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Carthage Republican
January 24, 1917


Death of Mrs. Alta Ellen Simmons

Gently the pale-faced rider,
Calling sweetly from afar,
Came and took our darling loved one
Thro' the pearly gates ajar.
Surrounded by those she loved,
Just after the sunset hour,
Lovingly, the angel, Death, came
And bore the spirit of our
Dear, patient, loved one to its home on high.

Alta Ellen Allton was born March 31, 1884; departed this life Jan. 15, 1917, aged 32 years, 9 months, 15 days.

She was the third and youngest daughter of Mancel D. and Amelia Weiser Allton and spent her youthful days in this city, where she grew to womanhood and was educated in our public schools.

On Aug. 2, 1904, she was united in marriage to Albert Pickney [sic] Simmons.  To this union were born six children, three boys and three girls, as follows: Albert, Claudine, Lloyd, Onolee, Cerise and an infant babe.

After her marriage, she with her family lived their entire years until her death, in this community, except about three months spent in Cologne, N. Dak.*, in the year 1910.

Ella was a faithful, loving wife and mother and spent most of her time within her home, devoting herself almost entirely to the care of her little ones and to her loving companion.  She had not been well for some time, but no one thought that her young life was so near to its close, until pneumonia, following the birth of her infant, began its ravages upon her vital organs.  All that skilled physicians or loving hands could do was done to no avail, and when the summons came, it almost crushed those who were near and dear to her.

Beside the husband and children, there are left to mourn, the fond parents, three brothers, Clinton W. of Keokuk; Hugh E. of Burnside, and Charles L., at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Maude Murtland of this city and Mrs. Myrtle Barbe of LaHarpe, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

She showed no fear of death and talked to those around her until the last moment, when her soul took its flight and returned to God who gave it.
Aunt Lillie W. Robinson.

The funeral was held Wednesday at 1:30 p. m., from the Majorville M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. L. C. Gray of this place and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.

A choir composed of Mesdames H. G. Sibert, L. D. Callihan, Miss Ada Spangler and Messrs. L. D. Callihan and Arthur Spangler with Miss Martha Walker at the organ, rendered very sweetly, songs that were very dear and precious to the heart of the departed one.

Following the services the beautiful flower laden casket was tenderly born by cousins to the Simmons' family lot, where it awaits the summons of the Judgment Day.

Those in attendance from a distance were, Dr. Claude Simmons, of Farmington, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Weiser of Carthage, Ill.; M. L. Weiser of McCook, Neb.; Miss Emma Callihan, Macomb, Ill.; Katherine Callihan, Colchester, Ill.; C. W. Allton, Keokuk, Ia.; Hugh E. Allton, Burnside, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Barbe, LaHarpe, Ill.; Ed. Duffy, Davenport, Ia.; Chesleigh Robinson, Colusa, Ill.

Mr. Simmons and his little ones have the deepest sympathy of this entire vicinity in this sad hour of bereavement.

Card of Thanks

We wish to thank all the dear friends and neighbors who so kindly administered to our wants and to those of our dear departed wife, mother, child and sister, during our hours of sorrow, and for the beautiful floral tributes.

Allie P. Simmons, and children,
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Allton,
Mrs. Maude A. Murtland,
Mrs. Myrtle A. Barbe,
Clinton W. Allton,
Hugh E. Allton,
Charlie L. Allton.

*Probably Colome, South Dakota.

See also: Mancel D. Alton and Amelia Weiser (parents)
Albert P. Simmons (husband)
Robert E. Simmons Alton (son)


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