Miss Frances A. McCoy was born in St. Charles county, Oct. 15, 1837, and was united in marriage at the age of 16 years to Wm. F. Slavens. To this union three children were born, Mrs. Marthn Noel of Washington county, Mo., Mr. T.J. Slavens, of near Laddonia, Mo., and Mrs. Lucy Britton of Troy, Mo. (now deceased).
Her first husband having died in the year 1861, she at the age of 24 was again united in marriage to George T. Clare, to which union 4 children were born, Mrs. Mollie Goran, of Vandalia, Mo., Mrs. Bettie Eneleu of Wellsville, Mo., Mr. Wm. H. Clare of near Laddonia, Mo., and Mrs. Geo. Smith of near Wellsville, Mo.
Her second husband died in the year 1870, she again, at the age of 37, was united in marriage to Mr. John Jones and to this union no children were born. This husband having departed this life in 1901, she remained a widow until her death, which occurred February 22d, 1912, at the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 8 days.
Sister Frances Jones united with the M.E. Church, South, at a very early age. She lived a consecrated life and was a leading Christian worker. Funeral services were conducted at West Cuivre church by the writer, who delivered very brief sermon from 1 Cor. 15-19: "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."
Interment was made in the cemetery on the church yard grounds. Now, while, although the dear old mother in Israel has demanded the call, we are thankful for the beautiful afterglow that shines forth from her life will ever be a lamp to our feet and a guide to our pathway, and although we feel we have truly sustained a great loss as relatives and friends, we bow to the inevitable and feel that what is our loss is Heaven's gain.
H. E. PINKERTON,
Newspaper name and date unrecorded, ca. February 1912.