DEBRA LORAINE McNITT HASTINGS
Walnut: - Debra Loraine McNitt was born
March 3, 1848 , in Walnut, Bureau County, Ill., and passed away at the home
of her son, Robert, on Griswold avenue, Sterling, Ill., aged 75 years, 9
months, 21 days. Her childhood days were spent in Walnut and vicinity. She
was united in marriage in 1863 to Oliver H. P. Hastings, who preceded her in
death in 1895. To this union thirteen children were born, Irene, Elkanah,
Mary, Henry and Charles preceding their mother in death. The surviving
children are Mrs. Laurie Fisher of Drexel, Mo.; Perry of Joliet; Mrs. Ethel
Frye of Rock Falls; Mrs. Edith Bridgman of Woosung; Luella of Sterling; Mrs.
Bernice Magee of Sterlilng; Mrs. Mae Handy of Grand Island, Fla., and Robert
Besides fourteen grandchildren and six great
grandchildren, she also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Henry Kimball of Rhame,
N.D.; Mrs. Henry Kruger of Vinton, Ia., and Mrs. Chas. Eggers of Chilocco,
Okla., and three brothers, Frank of Rock Falls, Charles of Morrison and
Stephen of Ravanna, Mich.
Mrs. Hastings was of a kind and loving disposition with a smile and cheerful
word for all who passed her way, always ready to help one in need as well as
rejoice in another's good fortune, envious of none, loving her neighbors and
her enemies. In her passing a real soldier of the cross is lost, but heaven
has opened her gates and received another angel.
(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls,
Illinois, January 29, 1924 - Tuesday, pg 7,
submitted by Melva L. Taylor)