Death of Mrs. J. I. Beech
Mrs. J. I. Beach, whose serious illness has been noted in these columns, died last Sunday morning after a lingering illness from that incurable disease cancer. Last winter, the deceased in company with her husband, went to Rochester, Minn., and consulted with the mayo Bros. After remaining there several weeks, they informed her after watching her case, the most careful examinations, and a minor operation, that they were sorry that they could do nothing for her as the disease had too strong a hold on her weakened system. They returned home and for several months she suffered intensely, being unable to retain the lightest diet. Thru all her suffering she was very patient and never complained knowing that everything had been done to help her but in vain. For several days before the end came she was in an unconscious condition from extreme weakness. The deceased will be missed not only in the family circle but in the entire community.
Rocelia Lewis was born Jan. 22, 1865, near Mankato, Minn., and died at Meadow Grove July 20, 1919. Aged 54 years and 6 months, lacking 2 days. Came to Madison county when a small child, having spent nearly all her life in this community. She was married to Jos. I. Beech Dec. 3, 1883. To this union were born seven children, two dying in infancy. Four boys and one girl are living—Fred, Ray, Earl and Edwin and Maud Thrasher, all of them living in and near Meadow Grove.
Besides these she is survived by her husband, and father, P. V. Lewis, four brothers, five sisters, and many other relatives and friends. She was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist church for more than 20 years.
Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Monday noon, Rev. Antrim, the pastor, officiating. Interment in McCoy cemetery. Source: Meadow Grove News, Friday July 25, 1919 on page 1.