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Carthage Gazette
Carthage, Illinois
May 1, 1885
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Middle Creek.

April 28. ---

After a lingering illness of three months of that dread disease, consumption, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Towles passed this life on Friday evening, at 10 o'clock, at her residence, in east Harmony.  Her remains were interred in the Mt. Pleasant cemetery on Monday.  Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. James Haney, at Bentley, next Sunday.  Deceased was born in Clark county, Ind., April 16th, 1840; came to this county when young with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Curry, and settled in Harmony, where she has since lived.  On December 20th, 1860, she was married to Marvin Towles, who still survives her.  She became the mother of ten children, two of whom are dead.  She has been a member of the M. E. church at Bentley for the past 15 years.  She was a zealous worker in the cause of religion, a constant christian, a fond and loving wife and a kind indulgent mother.  She retained her consciousness to the last, uttering just before she passed away, "I have gained the victory, praise the Lord."  The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a host of friends, who share their loss with deepest sorrow.        CRICKET.

The Carthage Republican
Carthage, Illinois
May 13, 1885
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May 11. --- Died, at her home in Harmony township, on the 25th instant, of consumption, Mrs. Marvin Towles, aged 45 years.  The deceased had been a constant member of the M. E. church for many years, and bore her long suffering with true christian fortitude and resignation.  The surviving family are her husband and eight children.  Burial services at Mt. Pleasant cemetery.