Notes for MARY ELLEN EMMONS SMITH:
Daughter of Albert and Rachel (Crew) Emmons.
Born: February 8, 1859 in Plymouth, Washington County, Ohio.
Died: March 28, 1915 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Buried: About March 28, 1915 in What Cheer, Keokuk County, Iowa.
June 9, 1860 - Wesley Township, Washington County, Ohio.
July 12, 1870 - Kane Township, Benton County, Iowa.
1880 - Washington Township, Keokuk County, Iowa.
Married: William D Smith Unknown in Unknown.
Obituary of Mary Ellen Emmons, copied with original spelling and punctuation from a newspaper clipping:
Mary Ellen Emmons was born in Washington Co., Ohio, February. 8, 1859 She removed with her parents, Albert and Rachael Emmons to Benton, Ia., in the year 1864. In the summer of 1883, she was united in marriage with William D. Smith, and to this union were born four sons and one daughter. One son died in infancy. The remaining children, Arthur E., of Council Grove, Kansas; Albert T. of Cedar Rapids; Edith R., and Warren M. of What Cheer were present at the funeral.
About ten days before her death while calling on a neighbor, she felt pain and discomfort in her chest. That night she was taken with a severe chill and on calling a doctor found that she was suffering from the dread disease, pneumonia. She, however, seemed to be getting along well until 24 hours before her death when double pneumonia developed, and in spite of all that could be done she sank rapidly to a quiet close near midnight of March 28, 1915. Besides her husband, the surviving children and aged parents, she leaves as mourners her four brothers, and one sister: Orlin D. Emmons, Logan, N. Me.x, Elwood C. Emmons, St. Paul., Louis W., Wilson T. and Sarah L. Emmons of What Cheer and many friends near and dear who will greatly miss her presence here. She was a life-long member of the Society of Friends, in which she has taken an active interest for many years. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, charitable to a fault with others and ever ready to lend a helping hand to a friend in need. The funeral was held at Friend's Meeting House, at Coal Creek March 31, 1915, at two o'clock. Interment in Frined's burying ground.
A number of relatives from a distance were there including, E. C. Emmons, St. Paul, Minn.; Edwin Heald, Edwin Emmons, E. Dean Emmons and Geo. Emmons from Springfield, [sic Springville,] Ia. Clinton and Sarah Hampton from West Branch, Ia.