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Fannie Josephine Morse Agler

Fannie Josephine Morse was born in Lee County, Illinois, May 30, 1851. She departed this life November 16, 1918, being 67 years, five months and sixteen days of age.  She was the daughter of Merritt and Lida Morse.   Her mother died when she was five years old. She then went to live with  an aunt in Earlville, IL. It was there that she obtained her education in the Earlville schools. On Jaunary 1, 1868, she was united in marriage to John Agler. To this union three children were born; Frankie, who died in infancy; Mrs. Nora McClain of Allen, NE. and Mrs. Maude Wimer of Mount Ayr, Iowa. There are also nine grandchildren. She is survived by four brothers and one sister as follows: Mrs. H.C. Golding of Grant City, MO.; John Morse of Sterling, KS.; W.W. Morse of Clearfield, Iowa; D.J. and O.C. Morse both of Mount Ayr.

In young womanhood Mrs. Agler was converted.  She united with the Methodist Church at Alden, KS., in 1888. She took an active part in church work there, serving as a steward of that church for seven years. Later when they moved to a farm near Allendale, MO., she united with the Evangelical Church there. Then upon moving to Mount Ayr about twenty years ago she brought her letter to the Methodist Church to which she remained a consistent member.

Mr. Agler was a veteran of the civil war. He suffered in ill health for the most of his life as a result of his army service. he died July 9, 1905. Mrs. Agler has been in very poor health for several years.  Her last illness, however, was of short duration. She was taken sick about a week before her death which was due to heart failure. All was done for her that was possible but to no avail. The end of her life was peaceful.

Mrs. Agler was a loving and faithful wife and mother, deeply devoted to her home and loved ones, whose care, owing to her husband’s ill health, devolved much upon her.  She was a kindly and helpful neighbor, and was deeply religious, knowing her Bible intimately and striving to instill her knowledge and love of it into her children and grandchildren. She took a keen interest also in current events, being passionately loyal to the flag. Almost her last human interest was in the news of victorious end of the great war.

Funeral services were held in her own church at Mount Ayr, Wednesday, November 20, conducted by Frank Bean the pastor. Interment was at Rose Hill.

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