Friday, April 25, 2008

Obituary : Lillian Pierce (1902-1921)

Thanks to the the fine staff at the Anderson, IN Public Library, I now have copies of the obituaries of my maternal great-grandaunt, Lillian PIERCE. Prior to obtaining the obits, I only knew that she died in 1921 from her tombstone. A search of the obituary database from the Anderson Daily Bulletin at their website allowed me to find an obituary and request a copy. The staff sent me more - including other local papers' copy.

From : Alexandria, IN Times-Tribune, Friday, August 12, 1921, p. 1


Death Comes to Lovable Young Woman at Home of Father Thursday Evening

Miss Lillian Pierce, daughter of County Commissioner William Pierce, passed away yesterday evening at 5:30 o'clock at her father's home, 4 miles south of Alexandria at the age of 18 years, 10 months and 29 days, after an illness of 21 months of tuberculosis.

About a year and a half ago Miss Pierce was operated upon at the Home Hospital, and for a time was treated at the Alexandria Hospital. Everything possible was done by her loving father to help the young lady to regain her health, but all to no avail.

Miss Lillian will be greatly missed by her parents and all who knew her on account of her sweet and lovable disposition. To know her was to love her.

Miss Pierce, who knew her end was at hand, was cheerful to the last, and yesterday morning called Rev. Herbert Boase to her bedside and planned all funeral arrangements. She selected the pall bearers, flower carriers, and other details. Rev. E.C. Dunn, who baptised her, will conduct the funeral services at her selection and will be assisted by Rev. Boase.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the family home, and the interment will be at Maplewood cemetery, Anderson.

Miss Pierce is the daughter of Wm. Pierce by his first wife, who was Clara M. Peniston. The deceased is survived by her father, step-mother, one brother, Herman Pierce; one sister, Mrs. Virgil Wright; one half-sister, Nehesta, and three half-brothers, McClellan, Cloyd and Charles.

The funeral will be carried out just as planned by Miss Pierce yesterday.

From : Anderson, IN Herald, Friday, August 12, 1921, p. 1.


Daughter of County Board Member Outlines Funeral Arrangements

Burial Sunday Afternoon

Special to the Herald.

Alexandria, Ind. Aug. 11 - Miss Lillian Pierce, age 18, daughter of William F. Pierce, county commissioner, four miles south of Alexandria, died of tuberculosis at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Miss Pierce called Rev. Herbert Boaze, pastor of the Alexandria M.E. church, to her bedside today and outlined all of the arrangements for her funeral, which will take place at the home at 3 p.m. Sunday. The services will be conducted by Rev. E.G. Dunn, of Oklahoma, who is in Alexandria on a visit. He baptized her when she united with the church. Rev. Boaze will assist. Burial will be in Maplewood cemetery at Anderson.

Besides her father, Miss Pierce is survived by a step-mother, Mrs. Clara Pierce; a brother, Herman Pierce; one sister, Mrs. Virgil Wright, and a half sister and three half brothers.

From : Anderson, IN Daily Bulletin, Saturday, August 13, 1921, p. 1


Alexandria, Aug. 13 - Miss Lillian Pierce, 18 year-old daughter of William F. Pierce, county commissioner, living four miles southwest of Alexandria, died Thursday evening at 5:30 at the family residence. Miss Pierce was employed in the office of the Alexandria creamery until her illness. Rev. Herbert Boase was called to her bedside Thursday and she made all arrangements for the funeral, which will be held at the home on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, in charge of Rev. E.C. Dunn of Oklahoma, who baptized her and received her into church membership while she was in the Alexandria hospital. Rev. Boase will also assist in the services. Burial will be made in Maplewood cemetery at Anderson. Besides her father she is survived by a stepmother, one brother, Herman Pierce; one sister, Mrs. Virgil Wright, a half sister and three half brothers.

From : Alexandria, IN Times-Tribune, Saturday, August 13, 1921, p. 1.


The funeral of Miss Lillian Pierce will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of her father, Wm. Pierce, 4 miles south of the city. The services will be conducted by Rev. E.C. Dunn, assisted by Rev. Herbert Boase. The funeral will be conducted as planned by Miss Pierce on the morning she died. Interment will follow at the West Maplewood cemetery, Anderson. The funeral will no doubt be largely attended owing to the popularity of the young woman, who was the daughter of County Commissioner William Pierce.

From : Alexandria, IN Times-Tribune, Monday, August 15, 1921, p. 1.


Many Attend Funeral Yesterday Afternoon - Interment at Anderson Cemetery

The funeral of Miss Lillian Pierce was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Pierce, four miles south of this city, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock, and was one of the largest funerals ever held in that community. The funeral was conducted just as had been planned by Miss Pierce on the morning of her death.

Rev. E.C. Dunn conducted the services, using for his text the 14th chapter of John, first verse: "Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me." He spoke of Christ going away, and of His interest in His disciples - how much He loved them, and that His desire was that they still believe in Him as their Saviour and Friend. Jesus was going away to be with His Father. He said : "I will not leave you comfortless." How true it is. He has been with us in spirit and power, to comfort us, and keep us near Him in life. He spoke tenderly of Miss Pierce, and how her face did shine with the glory of God when she was received into the church, and how resigned she has been since that time. He felt if she could only speak, she would say, "Let not your heart be troubled, have faith in Jesus." He will not leave you comfortless, but He will come unto you. We can not always understand, but Jesus said, "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."

Rev. Herbert Boase concluded the services at the home with a short sermon and prayer. The remains were then taken to the family burial plot in the West Maplewood cemetery at Anderson, where interment took place. The grave was lined with white and pink gladiolas and surrounding the grave were placed over two dozen beautiful floral designs. The casket, a peach bloom plush, was then placed over the grave, when the commital service was conducted as the body was lowered into its last resting place.

The floral offerings were beautiful and were carried by Gladys Fuller, Ruth Osborn, Floy Johnson, Lena Maddox, Ada Starr, Sarah Pierce, Daisy Whetsel, Pauline Jarrett, Nellie Maddox, Virginia Hollowell, Deva Gritton, Marie Pierce, Ethel Watson and Opal Hensley.

The pallbearers were Ruth Schwinn, Mildred Bristol, Ruby Stephenson, Dess Hollowell, Katherine Martin, Bernice Stephenson, assisted by John Johnson and Lyman Jones. The singing at the home consisted of two duets by Mrs. Harold Day and Miss Mildred Dunn, namely, "Does Jesus Care?" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken." Mrs. Harold Day sang as a solo, "Face to Face." Miss Katherine Keller accompanied the singers on the piano.

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