Salem News August 7, 1930
MRS. RUTH BYERS
In the death of Mrs. Ruth Byers, which occurred at her home in Salem, July 31, Henry county lost one of its oldest and best inhabitants. She was the daughter of John L. and Eunice Scarborough, and was born in Jackson township, Henry county, Iowa, September 12, 1848. She was eighty-one years, nine months and eleven days old at the time of her death. She was well known and greatly beloved in her community having spent all her life in and near Salem. She was a woman of patient, beautiful character, and deeply devoted in her religious life. Borna Friend, she in later years, united with the M. E. church at Salem. She leaves many to mourn her loss.
She was united in marriage to Perry Byers, (who preceded her in death February 27, 1925) on February 7, 1870. To their union twelve children were born. Eleven of them are living. They are Mrs. Rosa Franzman, Cedar Bluffs, Kas.; H. L. Byers, Monitor, Wash.; Mrs. Celeste Annear, Bayard, Ia.,; O. L. Byers, Mt. Pleasant, Ia.; Mrs. Margaret Knight, Charleston, Ia.; Mrs. Zylphia Hannah, Mt. Pleasant; A. L. Byers, Mt. Pleasant; Elsie Florence, deceased; Mrs. Floyd Byers, Salem, and Harvey D . Byers, Weaver, Ia. Besides the children there remain of close relatives, one brother, George Scarborough, Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Mrs. Charity McVey, Salem; forty grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Largely attended funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Salem, on Saturday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock. Pastor Frank Weston of the First Baptist church, Mt. Pleasant, assisted by rev. a. J. Hanson, pastor of the friends church, Salem, conducted the service, and preached the sermon from Rev. 22:21, 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." Mr. and Mrs. Leon Smith, with Mrs. Leah Beery as accompanist, sang very helpfully, "Will the Circle be Unbroken?" "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer," and "The beautiful Land." Six grandsons, Vernon, Harold and Verle Byers, Wayne Hannah, Robert Knight and Ralph Bunker, carried the remains to the grave in the south cemetery at Salem.
The beautiful flowers, the words of high regard and the falling tears of many told more eloquently than a great oration the love in which "Grandma" Byers was held by hundreds of old friends and neighbors.
The family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all for many acts of kindness during the long illness, and at the last sad hours; for the beautiful flowers and to the singers.
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