Athens Free Press
DEATH GREATLY MOURNED
Mrs. Edward R. Branson's Sweet Spirit Released From The Tired Body Last Friday.
Died, at Albequerque, New Mexico. Friday morning, May 19, 1911. Mrs. Alma S. Branson, aged 30years, 3 months and 16 days.
Alma Schneider, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Schneider, was born in Georgetown, Indiana, February 3, 1881, but came with her parents to Athens, Illinois, when two years of age, where she grew to womanhood and continued to reside there until November 24, 1909, when she was united in marriage with Mr. Edward R. Branson, of Petersburg. Soon after their marriage they took up their residence in Springfield, where they made their home until about one week before the death of the wife, when they departed for Albuquerque, New Mexico, hoping that a change of climate would be beneficial to her health. The change seemed to revive her for a few days, but she soon began to grow weaker and all that medical aid and loving kindred could do availed nothing, and the spirit left the wasted and tired body, Friday morning, May 19, 1911.
In 1907 she united with the Christian church in which she was a most earnest and faithful member, for 12 years secretary of the Sunday school, and for 5 years organist in the Sunday school and church. She was gifted with splendid musical talent which had been well developed. She taught music for about five years, both in Athens and Petersburg, and at the same time studied under Prof. J. B. Barnaby, of Springfield. She was leader of the Presbyterian church choir in Petersburg for nearly one year before her marriage, and had sung for the Second Presbyterian congregation on several occasions.
She was the very soul of refinement and her presence breathed humility and purity; meek, patient and cheerful, her sunny disposition was an inspiration to all.
Mrs. Branson leaves to mourn her early departure, an aged mother, a kind and devoted husband, a little daughter, Janet Virginia, aged four months, two brothers, Edgar of St. Louis, Mo., and Everett of Athens, and a multitude of friends.
Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at the home of the mother, Rebecca Schneider in Athens, conducted by Elder William Melvin _roves of Petersburg, assisted by Rev. Mr. Marsilje of the Presbyterian church, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest beside her father in the West cemetery.
A large number of friends attended the funeral from this city, filling an entire coach on the C., P. & St. Louis train, going and coming.
Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher
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