Ida Della Watson was born in Morrow County, Ohio, on March 11, 1863. She died at the home of Thomas Rhoades at Mount Ayr, Iowa on January 20, 1919, at the age of 55 years, ten months and eleven days.
She was brought to Iowa with her father’s family in the fall of 1865. They moved to a farm in Monroe Townshiop, Ringgold County, near Kellerton. Here she lived until womanhood, attending school and afterward teaching in schools. She was married to Mr. W.H. Rhoades at Kellerton on September 25, 1889. To this union one son was born, Mr. William Rhoades of Beaconsfield. In 1895 Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades left the farm and went to Beaconsfield, where Mr. Rhoades bought a store. Here they continued to live until the present time.
Mrs. Rhoades united early in life with the Church of Christ at Kellerton, to which she remained a member during her lifetime. For about 25 years she was an invalid or nearly so. But her illness was not only borne with patience and resignation but she seemed to make it a thing of glory, and drew about her a host of friends. She seemed to have improved greatly during the last year but death came suddenly from a hemorrhage of the brain.
Those who remain living to mourn the death are, beside the husband and son, two little grandchildren, the mother, Mrs. Frances Watson, one brother, Mr. C.B. Watson, of Fowler, Kansas, two sisers, Mrs. Etta Nobles of Cleveland, OK., and Mrs. Bertha Shafer of Collinsville, OK.