Lydia Wilkinson, wife of Thomas Wilkinson, of High Valley, died Sunday night last of diabetes, and the fruneral took place at noon Tuesday, with services at the cemetery in Union. Mrs. Wilkinson was 56 years, 11 months and 26 days of age, and had been in a feeble state of health for some time.
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Lydia Rundall was born near Nebraska City, Neb., January 17, 1861. At the time of her death she was 56 years, 11 months and 26 days of age. Her early childhood was spent in the States of Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. In 1876 she crossed the plains, coming to Kelton by train, then by team into the Grande Ronde Valley.
In 1876 she was united in marriage to Thomas Wilkinson, who, at the age of 81, survives her, having been a pioneer settler of 1864.
They resided in High Valley until her death. To this union was born four children-Matilda, Mary, Jacob and Edgar, all being with her at her death. Passing through the hardships of pioneer life only brightened her disposition. She was always found with those in sickness or sorrow, ministering to others needs with loving hands that will be missed not only by the family, but by all who knew her. Five sisters and two brothers survive her-Georgia Campbell, Emma Fisher, Minnie Buford, Grace Wilkinson, Hettie Bently and two brothers, John and Jas. Rundall.
Later-Funeral services at the Union cemetery Tuesday p.m. were conducted by Rev S. E. Eels, pastor of the Presbyterian church.
“Death of Lydia Wilkinson”
Printed January 13, 1918
Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890-1930.
Compiled by Clara Cline Lee.
Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972.
Lydia Wilkinson, Died, Sunday January 13, 1918. Age 56 years, 11 months, 26 days. Services at the Union Cemetery Tuesday, January 15, at 12:30 p.m. Friends of the family invited.
Contributed by: Robin Church