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Farnam loses benevolent citizen

Mrs. Lucy Adkisson passed away Thursday morning in the Gothenburg hospital after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00, at the Methodist Church in Farnam. Rev. Lauren Messersmith, and Rev. Frank W. Hainey officiated. Mrs. Anton Kotschwar and Mrs. Delores Nickerson sang, Mrs. Raymond Smith accompanied.

Pallbearers were: Ed Foster, Lynn Messersmith, Herbert Messersmith, Emory Messersmith, Orvis Messersmith, and Lyle Messersmith. Interment was in the Farnam Cemetery.

Olesen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lucy Adkisson

Mrs. Lucy Adkisson was born March 10, 1881, near Ashland, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Thomas and Angeline Messersmith, having six sisters and six brothers, of whom all but one brother have preceded her in death. She passed away in the hospital in Gothenburg May 28, 1959, at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 18 days.

When she was about three years old her parents moved to the Orafino community, and this part of the state has been her home since. In 1903 she became the wife of William E. Adkisson. To this union was born a daughter Maggie who was destined to live only nine months.

To help fill the void by this loss, the Adkissons adopted an orphaned nephew, Elden Thompson, and raised him as their own.

In 1941, Mr. Adkisson preceded her in death.

Those remaining to cherish her memory are one son, Elden Thompson of Farnam, one brother, George Messersmith of Mountain Grove, Missouri, several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Adkisson was always very active, never happy unless she was doing something for others. She loved people, especially children.

The Farnam Press 19(35):1 Thursday, June 4, 1959

Published: 8/17/2022 - http://www.historicfarnam.us/cemetery/obits/index.asp
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