Laura Belle Webb Donley

Contributed by Jim Simmons.  Thanks, Jim

Pub. Times-Leader, May 21, 1942

        Laura Belle Donley, daughter of John and Sarah Mitchell Webb, was born near McLeansboro, on Feb. 19, 1860, and departed this life at her home in McLeansboro on Monday morning, May 11, 1942, aged 82 years, 2 months and 22 days.

        She was united in marriage with George Donley on Jan. 26, 1887, with whom she lived happily until death called her husband on June 5, 1937.  To this union only one child was born, Mrs. Felix Malone, who survives.

        She professed faith in Christ and united with Webb's Chapel M. E. Church when just a girl and remained a member through her long and useful life.

        She was very devoted to this church, which was named in honor of her faith, and she remained faithful to it unto the last.

        Besides the daughter, Mrs. Malone, she took into her home Hillard Tyler at the age of 7, and became a real mother to him.  He remained in her home until he had a home of his own, and his devotion to her was expressed by him and his wife and little son during her last illness.

        She was home loving and also a good neighbor, and very much appreciated the kindly acts of her many neighbors and friends during her last illness.

        She leaves to mourn their loss, besides the above named, two brothers, John I. and Charley Webb, of McLeansboro; three sisters, Letha Webb and Mrs. Cora Flannigan, of McLeansboro, and Mrs. Teresa Bell, of Chicago and many other relatives and friends.

        Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday, May 13, conducted by Elder John B. Maulding.  Interment took place in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

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