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Obituary of Willmina Doran Monier

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Relate History of Life of Mrs. Willmina Monier

Willmina Doran, daughter of James and Rebecca Doran, and one of a family of ten children, was born at St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, July 5, 1841 and passed away at her home, 1503 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Ill. On May 24, 1932 at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 21 days.

When about eight years of age, she with her parents, six brothers and three sisters moved to Boston, Mass., where they lived one year.  On October 1, 1850, after a two weeks journey, they arrived Lacon, Ill.  Later on, the family moved to a farm west of the river.

She was united in marriage to William Monier, December 25, 1860 and all her married life was spent on a farm near Sparland, living for 46 years on the place which is now the home of her son, Halsey, and it was the dearest spot on earth to her.

Mrs. Monier was a woman of splendid character, endowed with every womanly grace and unassumed dignity and her stong mentality endured to the end of her long life.  She loved nature and had a wide knowledge of birds, trees and flowers.  It was one of her chief pleasures to impart this knowledge to her grandchildren, who found it a great wonder and delight.  She lived the life of a true Christian, having joined the Methodist Episcopal church when a young girl.  Since her residence in Peoria she attended the Arcadia Presbyterian Church near her home.  For her, death had no fears.  Her work was done and her memory is a blessed heritage to those left behind.

Mr. Monier died March 19, 1907, and in April, 1910, Mrs. Monier and her two daughters moved to Peoria, Ill.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters, James Edward of Princeton, Ill., Thomas of Galva, Ill., John and R. Halsey of Sparland and Anna and Alice of Peoria; also, 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Brewster of ClearLake, Iowa, who is past 96 years of age.  The eldest son, Charles William Monier died April 20, 1920, one granddaughter, Nellie Willmina Monier April 7, 1921, and one little great-granddaughter, Carol Anne, February 26, 1932.

Funeral services were held on Thursday at 3p.m. at  the United Presbyterian church in La Prarie conducted by Rev. Ernest L. Fernandes of the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. A. S. Bailey.

There was a wonderful profusion of flowers, silent messangers of love and sympathy.  The pallbearers were six grandsons.  Interment was made in the family lot in the Saratoga cemetery.

Written by Alice Monier daughter of Willmina Monier

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Written by Michael S. Doran

February 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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