. Bean and her husband Amos lived in Miami, OK from 1951 until moving to Coffeyville in 1955. Surviving besides her husband, Amos; a son, Donald, 16; a daughter, Patricia, 6; her mother, Mrs. Alta Sneed, Seminole; two sisters, Faye Harvey and Mrs. Elmer Loston, both of Seminole, and a brother, Tommy Sneed, Seminole. Burial be at the Fairview cemetery, Coffeyville. (Miami Daily News Record, 7-12-1960)


BLEDSAW--Miss Ethel Bledsaw died at her home on W. 11th street Friday morning at five o'clock of consumption. Funeral was held Saturday at 10 o'clock and the body laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery. (Plaindealer, Aug. 14, 1903)


BUCKNER--Mr. William Buckner of this city died at 7 0'clock Tuesday evening. He has been suffering for months with rheumatism. He was a fine young man, and we hate to lose him, but God's will be done. He leaves a dear wife and child to mourn his loss. May he rest in peace. (Afro-American Advocate, Dec. 25, 1891)


COLBERT--On Friday last, the 18th day of December, the wife of Mr. James Colbert died in the triumph of faith. The funeral took place at her father's home ten miles south of Coffeyville in the I.T. She was a faithful Christian, and a member of the Baptist church. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss. Rev. Joseph Smith conducted the funeral. He took for a text, II Thessalonians 1st chapter, 16th verse. The funeral was largely attended by friend, who have great sympathy for the brave ones. (Afro-American Advocate, Dec. 25, 1891)


COOPER--Guy Harold Cooper, 68, died early Tuesday at his home in Independence. Before moving to Independence six years ago, he had lived in Picher 31 years, and worked as a miner. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Methodist church in Independence, with burial in the Star cemetery at Independence. Survivors include his wife, Mrs, Nancy Cooper of the home; two sons, Edwin and Vernon Cooper, both of Independence; a brother, John Cooper of Baxter Springs Route 1; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Smart, Sapulpa, and Mrs. Georgia Wright of Wichita, and 11 grandchildren. (Miami Daily News Record, 10-30-1957)


COUNCE--Miss Cora Counce died last Saturday, Nov. 19, 1892, at 12 o'clock. She was born in Lawrenceburgh, Tenn., July 7, 1871 and when she died she was 21 years, 4 months and 12 days old. She had a large circle of friends who mourn her death. She had been a patient sufferer for about 7 months. She professed a hope in Christ, and was able to say "I am so glad that I am saved." To her mother and sisters: "She is not dead but sleeping." (Afro-American Advocate, Nov. 25, 1892)


CURRY--Charles James Curry, age 63, of Narcissa, died at his home Tuesday afternoon, May 19 at 3:40, following a paralytic stroke Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock Funeral services were held at the M. E. church of South Coffeyville, Okla., Thursday afternoon, May 21 with the Rev. Howard Wheat, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Elmwood cemetery in Coffeyville.(Miami Daily News Record, 5-29-1936)


DAVIS--Died, at her home on East 3rd street in Coffeyville last Sunday morning, Mrs. Belzora Davis. Funeral service from the house, with interment at Elmwood Cemetery. (Plaindealer, Sept. 30, 1904)


DODD--The saddest sights our eyes beheld were two funerals at the Macedonia on Wednesday, March the 16th. Mr. Wiley Dodd died at the home of his son, B. Dodd, on Monday evening at 4 p.m. of pneumonia, age 72 years. He leaves an aged wife, a child, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The other was that of Tucker Elias.[see below] (Afro-American Advocate, Mar. 18, 1892)


ELIAS--Tucker Elias died at the home of his mother on Monday night age 14 years. He has been a sufferer for some time and was well liked by all who knew him. The mother and kindred have the sympathy of the people; for in a years' time death has robbed her of three children. The services were conducted by Rev. Joseph Smith. (Afro-American Advocate, Mar. 18, 1892)


ELIAS--Rena Elias died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elias, after suffering for months with consumption. She leaves a mother, two sisters and three brothers to mourn her loss. May she rest in peace. (Afro-American Advocate, Jan. 20, 1892)


FEATERSONE-- Mrs. Bessie Featersone died Monday, July 17th, at the home of her father, M. Fluellin on 8th St. in Independence. (Coffeyville Vindicator, July 28, 1905)


FINES-- The infant daughter of William Fines, of Independence, died Wednesday, July 19th. (Coffeyville Vindicator, July 28, 1905)


FOUNTAIN--Miss Lizzie Fountain died last Tuesday at her home on North street in Coffeyville, and the remains interred in Elmwood Cemetery. (Plaindealer, July 8, 1904)


GARRIOTT--The death of Mrs. Grace Garriott of Cherryvale, a former Miamian, on Monday, Oct. 21, has aeen reported here by friends. Burial was in Cherryvale cemetery. She s survived by one daughter, Mrs. Charles McQueen, Springdale, Ark., and two grandchildren. (Miami Daily News Record, 10-30-1946)


GAUTNEY--TREECE, Kas., Jan. 25—Funeral services for Bert Gautney, 39 years old, of Treece, who died Jan. 24, will be conducted at the Treece Methodist church at 10 o'clock tomorrow. Burial will be in the Cherryvale Cemetery, with military rites observed at the grave by the Cherryvale American Legion post. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gautney of Fredonia. (Miami Daily News Record, 1-25-1934)


HUNNIGAN--Mrs. Mary Hunnigan died March 21 in Coffeyville after a short illness. The members of the family, scattered over the country, were gathered together in time for the funeral Sunday, the 24th: Will of Chicago, Ivory of Kansas City, Tom of Muldrow, Okla., and Horace of Horton, Kansas, arriving there in time. Rufus did not arrive.(Plaindealer, Apr. 5, 1918)


JOHNSON--Died, at the residence of her father in Coffeyville on Sunday morning, Oct. 16, 1892, Miss Virgie Johnson. She was a most esteemible young miss and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. (Afro-American Advocate, Oct. 21, 1892)


KEYLOUGH--Mrs. Eliza Keylough, Cherryvale, died Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, ultimo; a host of relatives were present at her bedside, Mr. Sherman Teal of Wellington and Mrs. Georgia Gath of Wichita, sister and brother, there. Rev. Duncans, of Oswego, conducted the funeral services which were the largest ever held there. (Coffeyville Vindicator, 12-8-1905)


KINNAMAN--Frank Kinnaman, age 16, died in Coffeyville on Tuesday of the effects of hydrophobia. He was bitten about two months ago, the bite being no more than a scratch below the eye. The dog was not thought at the time to be mad. (Kansas City American Citizen, Aug. 7, 1903)


LEAHEW--Joyce Ann Leahew, aged six-months old, died at the family home in Miami, OK at 1:45 o'clock Monday afternoon. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Leahew and by one sister, Eleanor Louise Leahew. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. C. Fred MacLean officiating. Burial will be made in the Fairview cemetery at Cherryvale. (Miami Daily News Record, 11-14-1939)


LEWIS-- Mrs. John A. Lewis died at 503 East Sixth Street in Coffeyville, Aug. 29. She had been suffering from cancer for more than a year at Claremore, Okla., where he husband was in business for about four years. They went to Claremore in 1910 and have made that place their home since that time. She was one of the many loving daughters of George and Jane Hubbard, and leaves a host of loving friends to mourn her death. Interment was at Coffeyville on Aug. 31st, and the remains were followed to their final resting place by a large number of relatives and friends from Parsons, Pittsburg and Claremore. She had been the faithful wife of John Lewis for more than twenty years. (Plaindealer, Sept. 17, 1915)


LYTTLE--Mrs. T. A, Lyttle died last night at an Independence hospital after a long illness. She was the mother of mother of the Rev. John Lytlle and the Rev. Bob Lyttle. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cherryvale Christian church, with burial in the Cherryvale cemetery. (Miami Daily News Record, 5-24-1955)


MCMEEN-- From Coffeyville, Kan., Journal: Chillian McMeen was born on Feb. 17, 1830, and died at his home seven miles west of Coffeyville, Kansas, June 14, 1911, aged 81 years, 3 months and 28 days.
He was stricken in December with creeping paralysis to which disease he succumbed. Being third in a family of eleven children, all having preceded him but one brother. He was united in marriage in Oakland Mills, Pa., Feb. 15, 1859, to Miss Francis A. Kurtz. The following spring they located on a farm near Walnut, Bureau Co., Ill., on which place he resided until the fall of 1891, when he came to Coffeyville. A family of five boys and three girls blessed this union. They are Mrs. A.T. Alshouse, W.I., B.W., Mrs. Maggie Sloan, P.N., E.K., J.O. and Mrs. Lillian Frazier. One daughter, Mrs. Maggie Sloan died in Princeton, Ill., eleven years ago. The rest residing near by but E.K., who resides at Dixon, Ill.
God permitted this good couple to journey down life’s path for over fifty-two years. On Feb. 15, 1909, the seven children with their families gathered at the home to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of their marriage.
Funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. Stanton Olinger, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. The remains were conveyed to their resting place in the Robbins cemetery nearby. (Walnut [IL] Leader, Friday, June 23, 1911, page 1, column 4)


MCMEEN-- From Coffeyville, Kan., Journal: Frances A. Kurtz McMeen was born at Evansville, Penn., September 26, 1836, and died at her home seven miles west of Coffeyville January 17, 1912, at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 21 days. When four years old she moved with her parents to Oakland Mills, Penn., residing there until her marriage to Chillian McMeen, February 15, 1859. The following spring with her husband she located on a farm near Walnut, Ill., at which place she resided until November, 1891. With her husband and family she came to Kansas and settled on a farm seven miles west of Coffeyville, residing there until her death. She was the mother of eight children, five boys and three girls; one daughter Mrs. Maggie Sloan, having preceded her nearly twelve years ago. The others are: Mrs. A.T. Alshouse, W.Q., B.W., P.N., and J.C. McMeen, and Mrs. Lillian Frazier, all of whom reside in Coffeyville and vicinity, and E.K. McMeen, who resides near Dixon, Ill., all being present but the latter.
February 15, 1909, the children with their families, gathered at the home to remind their aged parents that they had spent fifty years of wedded life together. That was a day long to be remembered by those present. Last June 14, 1911, God called away the husband and father from this home. Now He has called the mother, leaving the home vacant and still, with dear memories of home and parents in the hearts of the children which never can be chilled.
Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, January 18, 1912, at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Percival H. Harker, Pastor of the Presbyterian church, the casket being tenderly carried by the four sons and two sons-in-law. Those whom she has left are: The seven children, ten grandchildren, one brother, E.T. Kurtz in Pennsylvania; a sister, Mrs. Debbie Lochman of Walnut, Ill., and a brother, Isaac Kurtz of Coffeyville. Interment was made in the Robbins cemetery, near by, by the side of the husband who was laid to rest only a short time ago.
Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run.
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep.
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
“He giveth His beloved sleep.”
(Walnut [IL]Leader, Friday, January 26, 1912, page 1, column 4&5)


MORGAN--Mr. Morgan died March 18th at his home on Maple street in Coffeyville, after suffering for some time from dropsy. He was an old resident of the city and owned a great deal of property. He leaves a widow and other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He funeral was held from the A.M.E. church, Rev. A. H. Brooks, the pastor, officiating. (Plaindealer, Apr. 8, 1910)


MORRIS--Eleanor Morris, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Morris, died at their home on Walnut street in Coffeyville on Sunday afternoon. The body was taken to the Territory for burial. (Plaindealer, Aug. 21, 1903)


OEHLER--Fred C. Oehler, 73, of Coffeyville, died June 6th in a Los Angeles, Cal., hospital. He and his wife were on vacation visiting relatives when he was stricken. He was a former postmaster at Coffeyville and Cherryvale, and a former mayor of Cherryvale, where he also operated a drug store before moving to Coffeyville 25 years ago. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.(Miami Daily News Record, 6-7-1948)


RENFROW--Mrs. Jake Renfrow died suddenly at her home in Coffeyville on Friday evening of heart disease. She was 40 years old and leaves two children. The funeral was held at the Macedonia Baptist church Saturday afternoon. (Plaindealer, Aug. 21, 1903)


RIDER--Services for Mrs. William Rider, 63, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Epiphany Episcopal church in Independence. Rev. John Fargher will officiate. She died Monday in Independence where she had lived since 1916. Graveside rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at a cemetery in Emporia, Kan. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. James Winkler, of independence and Mrs. O. R Mousley of Miami, OK. (Miami Daily News Record, 4-16-1957)


ROAN--Died--Little Willie Roan, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Roan, died on Saturday evening, about seven o'clock. He had been sick for some time. This little bud was transplanted from this world and sin and sorrow to that sunny land of bless and glory. Our manager and family have the sympathy of their many friends. (Afro-American Advocate, Aug. 18, 1893)


SCIPIO--Died, at his home on East 11th street, Sunday at 2:30 a.m., Allen Scipio, aged 70. Mr. Scipio was well known and respected in this community having resided here during the past eighteen years. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev, J. S. Smith of the Sardis Baptist church, of which he was a faithful member. Deceased leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. May he rest in peace. (Coffeyville American, May 7, 1898)


SMITH--Henry Smith, a former resident of Coffeyville, who was brought here very sick from Claremore, Okla., a short time ago, died on March 22, of appendicitis. He was fifty years of age. He is survived by a widow, two daughters, a son and other relatives. Rev. A. H. Brooks conducted the funeral from the A.M.E. church. (Plaindealer, Apr. 8, 1910)


SURVEYOR--Howard Surveyor died at his home on E. 7th street in Coffeyville on March 26, aged twenty years. Funeral services were held from the A.M.E. church on Monday, Rev. A. H. Brooks officiating. Mr. Sunday (?) was one of Coffeyville's best citizens-a fine young man in every respect. He was a favorite among the students of the high school, from which he graduated a year ago. His gentle manner and pleasing disposition won for him a host of friends. A mother, sister and other relatives deeply feel the loss of one they loved so dearly. (Plaindealer, Apr. 8, 1910)


UPHAM--Died, at Coffeyville, Kansas, March 26, 1884, at the home of her son, W. S. Upham, of paralysis, Mrs. Eliza Upham, wife of the late Rev. W. P. Upham, age 64 years. Mr. and Mrs. Upham labored at the Baptist Mission, Going Snake District from 1842 to the breaking out of the war in 1861--18 years. She was ever active in the cause of her Master, had just arisen from the evening family prayers in which she led--when she was struck down unconscious and died without any suffering. Her life was one of usefulness and truly it can be said of her "she hath done what she could." She leaves two daughters in the east and two sons at Coffeyville, Kansas. (Cherokee Advocate, Tahlequah, OK, April 18, 1884)


WOLF--Martha Jane Mullnix was born in Delaware county, New York, October 22, 1844 and died in Walnut, Illinois, March 20, 1915, age 70 years, 4 months and 28 days.
On October 2, 1862 she was married to Lorenzo Sweet, in Ogle county, Ill., and to this union five children were born, John Sweet and Mr. T. Franks of Cabool, Miss., Walter Sweet of Arkansas City, Mrs. Mina Neville of Coffeyville, Kansas and Mrs. Lydia Kivett of Nowata, Oklahoma.
Lorenzo Sweet died March 20, 1880, just 35 years ago to the day.
On January 4, 1884, she was married to Jacob E. Wolf and to this union two children were born, Mrs. Hattie Behrendt of Harmon, Illinois, and George of Walnut.
She is survived by her husband, seven children and twenty one grandchildren.
The funeral was held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A.W. Otis, and the remains were laid to rest in the Walnut cemetery.
Dearest Mother, thou has left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel.
But ‘tis God that haft bereft us;
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee.
When the storms of life have fled.
Then in heaven with joy we’ll greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

Card of Thanks. Our sincere gratitude is heartily extended to the neighbors and friends whose assistance and sympathy was so freely given during the illness and after the death or loved one, Mrs. Jacob Wolf. Husband and children.

Page 5: Mrs. Mina Neville of Coffeyville, Kansas and Mrs. Lydia Kivett and little son of Nowata, Oklahoma, who were called her a month ago by the illness of their mother, Mrs. Jacob Wolf, departed for their homes Wednesday afternoon. (Walnut [IL] Leader, Friday, March 26, 1915, page 1, column 2)


WONDERLY--Arley Wonderly Dead.
Arley, the 7-year-old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Andy Wonderly, died Sunday night at the family home in West Eighth street of pneumonia fever. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. Wonderly’s father, five miles west of town, with burial at Elmwood. (Coffeyville Journal, Feb. 10, 1901.) Submitted by Emily Jordan.


WONDERLY--Mrs. Nancy Wonderly, aged 71 years, who lived near this city, died Sunday from rheumatism. She had been an invalid for over twenty years. The funeral will be held Tuesday and interment made in the Robbins cemetery, six miles west of this city. An aged husband is left to mourn the loss of his companion. (Coffeyville Daily Journal, Jan. 25, 1903.) Submitted by Emily Jordan.


WONDERLY--Death of J.A. Wonderly.
J. A. Wonderly, proprietor of the Wonderly green house for the past six years, died Saturday of Bright’s Disease. The funeral was held Monday at the Methodist church, Rev. Johnson delivering the sermon. Services were under auspices of the M.W.A. of which he was a member and the Knights and Ladies of Security and Homesteaders which he held membership in, were also well represented. (Caney Chronicle, Apr. 24, 1914.) Submitted by Emily Jordan.





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