LUCETTA CRENSHAW WEBB

LUCETTA CRENSHAW, DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND MARTHA CRENSHAW, WAS BORN IN HANCOCK COUNTY, IL., APRIL 27, 1846.  SHE DIED AT MOUNT AYR, IOWA, MARCH 5, 1919 AT THE AGE OF 76 YEARS, NINE MONTHS AND TEN DAYS.

SHE CAME TO IOWA WITH HER PARENTS WHEN IOWA WAS YET A TERRITORY.  THEY SETTLED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WHERE THE DAUGHTER GREW TO WOMANHOOD.  SHE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE METHODIST CHURCH WHEN SHE WAS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD.  IN 1859, ON APRIL 3, SHE WAS MARRIED TO ALFRED G. WEBB.  WHEN THE CIVIL WAR CAME THE HUSBAND RESPONDED TO THE CALL OF HIS COUNTRY AND HIS WIFE WITH EQUAL HEROISM UNDERTOOK ALONE THE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR AFFAIRS AND THE CARE OF THEIR TINY BABE. AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE WAR THEY MOVED TO RINGGOLD COUNTY, ACQUIRING A FARM SOUTH OF MOUNT AYR IN 1876.  IN THE SPRING OF 1895 THEY MOVED INTO TOWN.  THE HUSBAND AND FATHER PASSED AWAY IN APRIL 1906.  SIX CHILDREN WERE BORN INTO THIS HOME.  A SON, CHARLIE, DIED IN INFANCY. THE OTHERS ARE; MRS. ELIZABETH M. DONAHOE OF MOUNT AYR, SHERMAN A. WEBB OF CALIFORNIA; JOHN A. WEBB OF ALASKA; WILLIAM D. WEBB OF TOPEKA, KS.; AND MRS. OLLIE J FERBER OF MOUNT AYR.  THE DECEASED WAS THE LAST OF HER GENERATION TO DIE, BOTH IN HER OWN AND HER HUSBAND’S FAMILY.  SHE LEAVES TEN GRANDCHILDREN AND EIGHT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

MRS. WEBB ATTACHED MORE IMPORTANCE TO HER RELIGIOUS FAITH THAN TO ANY OTHER INTEREST IN LIFE.  THROUGH LONG YEARS OF TRIALS WHICH THE YEARS BRING, SHE WAS THE SAME FAITHFUL AND CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN.  THE CHURCH WAS ONE OF HER FIRST CONSIDERATIONS.  THE BUILDING OF THE PRESENT SPLENDID CHURCH BUILDING OF MOUNT AYR GAVE EXTREME SATISFACTION.  SHE HAS BEEN FOR MANY YEARS ONE OF ITS STEWARDS.  THE WOMEN’S RELIEF CORPS ALSO CLAIMED ITS SHARE OF HER ENERGY.  SHE CHOSE HER INTERESTS SO THAT HER LIFE WOULD COUNT MIGHTILY FOR THINGS WORTH WHILE.  SHE MADE A HOST OF FRIENDS, OF WHOM A GOODLY NUMBER WERE CHILDREN. SHE ALWAYS HAD TIME AND ATTENTION FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR.  SHE WAS A WOMAN OF GREAT INTELLIGENCE, WELL READ ON THE SUBJECTS THAT INTERESTED HER LIFE, AND ESPECIALLY ATTENTIVE IN MATTERS OF PATRIOTISM.  SHE FOLLOWED THE FORTUNES OF THE GREAT WAR WITH REMARKABLE ATTENTION AND INTELLIGENCE.  HER DEATH LEAVES A LARGE VACANCY IN THE LIVES OF MANY PEOPLE.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT HER OWN CHURCH ON FRIDAY, MARCH 7, CONDUCTED BY HER PASTOR, FRANK BEAN.  INTERMENT WAS AT ROSE HILL CEMETERY.

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