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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Obituaries For Mary Eliza Thomas Colyer 1854-1939 and Sarah Thomas Bozarth 1854-1930

        Great Falls Tribune  Saturday, September 16, 1939  Great Falls, Montana
                                                  Funeral Rites For Mrs. Mary Colyer
                        Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at O'Conner Chapel for
                        Mrs. Mary E. Colyer, 86, widow of George B. Colyer, who died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Ione Farlee, of 706 Eight Avenue South. 
                        The Rev. Paul Dierberger will officiate. 
                                                         Burial in Highland Cemetery 
                        Born August 22, 1853 in Prairie City, Iowa, Mrs. Colyer had made
her home in Great Falls for six years.  Survivors are three sons,
Charles G. of Sheridan, Wyoming, Walter of Seattle and Edward
                        of St. Joseph, Missouri; three daughters; Mrs. G. M. Hapeman of         
Clinton, Washington, and Mrs. Farlee and Mrs. E. L. Creek, both
of Great Falls, 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
                        Note from Pat Johnson:
                        The birth date and place are incorrect in the above obituary. She was born
                        22 August 1854 (per the Colyer Family Bible) and I believe she was born
in Adams County, Illinois where her parents married. Eliza was the daughter
of David H. and Elizabeth Lillard Thomas.



            After an illness of four weeks during which pneumonia developed, Mrs. Sarah

            Bozarth died Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Logan,

            in this city at the age of about 79 years. Mrs. Bozarth had been a resident of this
            community since she was sixteen years of age and was beloved by many friends

            for her worthy Christian character and her useful life. 

            She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas and was born near Ursa,

           Ill.  Her parents died when she was quite small and she was raised by her uncle,

           Frank  Lillard, of near Ursa.   She was married September 16, 1875, to Erastus

           Bozarth of this vicinity who died May 23, 1907.  Of their three children one

          died in infancy, one son, Leslie, died in 1906 and a daughter, Mrs. Lora Logan,

          of this city survives. 

          Two of her grandchildren, Gray Bozarth of Peoria, Ill., and Jessie Reed of

          Kansas City, she had reared as her own, after the death of their parents while

          both children were young.

          Besides her daughter, her five grandchildren and a twin sister, Mrs. Eliza

          Colyer of Seattle, Wash., she leaves three step-children, Mrs. E.F. Westhoff

          of this city, Mrs. Nettie Ervin of Kingfisher, Okla., and Thomas Bozarth of

          Ursa, Ill., to whom she had been as a mother.

          The funeral service was held at the home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by

          Rev. W.K. Moore.  Mrs. W.R. Waterston and Mrs. George Richter sang. 

          Burial was in the Marks Cemetery.


            From The La Grange Indicator@ La Grange, Missouri, Thursday, May 1, 1930


                        Note from Pat Johnson:

                        Sarah Ann was the daughter of David H. and Elizabeth Lillard Thomas.

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