My mother and her father kept newspaper clippings. I am posting them in hopes of helping others.
Mrs. Ellen Laughlin, daughter of William and Mary Ann Riley, was born March 18, 1860 at Cameron, Mo., in Dekalb County, Mo., and died in Dallas County, Mo., west of Conway on Feb. 3, 1942, at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 16 days.
On June 2, 1880, she was married to Michiell Oliver Laughlin who preceded her in death a number of years ago.
Six children were born to them, all of who survive. They are Bernard of Springfield, Mrs. Katie Barcley of Little Rock, Ark., Mrs. Hettie Skinner of Tuscon, Ariz., Mrs. Addie Clark of Grand Junction, Colo., Geo. of Elkland, RFD, and Mrs. Daisy Lamun of Lindsay, Calif.
She is survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
She was in the language of the poet "the last leaf on the tree." The last of a family of seven children.
Mrs. Laughlin was well and widely known in this section, having lived among us for years, and has many friends who were made sad by her passing.
In early life, in her girlhood days, she united with the Christian Church and on locating in the Charity community she transferred her membership to the church there and remained a true and faithful member until death. She attended regularly and took an active part in the work of the church as long as her health permitted. Some years ago her health failed and she was never strong again but was able to go about much of the time until the last few months.
She has spent much of her time among her children. Last year she visited her daughter, Mrs. Daisy Lamun, and family in Lindsay, Calif., and her daughter, Mrs. Hettie Skinner in Tuscon, Ariz. She was never satisfied away from her home community. During the autumn last year she returned here and has made her home with an old friend, Mrs. Anna Edwards, who lives west of Conway in the Graves district.
She gradually failed in strength until two weeks ago when she became critically ill and continued so until the end.
Mrs. Edwards cared for her as if she were her mother. Most of children came and the doctor came a number of times but all efforts failed. Her work on earth was done and on Tuesday evening at 8:00 o'clock she quietly passed away.
She was conscious to the last moment. She knew her children and all the neighbors and friends who came to visit her and talked to them.
It was her desire to spend her last days among those she had known so long and that Elder Elmer Davison of Elkland whom she had known all his life, should conduct her funeral at the Charity Christian Church, that her body be placed in the cemetery there.
Her body lay in-state at the home of her son, George Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted as she had requested and interment was made under the direction of L. B. Jones.
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