Helen (Gray) Pierson
Submitted by: Samuel Murphey
Monmouth Daily Review Atlas, Thursday April 4, 1929
Injuries Were Cause of Death.
Mrs. Helen (GRAY) PIERSON passed away this morning about 7 o'clock at Monmouth hospital where she has been confined about three weeks.  Her death resulted from injuries received in an auto accident on the Galesburg road on the evening of Sunday, March 17, when the auto in which she was riding turned over.  She suffered severe injuries to her back, the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae being fractured, and little hope had been held for her recovery.  A few days following the accident she underwent an operation on the injured vertebrae but her condition had gradually grown worse until the end came this morning.
Helen Julie Gray was born on a farm near Keithsburg on January 20, 1900, and was a daughter of Frank and Sadie Eleanor Gray.  When she was two years old the family came to Monmouth where she had since resided.  She received her education in Monmouth schools and graduated from Monmouth high school in 1919.
She was united in marriage to Loren R. Neilson, now of Galesburg, on June 14, 1919.  She was married a second time to B.F. Pierson on July 18, 1924, at Springfield, Ill.  Surviving Mrs. Pierson are three children, Eleanor Jean and Jack Duane Neilson and Milo Gray Pierson.  Her parents and one brother, Milo I. Gray, besides other relatives and
many friends.  She was a member of the First Christian church.  Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed and will be announced later.
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