Susan Deeds Poland
Submitted by:  Cheryl Banks
Source: Unknown (belived to be Times Record)
Approximate date 6 Aug 1933
Among the large group of newly wedded people who left their homes in the East and came to establish their homes in the Mississippi valley in the early days of settlement, is listed the name of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Poland, who left their Ohio home shortly after their marriage, with the bride's parents, for the West.  The party reached this section of Illinois in 1854, where for three-quarters of a century the life of the bride was to be lived.  Here her family of fourteen children were born. Here she saw again and again the visitation of the death angel as eight of her children with her husband answered the call of death.  Here she passed from a young bride to a mother, saw her children establish homes of their own, became a grandmother, then a great-grandmother and lived to see six of her great-great grandchildren.
The deceased was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, November 15, 1836.  She was the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Deeds.  The first eighteen years of her life were spent in the county of her birth and after her marriage August 1, 1854, to Joseph Poland, the place of her residence was changed to what later became Joy, [Illinois] where with the exception of a few years, she has since lived and where, in her own home, Sunday afternoon, August 3, 1933, she fell asleep at the age of 93 years, nine months and 19 days.
Fourteen children came to the home of the deceased and her husband.  As the years slipped away, eight of the children and the father and husband passed beyond the vale.  In life, it is a great experience for parents to see their children build homes of their own and to experience the thrill of becoming grandparents.  To Mrs. Poland, not only came this experience once, but forty-one times and as the years kept moving on these grandchildren established homes of their own and she became a great-grandmother 47 times, and  before her death she had six great-great grandchildren.
Besides these grand and great-great-grandchildren, the deceased is survived in her own family by six children, three sons and three daughters: Edwin and Marion Poland of Joy; Joseph Poland of Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Rebecca Matthews and Mrs. Mary Beard of Joy and Mrs. Nora Mitchell of Aledo.
The life interests of the deceased centered in her home and outside of her membership in the [Reorganized Church of] Latter Day Saints church, she held no membership in civic or social organizations.  In her home, she lived a simple and unselfish life, giving of herself to her family needs and the needs of others.
Long ago some one wrote of such a one:
"Who can find a virtuous woman? Her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her - she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life - she riseth while it is yet night and giveth meat to her household - she layeth her hands to the spindle - she stretched out her hands to the poor, yea, she reached forth her hands to the poor and needy - strength and honor are her clothing - she looked well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness - her children rise up and call her blessed."
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Latter Day Saints church at Joy, with Elder Fred A. Smith of Independence, Mo. in charge, assisted by Elder Leonard Spiegel of Rock Island.  Burial was in Mannon cemetery.  Pallbearers were W.V. Holmes, Glen Holmes, Earl Scranton, Dale Holmes, John Holmes and Jess Fifield.
Card of Thanks
We are grateful for the many acts of kindness shown us and our mother: Mrs. Susan Poland, during her illness, death and burial and also deeplyappreciative to the ministers, those who furnished  cars for the funeraland who gave the floral pieces.
                                                                        The children.
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