Posted By:Deborah Brownfield - Stanley
Subject:Death of Mary J. (Leach) Cook
Post Date:October 12, 2004 at 20:32:06
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The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, May 24, 1906

MRS. J.H. COOK died at her home in Russell, on Sunday, May 20, 1906, at 7:00 p.m., at the age of 57 years, 6 months and 23 days. MARY J. LEACH was born Oct. 27, 1848 in Shelby County, Indiana, and was united in marriage to J.H. COOK, Sept. 17, 1867. To this union were born three children, ARTA A., who died Dec. 30, 1890; ETHEL B. MITCHEM, who perished in the railroad wreck near Albia, Dec. 13, 1903; and MERTIE M. NELSON, now of Pasadena, California.

MR. and MRS. COOK came to Russell from Henry County, Iowa, in 1869, locating on a farm a short distance from town, and later they moved to Russell where they have since resided. She united with the M.E. Church in 1866 and during the intervening years lived a consistent Christian life, ever active in the cause of right, full of sympathy for the distressed and benevolent in her nature.

The funeral was held at the M.E. Church in Russell on Tuesday and a large concourse of friends paid their tributes of respect by their presence, her Pastor, Rev. A.H. Rusk, conducting the services. As a mark of esteem all traffic in the town was suspended and closed their doors during the funeral and the floral tributes were many and beautiful. She was a long sufferer but endured the ordeal patiently until death came to her relief and the entire community join with her husband and relatives in their grief.

The relatives from a distance were: Mrs. Leach and son Elmer, Mrs. Hall, E.M. Payne of Mt. Pleasant; Calvin Cook of Des Moines; Wm. Mitchem, D. and Mrs. C.B. Powell, Albia.


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