Ruhama Hoadley

Wyoming Post Herald, April 13, 1927, Pg. 8
Submitted by Shelly Harris 

Two Months' Serious Illness Ends in Death of Mrs. E. N. Hoadley, April 8

Mrs. Edwin N. Hoadley, a resident of Wyoming for twenty-five years, died at the home of her son, Sherman Hoadley, in the southwest part of the city on Friday, April 8, following a serious illness of about two months' duration. She lacked only twenty days of being 72 years of age and had not been well since August 1926, when she was stricken with paralysis.

Funeral services were held at the home of the son at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, and were in charge of the Rev. J. L. Blough, pastor of the local Methodist church. Pallbearers were the following members of the American Legion, under the command of Post Commander Noble Malone: Harry R. Kerns, Ralph Peve, Harley Shoemaker, Fred Rewerts, Wm. Stedman, Stewart Miller.

Among those from out of town who were in attendance at the funeral were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Manning, Bradford; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Brazee and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Malone, Kewanee; James and William Hoadley, Lombardville.


The following obituary was read by the minister at the funeral service:

Ruhama Gipe, the daughter of Geo. and Elizabeth Gipe, was born in Concord, Franklin County, Pa., April 29, 1855, and when she was two years of age, her parents moved to Illinois and located in Bureau county, where she lived for a number of years.

On April 9, 1881, she was united in marriage with Edwin N. Hoadley, a Civil war veteran, at Princeton, Ill, and to them one son was born. The family lived for several years in Bureau county and then moved to Wyoming, Ill, in 1902, where Mr. Hoadley passed away April 13, 1920.

Mrs. Hoadley united with the Wyoming Methodist church on January 31, 1909, and was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Wyoming.

In August, 1925, she suffered a paralytic stroke, which left her an invalid for the remainder of her life. The end came after two months of serious illness, on April 8, 1927, at the age of 71 years, 11 months and 10 days.

She is survived by her son, Sherman W. of Wyoming, with whom she made her home, and by two step-sons, James and William, of Lombardville, Illinois, and by two grandchildren of Wyoming.

[Note: This obit states that Ruhama was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Although Ruhama's parents can be found in Franklin County, PA in the 1850 census, numerous census records identify her birth location as Indiana. It is speculated that she was born en route as the family was moving from Pennsylvania to Illinois.]

[Also note that the 1870 and 1880 census listings show the spelling of her given name to be Rohanna. She was the daughter of George GIPE and Elizabeth BARNCORD.]


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