Mary Amelia, daughter of Samuel L. and Harriett J. Austen, was born July 3 1877 at Des Moines, Iowa and passed away February 16, 1961 at the home of her son Clarence Ekey in Natoma, Kansas. Her age at the time of passing was 83 years, seven months and thirteen days.
While in infancy, she moved with her parents to Russell county, Kansas. At the age of 15 years, she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with Baptist church, remaining a faithful member during her life time.
She was united in marriage to James F. Ekey at Lucas, Kansas on Feb. 19 1895. To this union were born three sons R. E. Ekey of Hays and Clarence I. and Emery S. Ekey of Natoma. Later she was married to Will Glendening of Codell and to this union were born two children, Lela M. Glendening of Meade, and Harvey who passed away in Infancy.
Preceding her in death besides her son were her father and mother, one sister and two brothers. Survivors include her three sons and one daughter, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Clara Tilton of Collyer, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Feb 18 from the Codell Baptist church with the Rev. Don Tilley officiating and Pohlmanís Funeral Service in charge. Interment was in the Lucas Cemetery. Natoma-Luray Independent, Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas, Thursday, February 23, 1961, p. 5