Barber County Kansas

Barber County Index
, February 9, 1939.

Obituary: Ada Florence (Johnson) Tyrell

Ada Florence Johnson, daughter of James and Malinda Johnson was born near Beaucoup, (Buckoo) Ills., Sept. 1, 1860. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leona Watts, in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, Sunday morning, February 5, 1939 at the age of 78 years, 5 months and 4 days.

She came to Fontana, Kansas with her parents in 1863, where she lived until December, 1908 when she came to live in Medicine Lodge, where she has made her home with and near her daughter.

She was united in marriage to Robert R. Tyrell February 12, 1884 at Paola, Kansas. After the wedding they started housekeeping in their home community, Fontana. One son and two daughters were born to this union.

She was converted early in life and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at sixteen years of age. She was always a faithful attendant as long as her health would permit. She has been kept close at home the last few years due to failing eye sight and sickness but she continued her interest in her Sunday school class and church.

She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of her sister Rebecca. She was an active member of the Community club.

Mother Tyrell was a delightful character. Ever of a forgiving spirit and could always find something good to say to all. She was a "Peace Maker" throughout her life. She was never content in just doing her duty but delighted in doing more than was expected of her, in all her business dealings and in her association with other folk and with her own family. Her favorite scripture was "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

A few days ago as she realized that she must soon depart for the Beautiful Home on high, she asked her nurse to sing "Anywhere with Jesus - I will Gladly Go." She bade her loved ones and friends good-bye and prayer that they would meet her after a while. Sunday morning at sunrise she quietly slipped away to be with with her Lord.

She leaves her brother, E. C. Johnson, of Columbus, Kansas, one sister, Mrs. Waneta Delrymple of Columbus, Kansas, and her brother, R. G. Johnson of Sheridan, Oregon; her son, Charles Alfred Tyrell, two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Sheldon and Mrs. Leona Watts, all of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.


Barber County Index, September 28, 1944.

Robert Tyrell Dies In Early Morning Fire

Aged Man Burned To Death When Home Goes Up In Flames

Robert R. Tyrell, 85, lost his life here early Sunday morning when the trailer house in which he was sleeping caught fire from an undetermined cause and burned to the ground.

The tragic death occurred about one o'clock. Mr. Tyrell was making his home in the trailer house which was situated just north of the house of his son, Chas. Tyrell, on South Spring street. The fire was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Tyrell, who noticed the glare of the conflagration. They believed they heard one cry from the elderly man but as his body was recovered on the bed, it was thought that he suffocated and died without extreme pain.

The body was burned beyond all recognition and because of its condition the funeral was held the day of the death, Sunday afternoon with services at the grave in the Highland cemetery. Rev. M. C. Brooks was in charge.

Mr. Tyrell was born in Illinois on February 25, 1859. He was the son of George and Ruhamma Tyrell. At the age of three years, he moved with his family to Unionville, Mo. When he was 21 he moved to Fontana, Miami county, Kansas.

In 1884 he was united in marriage to Miss Ada Johnson. To this union three children were born, Charles A. Tyrell, Mrs. Ralph C. Sheldon and Mrs. Leona Watts, all of Medicine Lodge.

Mr. Tyrell was baptized in the Baptist church of Medicine Lodge.

He is survived by his three children, five grand children and five great grandchildren.


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