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THE PROTECTION POST, 29 December 1921
Mrs. J. E. Decker, Widely Known and Popular Protection Matron Succumbs to Surgical Operation.

Friday morning the entire Protection community was shocked to hear of the death of Mrs. J. E. Decker which occurred that morning at eleven-thirty at the Wichita hospital.

Mrs. Decker had gone to the hospital the forepart of a week for a major operation, which was performed Wednesday. The operation was successful, but the shock was too much for her and she succumbed, the immediate cause of death being heart trouble. Mrs. Decker had in the past few years experienced some heart trouble but the surgeons did not expect that her heart condition was critical enough to be fatal during the

The remains accompanied by Mr. Decker, who had gone with Mrs. Decker to Wichita were returned to Protection Saturday and the funeral and interment held Sunday.

Mrs. Decker was one of Protection's most popular matrons. She was a friend to every acquaintance and one rule of her life was to speak well of her friends and associates or not speak at all. She was a woman to
whom the domesticity of life appealed and her home and family life was ideal in every respect. Mrs. Decker always had a kind word and cheering smile for those she met through the day and her help and sympathy were never failing to the needy and those in trouble and sorrow.

She lived a consistent Christian useful life devoted to home and family, faithful to friends and useful to the community.

The family moved to protection eight or ten years ago from their farm in Oklahoma where Mr. and Mrs. Decker homesteaded and she knew the vigor's, the hardship, and labor of the homestead.

The grief over Mrs. Decker's death was universal - children as well as adults were grief stricken as she had numerous friends among the junior girls of Protection who feel her loss as that of a personal companion. A
pall was cast over the entire community and at the funeral service, Sunday, the grief of each individual was noticeable.

The funeral conducted by her former pastor, the Rev. G. M. Martin of Flower, Kansas, was held from the Christian church in Protection, Sunday, afternoon at three and interment was in the local cemetery.


Mrs. Maud Van Buren Decker was born July 17, 1874 and died December 23, 1921 aged 47 years, 5 months and 6 days.

Maud Ella Van Buren was born was born July 17, 1874, at Waleshville, Montgomery county, Illinois. At the age of four years, she with her parents, moved to Reno county, Kansas.

She was baptized into the Methodist church at the age of sixteen years, but later became a member of the Christian church, in which she remained a faithful and conscientious worker until her death.

She was married to John Ezra Decker, December 21, 1893. To the union of these ardent lovers was born three children, Mrs. Ella Teague of Protection, Mrs. May McGee of Wichita, and George Decker of Protection, Kansas, all of whom survive her.

On their 28th wedding anniversary, December 21, 1921, she underwent an operation from which she died two days later at the Wichita Hospital, Wichita, Kansas.

Mrs. Decker leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three children; three sisters, Mrs. Ray Hazlett of Hennessey, Okla.; Mrs. E. C. Bullis of Enid, Okla. and Mrs. J. D. Peckham of Wichita, Kans,; and four brothers, George W. Van Buren of Burton, Kans.; R. E. Van Buren of Kingsdown, Kans.; and Guy and Ruby Van Buren of Haven, Kansas.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ in Protection, Sunday, December 25, 3 p.m., Rev. G. M. Martin of Fowler, Kansas, officiating; followed by interment in the Protection cemetery.

Mrs. Decker was a loving wife, a devoted mother, and a kind and good neighbor; a woman who never failed to do all in her power for those who needed help, one who avoided show of any kind, ever striving to literally live by the motto, "Let not your left hand know what your right hand doeth." She loved more than anything else the quiet of her home and the association of her devoted companion and affectionate children.

She has gone from us; we shall miss her kindly smile, her warm handclasp, her never failing kind and tender words of cheer; but we know he doeth all things well has called her to greater and happier home. Our sorrow is not for her, but for those who are left behind. May we prepare to meet her in the Great Beyond where sorrow and parting are no more. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for their works do follow them."

Card of Thanks
We desire to extend to all the friends and neighbors who so willingly assisted and gave of their sympathy and help during the recent illness and death of our loved wife and mother, our deepest gratitude and heartfelt thanks. may God in his infinite mercy yield to you a like
return in affliction of sorrow. And for the beautiful floral offerings.
J. E. Decker and Family.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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