Friday, November 13, 2009

Bertha Etta Close McGavran, 1884-1946

Seymour Herald - 2 May 1946
Final Rites For Mrs. Chas. McGavran
  Funeral services for Mrs. Chas. L. [Charles Lovell] McGavran were held at the Christian Church Friday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. Clifford Carter, pastor of the United Brethern Church officiated.
  Music was furnished by Miss Isal Miller and Mrs. Verda Morrow, accompanied by Mrs. Gertie Smith. Selections were: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "Under His Wing" and "Good Night and Good Morning."
  Those in charge of the flowers were: Flossie Davison, Maud Hickerson, Pearl Miller, Leta Allee, Ethel Bennett and Cleo Handlin.
  Pall bearers were: Jay Kincade, Warren Young, Vernon Cain, Bob Henderson, John Evans and Frank Miskimins.
  The Rebekah Lodge also conducted a short service.
  Interment was in Southlawn cemetery.
  Bertha Etta Close, daughter of P. [Pembroke] B. and Adaline Close, was born August the 28th, 1884 in [Johns Township] Appanoose county, Iowa, and departed this life April 24, 1946 in the hospital at Ottumwa, Iowa, where she had gone for treatment.
  At the time of her passing, she was 61 years, 7 months and 26 days onld.
  She was united in marriage to Charles L. [Lovell] McGavran, October 2, 1904. To this union, two children were born; Kenneth [Wayne] of near Sewal and Keith [C.] of Ames.
  She was preceded in death by her father and mother, one brother and one sister.
  Early in her married life, she united with the Christian Church in Seymour, and remained a faithful member until the end. She was president of the Missionary Society for the past five years, also a member of the Rebekah Lodge of Seymour.
  She was a faithful and loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and will be greatly missed in the home and community.
  She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, two sons, Kenneth and Keith; two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Ira Garretson, of Seymour, Mrs. Della Liley and Mrs. Belle Vaughn of Corydon, and Mrs. Charles Holton of Russell, and one brother, Howard E. Close of San Diego, Calif., and a host of relatives and friends.
  She spent her entire life in Appanoose and Wayne counties; the last nine years of her life was spent in Seymour.

  She is not dead,  our precious one,
  She is only sweetly sleeping,
  She will live again, in the great beyond
  Where there shall be no weeping.
  So do not grieve for her dear ones,
  Although, your hearts are broken,
  For Jesus waits, on that Golden shore,
  To take her home to Heaven.

  Among the many relatives from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. Elvin McCavran and daughter Mary Jean of Powersville, Mo, Dorothy McGavran of Denver, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Emory Lister, and Ell Hixenbaugh of Plano, Harold Lister of Mystic, Mrs. Olive Buck, Centerville, Mrs. Edith Stansbury of Oakdale, Mrs. Clyde Whitforth of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Mrs. Charles Wilson of Lansing, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Ray Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Taylor of Grinnell, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Potter and Mrs. J. R. Anderson and son Kenneth of Boone, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Lemley of Mystic, Paul Burr of East Moline, Mrs. L. E. Cotter and son Larry, Mrs. Edyth Burr of Sioux City.
  Mrs. Bell Vaughn and son Richard, Mrs. Della Liley, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Vaughn, Mrs. Glen McCough, all of Corydon, Mrs. Blanche Jones of Leon, Rev. and Mrs,. Charles Holton of Russell.
Card of Thanks
 We wish to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to our friends for the kindness shown us during our recent bereavement, also for the lovely floral tribute and cards. We wish especially to thank the Alpha Class and the Rebekah Lodge for their service.
  Charles L. McGavran
  Kenneth McGavran and family
  Keith McGavran and family 

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