Mary Emma Wilson

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The above was sent with other documents by Gerald McCallum.  Its is possibly a draft obit.  It is interpreted as:

    Mary Emma Wilson was the daughter of Elizabeth Schaffer and Reuben Grimes and was born Aug. 24, 1861 on the farm adjoining the one where she died Feb 20, 1931 at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 27 days.

    She is survived by her husband John Wilson and their four children, Daniel W. of Alliance, Mrs. Leroy McCallum of Paris, Ohio, Mrs. Homer T. Silver of Youngstown, Mrs. Clifford J. Rufe of the home, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  A brother, Jerry Grimes, preceded her in death in 1928 and a sister Mrs. Lavinia Wallace, died 1929.  A grandson, Lorin Wilson, lost his life in the battle of the Argonne during the World War.

    Her entire life was spend in this immediate vicinity.  As a young woman she identified herself with the Beechwood United Brethern Church where the names of Schaffer and Grimes have been enrolled for generations.  She was devoted to her home, her family, and community interests, especially enjoying the Missionary Society of her church.

    Mrs. Wilson was always interested in those less fortunate than herself.  She always had some individual or several, outside of her own family, for whom she was doing things.  Thus is brought to a close a quiet life of humble service for others and now the life in the better land is begun, the life which shall have no interruptions and so end, for-

    "There is a world above,
    Where parting is unknown;
    A whole eternity of love
    Form'd for the good along;
    And faith beholds the dying here
    Transplanted to that happier sphere."