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Mary Katherine Tennell, wife of John Tennell was born at Southville, Shelby County, Kentucky, November 10, 1866, the daughter of Edmund D. and Amanda Graves.

Deceased was married to John Tennell, July 5, 1888. The family have made their home in Athens for the past nineteen years, coming from Springfield. She joined the Baptist Church in Springfield. Since coming to Athens, she enjoyed the fellowship of the local M. E. Church, serving as an officer in the Missionary Society and various departments of the church and always entertained and worked with the members of the Missionary Society with much pleasure and enthusiasm.

For the past several years, Mrs. Tennell has been in failing health and was forced to practically abandon her activities in connection with the church and the Womans Club. Her ailment had been progressing for some years, first by the development of a goitre, which caused a serious condition of the heart, which was the cause of her demise very suddenly at about 9:00 o'clock Sunday night at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 7 days.

Those surviving are her husband, John Tennell, one son, Edmund D. Tennell, two daughters, Mrs. C. H. Hurtt and Mrs. Harold Herbon of Wilmette; four grandchildren, Harold and Betty Hurtt and Donald and Patsy Ann Herbon, two sisters, Mrs. Phil Kleim of Ottawa and Mrs. Frank Roy, Los Angeles, California.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 o'clock, Wednesday morning at the local M. E. Church, Rev. Unger, pastor of the church officiating. Interment was made in Hall cemetery.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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