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Dallas Morning News
October 21, 1885


Mrs. Marilla Sivills, wife of Maj. John Sivills, who lived fifteen miles southeast of the city, died Saturday and was interred near her home Sunday morning.  She was 80 years of age and had been a resident of Grayson County for nearly fifty years.  She was among the first women who ever lived in this city.
She leaves a number of sorrowing kindred and a host of friends.

Sherman Daily Register
Tuesday, October 20, 1885

Another Mother of Texas Laid Away In the Tomb

On last Saturday evening, at her home, fifteen miles south east of this city, in the 80th year of her useful and long life, Marilla Sivills passed away from the cares of a mortal existence, into the realms of the sweet beyond where rest eternal abideth.  

She was the help meet of Maj. John Sivills who came to Grayson county while it was yet an unorganized wilderness, and a precinct in Fannin county.  For half a century have Marilla Sivills and her husband watched the growth of Sherman and Grayson county, and aided in the upbuilding of this glorious land.  But now the mode of her belayed state covers all that is mortal of her, and friends and relatives will meet her no more, until the river of death shall have been crossed by them and they view her in her heavenly home.  

To the distressed kindred to whom she has always been a refuge in times of sorrow, the Register offers it sincerest sympathy, and to him with whom she has traveled the paths of life for so many years, in trusts, may some of the happy greeting on the other side where parting shall be no more.

Sherman Daily Register
Tuesday, October 20, 1885

17 Oct - Marilla Sivills died at her home 15 mile southeast of  Sherman, wife of Maj. John Sivills.  Mrs. Bickle, of Denison, and old friend of family of Mr. Sirpless, who came for funeral, returned to her home this evening. 

Bush Cemetery
Elaine Nall Bay