In Honor of Mother’s Day: Lillian Nelson Stearns

In Honor of Mother’s Day

I will honor my grandmother


 I am rewriting the death notice of my grandmother; Lillian M. Nelson Stearns. I never met my paternal grandmother, who died the year before her future daughter in law was born.

Lillian Nelson Stearns

Mrs. Lillian Nelson Stearns passed away on Monday morning, after a long illness. She was born in Sutton, September 19, 1895, the daughter of William Frank Nelson and Clara T. Chase. She was married on December 31, 1920, to Nathan A. Stearns. She is survived by her mother, Clara T. Shaw; a daughter, Eleanor; a son Nelson; besides her husband.

Funeral services were held at the church on Thursday, at 2 o’clock. Rev. John C. Hatch officiated. The Grange, of which she was a member, attended in body. The bearers were Fred M. Anderson, Harry L. Chadwick, William L. Chadwick and Harold W. Chadwick, and interment was in the family lot in Millwood cemetery. There were many beautiful floral pieces. Fred A. Pressey was the funeral director.

Cards of Thanks

 We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of the neighbors, relatives, and friends who kindly assisted us in many ways during the long illness and passing of our loved one; to all those sending fruits, cards, and flowers during her illness; and the Grange and the King’s Daughters.

Nathan A. Stearns and family; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shaw

I do not know what paper the notice was in or the date published. I do know she died 11 June 1934. My Aunt Eleanor had cut out the notice from the paper. She also informed me that Clara’s middle initial was J not T. It is a reminder to us that newspapers do make mistakes. It is best to use them as a guide in helping our research, but not to take it a gospel.


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