Clay County


Mary Ann Maxwell, daughter of John H. and Frances Maxwell, was born in Clay county on February 28, 1844, and departed this life at her home in Sailor Springs, April __, 1930, at the age of 86 years, 1 month and 26 days.

She was united in marriage to William H. Odell, December 25, 1869.

To this union was born ten children. The husband and four children, Joseph H., Frances Catherine, Anna Laura and John H., preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn their loss six children, W. O. and C. M., of California, J. R., of Pontiac, Michigan, Mrs. Wm. Merry, Virden, Illinois, Mrs. Wm. Weidner, Mitchell, Indiana, and Mrs. J. I. Levitt, of Sailor Springs; 86 grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors.

She has been an invalid for 2-1/2 years, always patient and uncomplaining and often expressing a desire to depart this life and be at rest in her heavenly home.

She was converted and united with the Hoosier Baptist church at the age of 15 and was one of the charter members of the Sailor Springs Baptist church, of which she has been a faithful member.

"Soldier of Christ, well done!
Praise be thy new employ!
And while eternal ages run.
Rest in thy Savior's joy."

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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