The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, November 26, 1908
MRS. MATILDA TRACY died at the home of her daughter, MRS. JAMES GRIMES, in Derby, Iowa, on Nov. 20, 1908, after a short illness. MATILDA E. (COME or CAME?) was born in Juniata County, Pennsylvania on June 22, 1834. Her
parents moved to Ashland County, Ohio and here the deceased grew to maturity and was united in marriage to ELI W. TRACY, on March 6, 1856.
To them as parents six children were born, four sons and two daughters.
Three of this number, WILLIAM, ARLO and MRS. NELLIE MCNAY, have passed away, while MRS. BELLE GRIMES, of Derby, EVERETT, who is living on the old homestead in Lucas County, and JOEL A. TRACY of Elgin, Oregon, are left to
mourn the absence of a true, kind and tender mother.
After the marriage of the deceased, she and family came to Lee County, Iowa.
After residing here sometime they removed and came to Lucas County in 1872,
where they settled on a farm near Lucas, where by industry and frugality
they made a comfortable home. About six years ago, the husband died, since
which time MRS. TRACY has made her home with her daughter, MRS. BELLE GRIMES of Derby, where she was nicely and pleasantly cared for until called to her rest.
While young in life the deceased made a profession of religion and united
with the Seceder Church and on coming to Lee County, Iowa, she became a
member of the Missionary Baptist Church and was at the time of her death a
worthy, sincere and loved member of the May Baptist Church.
The funeral was held in the Presbyterian Church at Derby on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m., and was largely attended by kind, sympathizing friends. Services were
conducted by Rev. F. Edwards of Osceola, assisted by the Presbyterian
Minister of Derby, after which the remains were quietly laid to rest by the
side of her husband in the Derby Cemetery to await the resurrection day.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
*Additional information contributed by Gary W. Tharp
April 19, 2005
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