Monday, May 25, 2009
Sarah Morrison Kershaw, 1854-1932
Sarah E. Morrison-Kershaw, wife of the late Rev. Andrew Kershaw and daughter of Gaven and Mary Ann Morrison, was born April 11, 1854, in Clermont county, Ohio, and departed this life May 26, 1932, at the home of her youngest brother, Bert Morrison of Jerome, at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 15 days. When she was a small child she came with her parents to Iowa, the family locating near Jerome. She united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Jerome in her youth.
On Sept. 18, 1898, she was married to Rev. Andrew Kershaw and became a kind mother to his small son, Paul. From that time most of her life was spent in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming as a faithful helper of her husband, who was appointed to churches in these different states.
After many years of faithful service they retired at an old age and in 1926 moved to Seymour, Iowa, near their relatives and old friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1928; she then made her home with her half brother, John Barr, and later with her sister, Mrs. Mintie Bollman, each of these also preceded her in death. The last five months was spent at the home of her youngest brother, Bert Morrison.
She is survived by a stepson, C. Paul Kershaw, and family of Streator, Ill., who were unable to be present, two brothers: William Morrison of Plano, Ia., and Bert Morrison of Jerome, and two nieces, Mrs. Mary Morrison-Jones of Ottumwa, Ia. and Mrs. Ida Morrison-Mincks of Jerome.
The funeral service was conducted by the pastor, Jas. A. Wilson, in the church in Jerome and interment was in the cemetery near by.