Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Mrs. Mary I. Thomas.Date: August 25 1910
Newspaper published in: Houston, MO
Mary Isabell Hillier, wife of Malachi Thomas, residing two miles northwest of Plato, was born in western Tennessee, Feb. 6, 1841; died at her home in Texas county, Mo., Aug. 5, 1910, of typhoid fever, after a painful illness of 35 days.
Grandma Thomas was left to the care of a widowed mother when quite young by the death of her father and no one had more sympathy or care of orphans than she had. She had raised one orphan grandson almost to manhood and at time of her death had two more under her care and protection.
She was married to Malachi Thomas Dec. 27, 1860. Fifteen children were born to this union, four of whom died in infancy and four died after they had reached maturity and having been married and having families of their own. Six of the children that have gone passed away under the parents' roof, under a mother's care. She was at the bedside of the other two.
Grandma was united with the Christian church about 1868 and remained a faithful and consistent Christian until the end. She was a Christian by example as well as precept. She was well known through a wife part of surrounding territorial county, having come to this county when quite young, being only six years of age.
She leaves a husband, five sons, two daughters, 29 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren living, (having two daughters, six sons and ten grandchildren dead," and a host of friends to mourn our loss, but our loss is most surely her eternal gain.
She will be greatly missed from the family circle, the neighborhood and the church. She always had a willing mind and a ready hand to help any one in sickness, need of charity or distress of any kind. She was a kind, helpful companion to her husband, with whom she had lived 49 years, 7 months and 13 days; a kind, instructive mother to her children; a neighbor whom all will miss from their midst. Her good deeds will live long after her.
Her remains were laid to rest at the Central grave yard. Funeral services were conducted by Elder L. P. Jarvis.