unknown undated newspaper clipping from the Amanda Shafer collection
Ulna May Craig Willis, daughter of Wintifred and Louisa Craig, was born Feb 26 1890 in Mercer County MO and departed this life January 13 1963 at the Axtell Hospital, Princeton, MO after ten days of illness at the age of 72 year 10 month 18 days.
On August 14 1912 she was united in marriage to Lawrance Alvin Willis and to this union nine children were born: Mrs Levada Barnes, Bonner Springs, KS; Miss Lavera Willis of the home; Mrs Madeline Bowman, Kansas City, MO; Mrs Velma Cain, Cainsville; Hansel, Alexandria, VA; Hershal, Bethany, MO; Berthel Willis of the home. One daughter Leila, one son Wilford, and her husband preceded her in death, also one granddaughter, Patty Jo Barnes.
She made her confession of Jesus Christ as her savior, becoming a member of the Christian Church at an early age.
Her married life was spent on farms in Harrison and Mercer co. excpet for one year in Iowa. She was much devoted to her home and family.
She was a family of three children. Her father and mother preceded her in death.
She leaves to mourn besides her children, five grandchildren, Mrs Janet Pickett, Linwood, KS; Larry Barnes, Boner Springs; Kenneth Bowman, Kansas City, MO; Mrs Karen O'Neil and Wayne Willis of Cainsville, Mo; five great grandchildren Danny, Dale, and Roberta Pickett, Patricia and Ronnie O'Neil, two sisters Mrs Clyde Stephens, Ridgeway, MO; Mrs Cager Collins, Weldon IA; two daughters--n-law Mrs Etta Willis, Bethany; Mrs Carrie Willis, Alexandria, VA; three sons-in-law Richard Cain, Leslie Bowman, and Glen Barnes, two brothers-in-law Virgil and Vince Willis, Maryville, MO; niece and nephews, and a host of other relatives, friends, and neighbors.
She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
"How blessed the dead
who die in the Lord
For their works follow them"
thus sayeth his word.
Though we cry out in anguish
and dark is the way
we know that He giveth
strength for the day.
This comforts the heart
though tears dim the eyes.
of him, who on God's precious promise relies.
So we may look upward,
our hope fixed on God.
And follow the pathway
our loved one has trod
loved one has trod.
Services were held January 15 1963 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stoklasa Funeral Home in Cainsville, with Reverend Cleo Colville officiating. Burial was at the Fairview Cemetery, 3 miles north of Cainsville with Mr Ed Stoklasa in Charge.
Card of Thanks
We sincerely thank our many friends, neighbors, and relatives for the beautiful flowers, and all those who helped with the funeral service, those who sent cards, food, and helped in many ways during the loss of our mother and grandmother. God Bless Each One Of You.
Lavera, Bert, & Wayne Willis
Mrs Karen O'Neil and children
Mr and Mrs Leslie Bowman & Kenneth
Mr and MRs Hershel Willis
Mr and Mrs Hansel Willis
Mr and Mrs Glen Barnes & family
Mr and Mrs Richard Cain