Salem News Feb. 29, 1912
MARY EMELINE ROOT
Mary Emeline Shannon was born May 17th, 1866 near Salem, Henry county, Iowa, and died at Sabetha, Kansas, January 31, 1912, aged 45 years, 9 months and 14 days.
She was united in marriage to William H. Root on December 18, 1887. they moved on a farm near Willis , in Brown county, where they lived until 1901, when they moved to Marshall county, about 8 miles northwest of Beattie. Seven years after they moved to their farm two miles west of the Sabetha hospital where they resided at the time of her death.
On the 23rd of January she was taken ill and on the 28th she became unconscious, a physician was called and a small hole, about the sizeof a nail could make, was found on the side near the top at the front of the head, where the skull is the thickest, this was nearly through the skull, how this happened or by what it was caused will never be known as she was unconscious when this was found and she never regained her mind enough to tell. But it is supposed she had a fall. She was brought to the hospital and an operation was performed in hopes that by raising the skull which seemed to be dented would relieve her but she passed away Wednesday night, January 31, at 11 o'clock, never becoming rational.
Funeral services were held at the Brethren church on East Main street, Saturday, Feb. 2, conducted by Elder C. D. Smith, pastor of the Brethren church at Morrill and interment was in the Sabetha cemetery.
She leaves a husband, one married daughter, two sons, one adopted daughter, father, three brothers and one sister. Among those who attended the funeral services were her daughter, Mrs. Sires; her father, Mr. Shannon; three brothers, George, William and Edward; Mrs. Eva Vining, a cousin; William Morris and wife, all of Horton. Mr. and Mrs. Meeks, her sister of Burns, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Gates from Beattie and three aunts, Mrs. Angeline Hannah, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Mrs. Rachel Collins and Mrs. Elma Bond of Salem , Iowa.
She joined the church of the Brethren in her youth and lived a life consistent with her profession until the time of her death. For 22 years being active in her religious work. She was also an active Sunday school worker and teacher.
Sister thou wast mild and lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze
Pleasant as the air of evening,
As it floats amongst the trees.
Dearest sister thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'twas God that hast bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal.
-Sabetha, Kansas, Star
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