Clark County Clipper, December 1, 1927

Magnolia Ann McElvain Osborn


Miss Magnolia Ann McElvain was born in Illinois, January 5, 1859, departed this life, November 24, 1927, at the age of 68 years, 10 months and 19 days.

She came to Kansas while in her teens and was married to James W. Osborn, October 3, 1877.  To this union were born eight children; Mrs. Swingle of Zenda, Kansas; Mr. Albert Osborn of Ashland, Kansas; John, Jesse, Earl and Carl Osborn of Rosston, Oklahoma; Reeze Osborn ot Torrey, Utah; and Mrs. Minnie Thomas of Weslaco, Texas.

All her children were with her in her last illness and death except Reeze and Minnie.

Beside her husband and children she leaves to mourn her departure, thirteen grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors.

She pioneered in three localities, Sedgwick and Kingman counties, Kansas and Harper county, Oklahoma, where she resided on the same farm since 1903.

Her trials and sufferings in this life were born with patience.  She was always cheerful and during her last few days of suffering wished to die, so that she might go to the Land where there was no pain.

She was united with the Christian church at an early age.  She was a devoted wife and mother and loved and respected by all who knew her.

Mother dear, we all shall miss you.
For we loved to have you near;
Helping us in Christian living -
Cheering us in life's work here.

But the Hand who ever guides us
Surely doth do all things well,
He will comfort, guide, protect us
While here on earth we dwell.

Then when we too, have finished,
The task to each one given;
May we meet thee o'er the River
In the peaceful land of Eden.

Contributed by ~Shirley Brier~ October 25, 2005.


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