Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Again we reproduce informative details from another obituary found in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers, currently held in a private collection in Lubbock, Texas. Although the obituary is undated and no title appears, it was probably published in an Illinois newspaper prior to 24 June 1920. On that date, Nora’s husband petitioned the court to probate her will. The petition and other papers can be found in the Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1995 database on Her name is indexed incorrectly as Nova (sic) B. Moats.

     Nora’s mother was Charlotte (Godfrey) Parrish. Additional information on various members of the GODFREY family can be found in several of the “Kinsearching” columns published in February and May 2015.

     (Genealogists should be aware that some punctuation and capitalization have been added for clarity and readability. All-caps for surnames are used for emphasis.)

     “Dies Following Long Illness

     Mrs. Samuel E. MOATS Passed Away at Her Home on North D Street, Yesterday Afternoon—Was Bedfast”

     Death yesterday afternoon called Mrs. Samuel E. MOATS, 512 North D Street, who passed away after a lingering illness. Mrs. Moats had been ill for the last number of years. Her last illness was a duration of eighteen weeks, during which time she was bedfast. Death was due to complications.

     Nora E. PARRISH was the daughter of Parker R. and Charlotte PARRISH and was born on the old Parrish homestead near Smithshire, February 18, 1872. Her early life was spent in that vicinity.

     She was united in marriage to Frances E. CRANDALL, January 8, 1894, and to this union six children were born, four of whom survive. Mr. CRANDALL passed away February 8, 1902. The surviving children are
Gladys, Glenn, [and] Riece (sic) at home;

and Roy of Keithsburg.

     On June 24, 1907, she was united in marriage to Samuel E. MOATS at Burlington, Ia. No children was (sic) born to them.

     Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Moats leaves two sisters,

Mrs. EFFIE E. McENTEE of Minneapolis, Minn.;

[and] Mrs. Ida ENGLISH of Seattle, Wash.

     Also three brothers,

C. E. PARRISH of Monmouth;

John O. PARRISH of Smithshire;

and G. A. PARRISH of Roseville.

     Deceased was a member of the Liberty Chapel of Ponemah, with which she united early in life.

     Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the home on North D Street. John LUGG will conduct the services, and burial will take place in Monmouth Cemetery.”

     (Editor’s note: In other records on, the name of Nora’s son is spelled Reece.)

     Also discovered in the Opal and Lester Saffell family papers is this picture, which was also probably published in an Illinois newspaper.

Parrish Family

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