Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Amanda Conway McCormick Larimer, 1841-1917

Streator Daily Free Press - 10 May 1917
  Mrs. D. S. Larimer
Noble Christian Woman, Answers Death Summons
  Mrs. D. S. Larimer is dead.  This short sentence will cause many Streator residents to shed a tear, for Grandma Larimer was truly and dearly beloved by all who knew her.  Following several months of patient suffering at St. Mary's hospital, she was called to her reward yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
  Mrs. Larimer was a woman greatly loved, a Christian in every sense of the word, an ideal mother and neighbor, always seeking a way to assist others. Her taking away will be deeply mourned by hundreds of sorrowing friends.
Lived a Beautiful Life
  Amanda Conway McCormick was born October 23, 1841, at New Vernon, Mercer county, Pennsylvania.  She was married to D. S. Larimer Nov. 30, 1858, and moved to Jerome, Iowa, in 1869.  In 1885, as her three sons were employed by the Three-I railroad, Mr. and Mrs. Larimer came to Streator, which has since been her home.
  She leaves her husband, four sons, and one daughter:  James M. Larimer, Kankakee; Joseph M. Larimer, Oskaloosa, Iowa; John A. Larimer, Streator; George W. Larimer, Dwight; Mrs. L. Moore, Jerome, Iowa.
  Early in life Mrs. Larimer united with the Covenanter Presbyterian church, but after coming to Streator she joined the United Brethren church and was a consistent, faithful working member until that church disbanded.  To much cannot be said of her life and Christian character.  She was an ideal wife and mother, being known throughout the city as a faithful Christian, living the life she professed before the community.  She truly as her Master did, "went about doing good" and the influence of her many Christ-like acts will be felt for years to come.
She Will Be Missed
  The W.C.T.U. [Women's Christian Temperance Union] will miss her.  As superintendent of Prison and Jail Work many an erring man and woman was touched and led to a better life by her earnest pleading and fervent prayer.  A short service was held at the home of her son John, 313 South Vermillion street, this afternoon.  The body will be shipped tomorrow morning to Jerome, Iowa, where the funeral will be held in the old church, attended by old neighbors and friends.
  The casket will be open this evening from 7 to 9 o'clock, in order that the many friends may have an opportunity to view the remains.
  Transcribed from the post of "teri" on 4 May 2004 to RootsWeb's PAMERER-L mailing list.

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