Mary Haddow Vernon was born in Washington Co., Ohio, Dec. 8, 1836, departed this life Dec. 2, 1999 (1909), age 72 yrs, 11 mo. 24 days. She was married to David Vernon Nov. 14, 1861. To this union were born eight children, four sons and four daughters, all who still survive her, this being the first broken tie. She was converted at 22 yrs of age and first united with the Presbyterian church, then about 35 years ago she with her husband united with the United Brethren church of which she was still a member at her death. She has always lived a pious, devoted Christian; always been a kind, loving affectionate wife, mother and neighbor and to know her was to love her.
Last Sunday between one and two o'clock she revived from which seemed to the family almost death, and talked to each child about meeting her over across the river and what a happy reunion it would be where there is no pain and death nor farewells spoken but where all is joy, where they can live with Christ forever. She also requested Rev. Mrs. Smith, who was present, to have prayer with her once more and give the family her blessing. She said "Do not grieve but rather rejoice for we will meet again."
The deceased came to Decatur county, Kans., with her husband and family November 1886. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Mrs. A. P. Smith of Norcatur, assisted by Rev. F. U. Harmon of Kanona at the M. E. church December 3rd and interment in the Kanona cemetery.