Alice Ivens


Obituary from Dwight Star & Herald, Dwight, IL dated April 7, 1894


This obit in the Dwight Star & Herald calls her Mary and reads


 "Mrs. Mary Ivens, wife of Capt. Ivens of the baggage service on the C.& A.R.R., and mother of Bert & Miss Mamie Ivens of Dwight strayed from her home in Chicago on Friday last,  during an aberration of the mind and was not recovered by her relatives until Tuesday a.m., when the afflicted woman was found among entire strangers in a distant part of the city.  She died soon after being taken home from the exposure she had undergone.  The remains were brought here yesterday and were interred in the afternoon, the funeral services being held at the M.E. Church."



An April 14, 1894 obituary from the same newspaper reads:


          "The funeral of Mrs. Alice Ivens took place at the M.E. Church in Dwight last Friday and was largely attended by relatives and friends.  Rev. Ayling conducted the services in a very feeling manner.  There were present at the funeral the husband, eleven sons of the deceased ranging in age from twelve on up, and one daughter, who resides with her brother Bert in Dwight.

          There were some particularly sad features connected with the death.  Mrs. Ivens left home about a week before death and Bert immediately instituted a search and was assisted by a number of friends, and finally after looking almost day and night, Bert found his mother and took her home.  This was Tuesday, and Bert came home that night with a light heart.  Wednesday morning after running into Chicago he went around to several of his friends and told them that they needn't look further as his mother was all right now.  He went to the home in Chicago about 2 o'clock pm only to find that she had died very suddenly in the forenoon.  It was a terrible blow to the family, especially the aged father.  Mrs. Ivens had borne twelve children all of whom were present at the Funeral.

          Dwight was chosen as the burial place on account of the deceased being of very quiet and retiring disposition and her having expressed a wish to be buried in a quiet place.  She was an excellent lady and beloved by all who knew her.  The burial took place in Oaklawn cemetery."