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Eudora Helen McLain Duvall
Eudora Helen McLain Duvall
Submitted by: Debby Cook
|The Mulhall Enterprise|
|Friday, July 27, 1900|
Death of Mrs. E.R. Duvall.
Much surprise was manifested on the streets of Orlando last Friday evening when it was announced that Helen Duvall, the wife of E.R. Duvall, local editor of the Herald, was dead. She had been sick for several days, yet her death was hardly expected.
Eudora Helen McLain was born in Ohio, March 27, 1851. Her father's name was Moses McLain, a brother to the father of the Hon. John McLain, of Ohio, and Mrs. Admiral Dewey.
While Helen, as she was familiarly called, was quite young, her parents moved to Coles county, Illinois. During the war two of brothers-in-law enlisted in companies that formed a part of Gen. Grant's regiment, he at that time being colonel. After the war Miss McLain came to Kansas and engaged in school teaching for a time. In this line of work she was well qualified. She and E.R. Duvall were married August 9, 1883. They came to Oklahoma in January, 1890, settling in Orlando where they have since resided,. To them were born four children, Rice, Dottie, Vincent and Edna. To these children and a step-son, Robert, she was a faithful mother, and they feel keenly their loss. She was a faithful help-meet to her husband.
Mrs. Duvall became a member of the M.E. church at the age of 16. In every good work she took an active part. At the time of her death she was treasurer of the Orlando W.C.T.U., and was president of the auxiliary of the Christian Women's Board of Missions of the Christian church.
The funeral services were held in the Christian church at Orlando, Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. A large crowd was in attendance and the services were very impressive. Brother R.L. Morton, the pastor of the church, preached an eloquent sermon fitting to the occasion. Rev. J.R. Nanninga, of the Evangelical church, Rev. H.L. Henn, of the M.E. church and the writer assisted in the services. The body was laid to rest in the Orlando cemetery. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved husband and children. It was a sad hour to them when wife and mother closed her eyes in that last sleep. But at Eternity's dawn she will awaken again to a grander life.
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