THE VANDALIA UNION
Jan 25, 1951
First of three Obituaries
DIED AT 98
Mrs. Anna Branson died Sunday morning, January 21, at the age of 98 years, two months and 14 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in Hunter Funeral Home with the Rev. M. B. Van Leer officiating. Burial was in Fillmore.
Agnes Anna Mahon, daughter of Elder Men Mahon and Elizabeth (Thompson) Mahon was born November the 7th, 1852.
In 1871 she was married to Thomas W. Branson. There were five children born to this union, two sons having died in infancy, one daughter, Mrs. Laura Mayhew who died twenty hears ago, one daughter, Mrs. Jennie Smith passing away in February of 1950, and one son, B. W. (Dauby) Branson who now lives in Denver, Colorado.
She had lived in Fayette County all her life except a few years she lived in Fillmore, Illinois. Her husband departed this life about thirty-two years ago.
For the past two years she has been cared for al the Bennett Nursing Home in Vandalia. For fifteen years prior to that she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Smith.
More than fifty years ago she was converted and united with the Methodist Church in Fillmore where she then lived. After moving back to Fayette County she transferred her membership to the First Methodist Church of Vandalia where it remained until her death.
She leaves to mourn her departure, the son of Denver, 8 grandchildren, sixteen great- grandchildren three great-great- grandchildren many nieces and nephews and a host of distant relatives and friends. She was the next to the oldest of a family of nine girls, all having preceded her in death.
The Montgomery News Jan 26, 1951
Dies At Age Of 98
Mrs. Anna (Mahon) Branson, an aged resident of Vandalia, died at the Bennett Nursing home in Vandalia Sunday morning, Jan- uary 21, aged 98 years. She was one of nine daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mahon, and she outlived all her sisters, and her parents, husband, and all her five children, except one son, B. W. Branson, of Denver, Colo. Besides the son she left eight grand- children, sixteen great-grand- children, and three great-great- grandchildren. She was a widow for thirty-two years of her life. Mrs. Branson lived in Fillmore for several years, but most of her long life was spent in Fayette county. The funeral service was held Tuesday at Vandalia and burial was made in Fillmore cemetery.
The Vandalia Leader Jan 25, 1951
Anna Branson, 98, Dies
Funeral Held Tuesday
Mrs. Agnes Anna Branson, 98, died at 7:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan, 21, in the Bennett Nursing Home, where she had resided two and one-half years.
Prior to that time, she had for fifteen years, shared a home with a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Smith, until Mrs. Smith passed away.
Daughter of the late Rev. Benjamin Mahon and Elizabeth Thompson Mahon, she was born Nov. 7, 1852, near Vandalia, and she had been a resident of the community of her late home practically all her life.
In 1870 she was married to Thomas W. Branson, who preceded her in death several years ago. A son, D.W. Branson, of Denver, survives, as do also eight grand and 16 great grandchildren, and other relatives. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and the last of several children of the Ben Mahon family. Her father will be remembered by older residents as having served as a Primitive Baptist minister, who for many years, lived with his family, at Avena. Tom Branson died 32 years ago.
Of the five children, two sons died in infancy; a daughter Mrs. Laura Mayhew, passed away 20 years ago and Mrs. Smith’s funeral occurred in February, 1950.
During a time when the family lived at Fillmore, she united with the Methodist Church there, and upon locating in Fayette County her membership was transferred to the Vandalia church. In addition to the grand and great grand- children listed above, she left three great great grandchildren and a host of distant relatives.
She was next to the eldest of nine sisters, all of whom are now deceased.
Services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 in the Hunter Funeral Chapel, by Rev. M.B. Van Leer, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was made beside her husband in the family lot in Fillmore cemetery.
MRS. LEWIS HENDRICKSON DIES IN BROWNSTOWN HOME
Mrs. Lewis Hendrickson, aged 61 years, 7 months and 6 days, departed this life at her home in brownstown on March 29, 1939 Funeral services for her were held at the Christian church in Brownstown on Friday at two O'clock and were conducted by Rev. Findalyson, pastor, of the Central Church of Christ in Newton, assisted by Rev. F. E. Crawford, a cousin of the deceased.
Interment was in Pilcher cemetery South of Brownstown.
(the original obituary said that interment was in the Washington cemetery on Four Mile)
Alda Una Mahon, daughter of Jacob and Rosetta Mahon, was born in Otego township, Fayette County, Illinois on August 23, 1877. She was united in marriage with Lewis Hendrickson on August 20, 1895. Her husband preceded her in death July, 1922. To this union five children were born: Ralph, who died in 1898, Dewey, who died in 1929 and Mrs. Estella Williams, Mrs. Kathryn Henna and John who live in Brownstown.
She united with the Christian church of Brownstown at the age of 16 but later removed her membership to the United-Brethren church at Prairie Chapel near her home at that time.
An invalid for years she always bore her suffering patiently and always greeted her visitors with a smile and kind words.
Besides the children mentioned she leaves to mourn her departure. One brother; John Mahon, of Otego township, two half-sisters, Mrs. S. M. McCormick of Otego, and Mrs. A. H. Hicks of Altamont, one half brother, Jacob Crawford of Arkansas, One half-brother, Lewis Crawford, died in the World War. There are nine grandchildren and a large number of other relatives and friends to mourn her demise.
Clarence Eugene MAHON
Clarence Eugene Mahon, 90, of Brownsburg, Ind., formerly of Brownstown, (IL), died at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 1993, at Brownsburg Health Care Center.
Mr. Mahon was born in Otego Township in Fayette County on Sept. 23, 1903, son of Zebedee Esau and Susan (Nash) Mahon. He married Frances Esther Hugo in Vandalia on July 14, 1924, and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Betty Campbell of Jeffersonville, Ind., and Mary Speiser of Brownsburg, Ind.; a foster-daughter. Melody Arduser of Anchorage, Alaska; four grandchildren; four foster-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Mahon was a member of Parkview Free Methodist Church in Vandalia and was a retired farmer and carpenter. The Rev. Ward Sussenbach will officiate at funeral services at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Interment will follow at Zion Cemetery near Brownstown.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Tuesday until time of services. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Source: Unknown..... Sunday, October 17, 1993
Dennis Vincent Mahon, 81, of St. James died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18,1995, at Lutheran Care Center, Altamont.
Graveside service was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stein-Stine Cemetery, St. James.
May Funeral Home, St. Elmo, was in charge of arrangments.
Memorials my be made to St. James Free Methodist Church.
Mr. Mahon was borm April 14, 1914 in St. James, the son of Rollin and Meda (Hoover) Mahon.
He married Ruth Stein in 1949.
He was a retired fanner; member of Fayette County Farm Bureau, St.James Free Methodist Church; and a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife; and brother, Herschel Mahon ofLoogootee.
He was preceded in death by one brother.