Arleda J. (Willits) Lloyd
Submitted by:  Paula Nevels
Source:  Unknown Mercer Co. paper
Arleda J. Willits , daughter of Mark and Harriett Willits, was born August 4, 1828, near Richmond, Wayne Co. Indiana and died at home in Keithsburg IL, November 14, 1905, at 4:45 pm. With  her parents she came to Illinois in the fall of 1834, and was married to Benijah Lloyd December 9, 1847, at Keithsburg, Illinois.  To this marriage ten children were born, eight of whom survive the father and mother.  Arthur W. died November 20, 1850, and Thomas was called September 13, 1880.  The survinig children are Omer H., of Keithsburg,  Ella I., wife of Leroy Willits, Seaton, Nettie A., wife of K. A. Range, of Keithsburg; Charles M., Keithsburg, Will M. Freeport, Illinois, George W., Santa Babara California, Maurice E., Fairbury, Nebraska, Ida M., wife of George E. Fleming, Keithsburg,  All were with their mother during her last hours except George W., who sent word it was impossible to come and Will of Freeport, who with his wife and son, arrived a short time after the death angel's call.
This cherished woman was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church over forty years and a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Funereal services were held in the M. E. Church at 2:00 P. M. Thursday, November 16th, Rev. J. W. Ferris officiting.  Interment in Green Mound cemetery.
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