Jayne A. (Jennie) PAYNE
Unidentified Oberlin Paper January 12, 1933
FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. McCLAURY
Held at Presbyterian Church Friday Afternoon January Sixth
Another of Oberlin’s aged mothers
was laid to rest Friday afternoon in the Oberlin cemetery after appropriate
services at the Presbyterian church.
For twenty-five years she had been a resident of Oberlin and for another
twenty-five years previous to that the McClaury home was located in the South
Sappa valley eleven miles southwest of Oberlin. And it was a real home – a
home not only for the children of the family but every visitor (and Mrs.
McClaury delighted in entertaining visitors) was made to feel at home.
The mother of eleven children she has lived to rear nine of them (two died in
childhood) to manhood and womanhood and see them establish homes of their own.
And doubtless her later years were filled with pleasant memories of her life
work – the teaching and training of the young lives entrusted to her care.
And surely if any person can merit by her life here on earth the reward
of a heavenly home for evermore it
is such a mother as Mrs. McClaury has been.
As will be noted in the 25-years-ago items the death of her husband, Major S.H.
McClaury, occurred twenty-five year ago – January 14, 1908, shortly after the
family sold their farm and moved to Oberlin.
Jennie A. Payne only daughter of Homer and Louise Greely Payne was born in
Prompton, Pa., May 23, 1847, departed this life January 4. 1933, in Oberlin
She had reached the age of 84 years, 7 months and 11 days. With her parents she
came to Ottawa, Ill. Where her mother died. Altho (sic) but eight years old she
was a little mother to her five brothers and sisters most of them older than
She was married to her soldier lover Sheldon Hamilton McClaury in 1865. She
moved to Smith county, Kansas in 1776 (sic) and to Decatur county in 1881. She
knew all the hardships of a pioneer life. There were 11 children born to this
union two of whom have gone to their reward.
Mrs. McClaury was never too tired or too burdened with cares of her own family to readily
respond to the call for help when there was sickness or trouble in her
In the spring of 1908 she united with the Presbyterian church. She was ever a
follower of the Master and lived a life of good deeds. It can be truly said of
her "“Give here the fruits of her hands and let her own works praise her
in the gates.” All of her children were present at the funeral to do honor to
Mrs. J.H. Rice and Mrs. E.S. Barger
of Smith Center, Kansas; Mrs. F.C. Pratt of Kensington, Mrs. H. Wood of
Cheyenne, Wyo, Mrs. Harry Hooper of Coffeyville, Kansas, Mrs. Ray Quintard of
Alta, Iowa; Ray of Haigler, Nebr., Harry and Gene of the home town.
The services Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian church were conducted by the
new pastor, Rev. John Berg. The theme of his discourse and the musical
selections were in keeping with the life of Mrs. McClaury and very appropriate.
was made in Oberlin cemetery in the family burial plot, the Griffith being in
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