The Charleston Daily Courier Tuesday December 18, 1917
Mrs Alexander Dies at Trilla Home
Trilla, Ill., December 18--Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Alexander, widow of David Alexander, one of the oldest residents of this vicinity, passed away at 1:30 o'clock on Sunday morning at the home of her son, Lewis Alexander, one and a half miles southeast of this village. Mrs Alexander had been in poor health for about a year, but she had been bedfast for only about two weeks. Her ailment was a complication of troubles due to apoplexy and paralysis.
Funeral services were conducted Monday Morning at 11 o'clock from the residence, being in charge of Rev. A H Kelso of Mattoon. Burial was made in the Beals cemetery, east of Trilla.
Mrs Alexander was born in Posey county, Indiana on April 24, 1844. There she lived until about thirty-four years ago when she came to this vicinity and settled with her husband on a farm north of Janesville. After a few years residence there the family removed to a farm north of Trilla, which continued to be the home of Mrs Alexander until the death of her husband, David Alexander, about four or five years ago, since which time she had made her home with her son.
Mrs Alexander became the wife of Mr Alexander in October, 1859. While they were residents of Indiana. Mrs Alexander was the mother of thirteen children. Only eight of these survive, but all lived to manhood and womanhood before death invaded the family circle. The surviving children are J W Alexander, Snow Qulamie, Wash.; Mrs Rebecca Pulliam, Deer Park, Wash.; Mrs Eva Burke, Marshall, Ind.; Mrs Mary McClain, Judson, Ind.; Frank Alexander, Rockfort, Wash.; Cal Alexander, north of Janesville; Mrs Etta Bidle, Danville; and J L Alexander, southeast of Trilla.
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