unknown undated obit from grandma graces book
Etha May Wissler, daughter of Rudolph and Pane (Smith) Wissler was born March 2 1884 near Hatfield, Mo. where she grew to young womanhood. She departed this life Dec. 31 1967 at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 29 days.
On Aug. 28 1904 she was united in marriage to Francis Marion Brown, who preceded her in death Aug. 30 1945. To this union were born four children, Albert Everett, William Wiley, Jennie and Francis Eugene. Two sons, Albert and Francis, preceded her in death, also her father, mother, sister, Estel Markum, and one brother, Elmer. Survivors are the son, William, daughter, Mrs. Jennie Neill, son-in-law Sherman Neill, with whom she had made her home since the death of her husband, also several cousins, nieces and nephews. Some of whom had lived in her home and been cared for.
She had been very ill for several months and tenderly cared for by her daughter and husband and son, William.
She with her parents moved to Gilman City in 1902, where the remainder of her life was spent. She was converted when a young girl near Hatfield and later united with the Christian Union Church near her home. May was a kind, loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and always made her friends welcome in her home. She will be sadly missed for she was well loved by many.
Precious memories of a dear mother.
"She always learned to watch for us,
Anxious if we were late;
In winter by the window,
In summer, by the gate.
"And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe,
Because she waited there.
"Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.
"Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late;
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning from Heaven's gate."
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Christian Union Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Wayne Caulkins. The Rev. Caulkins and family sang "Precious Memories", "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be", and "Beyond the Sunset".
Pallbearers were Jay Welsh,Darrel Ratliff, James Ratliff, Leo Turner, Lester Robertson and Hubert Carter.
Flower girls were Juanita Welsh, Marjorie Flint, Marian Carter, Alta Harrison, Chloe Carpenter, Aville Robertson, Accalene Taylor and Deloris Ratliff.
She was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery near the church.
Card of Thanks
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all the friends and relatives for the many acts of kindness show, for the food, cards, beautiful flowers and words of comfort, and especially to Rev. Caulkins and family for the beautiful songs and prayers. Also to Dr Cross for his care of our mother during her long illness. May God bless each of you.