It was a most surprising and unexpected announcement which greeted our people early Christmas morning when the word was passed that Ethel Cantrall had passed over the silent river. Her many friends were not even aware of her illness.

A few knew that she had been ill for a few days. However the announcement of her death was the first word that many received. This made the news all the more startling and unexpected.

Ethel was one of our most popular young ladies. She was always striving to make the best in life. She always placed her self secondary in order that she might do a kindness to others. She was unassuming in all her good works and sought no notoriety for her many deeds of kindness and helpfulness.

She was about her duties at the store until closing time last Saturday night. At that time she complained of not feeling well but she told her employers that she would be on duty Monday morning. After going home she took a turn for the worse and passed to the better world in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Another incident that made her death doubly sad was that it was the birthday anniversary of her aged mother. Ethel Belle Cantrall was born near Gibson City, Ford County, Illinois, September 27, 1881, and died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jasper H. Cantrall, in this city, Tuesday morning, December 25, 1917, aged 36 years, 2 months, and 28 days. Deceased moved with her parents to this city in infancy where she grew to womanhood and where the greater part of her life had been spent among friends and acquaintances.

She united with the Christian church about eleven years ago and continued as a faithful and devoted member until her death.

She was an active member of the Red Cross chapter and ever manifested a deep interest in advancing the work for the relief of others. She was a kind and loving daughter in the family circle, and a loyal and devoted friend to all her acquaintances.

Death was due to a nervous breakdown and heart trouble.

She is survived by her aged parents and four brothers, William H. of Burbank, California, Joseph W. of Cramer, Minnesota, Bertram F. of Athens, and Alfred L. of Springfield, besides many relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church, Thursday morning,
December 27, at 10 o'clock, Rev. C. H. Hands officiating. Interment was made in Hall Cemetery.

Source: Athens Free Press, 28 December 1917


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