Nancy Brewer

Death Summons Early Settler.

At Home of Her Daughter Mrs. Charles Freeman passes away in Walnut, IL. July 31, 1925 at an advanced age.

Nancy Brewer Freeman was born Dec. 23, 1837, at Elizabeth, Indiana and passed peacefully to rest, July 31, 1925, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Stone of Walnut IL., with whom she has made her home for the past 25 years. Her age was 87 yrs., 7 months and 8 days. She was the daughter of Richard and Mary Brewer, pioneers of Walnut, and immigrated here with them when a little girl.

The hardships and privations were many. This venerable woman has witnessed many changes in this community. Walnut did not exist when she came here, their neighbors were Indians, but in a few years prairies gave way to beautiful farms and the log cabins to modern farms.

She was married Jan. 27, 1857, to Charles S. Freeman of Walnut, who preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1890. To this union 7 children were born, Ella E. Hollis of Hunter, Kansas; Albert R. of Mendota; Stephen J. and Charles R. of Los Angeles Calif.; Josephine Alshouse and Velora Stone of Walnut; and Nona Mae Landers, who passed away Feb. 5, 1913. Besides these, she leaves 25 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren and 1 sister, Mrs. J. Wheeler of Princeton.

Mrs. Freeman was a charter member of the Christian Church and loved to attend services when health permitted. Her last years were full of suffering, but she bore it all with no complaints, those who were with her in her last illness cannot fail to be benefitted by her attitude towards suffering and death.

"She has left this plane of life

with its sorrow, pain and strife.

But her sweet spirit lingers near

to help and comfort those most dear."

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Christian Church, conducted by Rev. H. B. Wheaton, who gave a very fitting sermon. Beautiful hymns were sung by Mrs. J. A. Fisher and Mrs. W. P. Frederick.

She was tenderly laid to rest in Walnut Cemetery by six grandsons: Arden Landers, Harold Stone, Glen Alshouse, Gordon Stetson, Milo Hasbrook, and Jesse Fordham. The floral offerings were beautiful, showing esteem and respect for the departed.

Those present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Freeman of Mendota; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Freeman of Rock Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Arden Landers and daughter Dorothy of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Stetson and Florence Alshouse of Dixon; Mr. and Mrs. Milo Hasbrook and children of Sheffield; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Remsburg and Mrs. L. R. Hoover and son Joe of Princeton.

Card of thanks: We desire to return our heartfelt thanks to the kind neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness and words of sympathy. We are also grateful to the pastor for consoling words spoken, to the singers for the beautiful songs and for the floral offerings and to all others who assisted in any way. Children and Grandchildren.

(Walnut Leader (Walnut, Bureau County, Illinois) 7 Aug 1925, Page 1, Column 3, submitted by Mike Peterson)




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