Mrs. Ivan H. Dellinger died at 10:30 o'clock p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 1921, at her home two miles northeast of this city, after an illness of about a week's duration. Her illness began when erysipelas symptoms appeared on her face and spread to her eyes and mouth. The disease weakened her rapidly and finally caused the heart action to give way. Her suffering was intense, yet she never complained. With exceeding patience she bore her affliction, and with christian fortitude endured unto the end.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal church in this city and were in charge of a former pastor at Wellsford, Kans., Rev. L. W. Kemp of Pratt. He preached a very practical and helpful sermon, full of hope and of comfort for the living. He paid a beautiful tribute of respect to the deceased referring to her as a fine type of the christian wife and mother. Her influence in the home and with all with whom she came in contact was always such as served to uplift and help those about her, he said.
Edna Ethel Spurgeon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Spurgeon, was born in Moulton, Iowa, on May 11, 1887. Her age at the time of her death was therefore, 34 years, 4 months and 10 days. Her early childhood was spent in Iowa, but later she moved with her parents to Chase, Kans., where, on October 11, 1904, she was united in marriage with Ivan H. Dellinger. To this union four children were born, as follows: Iva Violet, Myrl Evert, Howard Alfred and Homer Duane, the latter aged only about two months. At the age of nine years at Atwood, Kans., Mrs. Dellinger united with the United Brethren church. In the year 1908 she moved with her family to Wellsford, Kans. There in the year 1914 she united by letter with the Methodist Episcopal church. All who knew Mrs. Dellinger were her devoted friends, for she was a friend to all, giving freely of her time and her energies toward making better and happier those about her. How much she will be missed in the home and in the community can never be told, but her influence for good will live after her, making her memory blessed to all who knew her.
Mrs. Dellinger is survived by her husband and four children, also her mother, two brothers and a large circle of friends. Quite a number of relatives and former acquaintances from Kiowa and Pratt-cos. were present at the funeral. To those who now mourn the loss of a dear wife, mother, neighbor and friend, the heartfelt sympathy of all goes out in this, their hour of deep affliction.
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