Services Held Friday for Mrs. M. Meleen
Minnie Christina Larson -(1860 - 1948)
Last rites were held April 23, 1948, for Mrs. Minnie L. Meleen, who passed away April 20, 1948 at the home of her son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. Verne H. Meleen. Services were held from the Odebolt Methodist church with the Rev. Carl Holmberg of the Krion Baptist church officiating. The Rev. Paul R. Johnson of the Methodist church assisted.
During the service Warren and Elaine Larson sang two duets, "Face to Face" and "Near to the Heart of God." Velma Larson accompanied the duet.
Pall bearers were Frank Lindquist of Odebolt, Lambert Bergin, Ida Grove, J. F. Hedstrom, Paul Hedstrom, Gerald Hedstrom and Bueal Hedstrom all of Kiron.
Minnie Christine Larson was born in Solstad, Misterhult Socken, Kalmar Län, Sweden, April 8, 1860. When she was eleven years of age her father left Sweden for America urged on by a son and a daughter who had come to America some years before. In 1872, she with her mother, sister, and brother came to America, and the family lived together at Denison. After two years, her father purchased a small plot of ground south of Kiron, and in a dugout under the hardship of primitive conditions, they established a pioneer home.
In the spring of 1876 during the evangelistic meetings held in the Kiron Baptist Church, she gave her heart to the Lord. She was baptized and joined the church on her sixteenth birthday, April 8, 1876. Although the family had moved to different localities, she retained her membership in the church where she had been converted, and until her death (after 72 years of membership) she kept in touch with this place of worship. Her life was consecrated to Jesus, and at the last she sent greetings to the church and requested prayer for her in her illness. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of the Kiron Baptist Church.
May 1, 1882, she was united in marriage to O. M. Meleen, and with her husband made her home on the old Meleen homestead north of Kiron. After four years they moved to Omaha, and then in 1891 to Odebolt where her husband followed the trade as a carpenter. In 1909 they returned, with their two sons George and Verne, to the old home place where they had begun their married life.
She was the last of her family to depart this life, having been preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers. She was also preceded in death by her two sons, Jubel, Nov. 20, 1895, and George, 1918, and by her husband, Sept. 29, 1930.
For the last six years she lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Verne Meleen, in Odebolt. Here she received the best of care and enjoyed the comforts of a lovely home and received gentle and loving ministrations in her last years. Until a few weeks ago, she enjoyed comparatively good health. Then she suffered from a severe cold which eventually took her strength. She passed away quietly Tuesday April 20, at 7:45 a.m. at the age of 88 years and 12 days.
She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Verne, and daughter-in-law, of Odebolt and a host of other relatives and friends.
Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer M. Lindstedt and daughter, Meredith, Mrs. S. J. Gottneid, Mrs. Ernest Drexel, Mrs. Gottfred Anderson, Mrs. Earle Stone, Omaha, Nebraska; Gladys Larson, Mrs. Grace Samuels, St. Paul, Minnesota; Mrs. Roy Martinson, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Gilroy Larson, Vern Larson, Albert Lea, Minnesota; Mr. and Mrs. Grant Larson, Winnebago, Minnesota, and Mrs. Euclid Tranter of Armour, South Dakota.