Athens Free Press, Nov.3, 1911

Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Passed Saturday After Attaining Ripe Old Age

Mrs. Elizabeth Lee, who had been a resident of this city for a great number of years passed away at her home on Saturday morning at 1:30.

Elizabeth Loomis, a daughter of Jonathan C. and Electa Loomis , was born in Whakely, Mass., on December 23, 1819, and died at her home in this city on Saturday, October 28, 1911 at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 8 days.

She was the last of nine children, her youngest brother, Calvin S. Loomis, having passed away last April at the age of 84 years.

When at the age of seventeen years, she in company with her sister, Mrs. Mary Little, came to Illinois, making the trip in six weeks by steamboat and stage. They located in this vicinity, Mrs. Lee engaged in teaching the Indian Point school, which she taught for a few years, after which she secured a position in the public schools of this city. February 17, 1839, she was united in marriage with Dr. John D. Lee of Virginia, and a cousin of Robert E. Lee. At the time of the marriage Dr. Lee was practicing here and they remained here where the doctor continue his practice for many years before retiring to the country where they located on the farm what is now known as the Charles Culver farm, near Indian Point.

To this union two children were born, a daughter who died in infancy and a son Dunbar, who was accidentally drowned when at the age of 12….[unreadable] …the doctor died on February 14….back into Athens where she has since resided. Deceased is survived by W. A. Preston, a nephew, of St. Joseph, Mich., Mrs. Sarah Hitchcock, a neice, [sic]of this city and Mrs. Nellie Clark, a grand…[unreadable] of Holton, Kans. there being no other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in this city on Monday afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. P. J. Marselji, pastor of the church, assisted by rev. D. G. Carson, of Springfield. The services were opened by a selection of a mixed quartet composed of Messrs. F. H. Whitney and Earl Kincaid and Mrs. Howe Willams and Mrs. F. H. Whitney. Scripture reading and prayer by Rev. Marselji, followed by a very able sermon by Rev. Carson. The remains were laid to rest beside the husband and son in the Indian Point cemetery.

Deceased was a woman of wonderful culture and education. For many years she has been a sufferer from rheumatism, which had caused her to be very badly stooped, and through all of her suffering she maintained a cheerful and generous spirit. She was of a very independent nature, never asking favors and when favors were shown to her she appreciated them to the fullest extent.

Through the latter years she often said that she expected to live to be one hundred years old and her strength of will together with her determination we feel had much to do with her attaining such an advanced age.

Apparently she had been in good health for many years, but recently contracted a very bad cold and was confined to her bed only a few days prior to her death. Since the death of her husband she had always insisted upon living alone, feeling that other persons in her home would interfer [sic]with her small pleasures and comforts.


Will Read Tuesday
The will of the late Mrs. Eliza(beth) Lee was read on Tuesday morning. The North Sangamon church is to receive $500, the Presbyterian church of this city will receive the same amount. $100 was left to the Foreign Missionary society. Each nephew and neice [sic]was remembered with $500. Half of the remaining estate was left to Calvin S. Loomis, a brother, now deceased. The other half was left to a sisters children in the East.

The full value of the estate has not yet been learned as she had considerable money in the East invested in bonds and such.

Among the relatives of the late Elizabeth Lee who attended the funeral here last Monday were Albert Loomis of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Preston, of St. Joseph, Mich. Aruthur Dickerson of New Haven, Conn., and Mrs. Neilie Clark of Holton, Kans.

Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher


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