Mrs Fannie Slaven, 95, died Saturday, July 20, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Gronemeyer, in Quincy, Ill. There was a short service Monday evening at the Hansen funeral home in Quincy. Graveside service was at Sixteen cemetery Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. David McCalmont of Gibson.
Fannie Bailey Taylor was born in Pike county, Ohio. near Columbus Feb. 2, 1862, daughter of Sarah Jane Peters and John S. Taylor. She was the oldest of six children and the last surviving member of her family. Father, mother, brother, and sisters all preceded her in death.
In April 1884, she came with her parents to Iowa to a farm in Warren township, Keokuk county. This was then unbroken prairie. With the heip of a few scattered neighbors they built their log cabin and sheds, dug a well, and set up their new home. She spent her childhood years on the farm and when a young woman taught in several rural schools in the community and later in Kansas, where she met and married John 0. Slaven in November 1882. Seven children were born to them.
The family lived in Kansas and Ohio, coming to What Cheer in 1893 where Mr Slaven worked at the carpenter trade. Mrs. Slaven has long been known to the residents of What Cheer as the "Baking lady," for she sold baked products over much of the time. She was a member of the Baptist church and took part in its activities as long as she was able.
Mr. Slaven died in 1934, and a daughter, Mrs. Louise Forney, in 1950. In 1951, Mrs Slaven sold her home in What Cheer because of failing health lived with her children.
She is survived by six children: Mrs Madge King of Grinnell, Oscar Slaven of Gibson, Paul Slaven of What Cheer, Mrs. Jennie Livezey of Montezuma, Mrs. Kathryn Whiteaker of Rock Island, and Mrs Alice Gronsmyer of Quincy, Ill., 20 grandchildren: 47 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
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