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From: Times; 1915

Mary Coker

Mary C. Wilson was born near Knoxville, Tenn., October 30, 1824 and at the time of her death was 91 years, 2 months and 16 days of age.  She was married to John H. Coker in 1834.  In 1846 she, with her husband, moved to Illinois, and settled where is now the Graff farm south of town.  A year later they moved to the farm where she has lived all these seventy years and where Death, in his relentless harvest, found her waiting.  Here in the heart of the primeval forest she and her deceased husband carved from the wilderness a home, where they were blessed with nine children, three of whom were spared to comfort and cheer her declining years and who were at her bedside ministering to her every want when the summons came--Nancy C. Asbury, Chars. W., of this city, and John W. of Harrisburg.

Aunt Mary Coker was known to perhaps some member of every family in the county; and to know her was to love her in life and revere her memory now that she has passed beyond.

Her early religious training was of the Presbyterian faith, but shortly after coming to Illinois, she, with her husband, joined the Methodist Episcopal church, of which she remained a devout and faithful member.

To the bereaved daught and sons, and other sorrowing relatives, we extend our deepest sympathy.

Published: Times; January 20, 1916

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