Obituaries for Elizabeth "Bettie" (Clanton) Threlkeld, d. 1901
From the Mexico Weekly Intelligencer dated Thursday, September 5, 1901, page 3, column 3.
Mexico, Audrain Co. MO
A Sudden Death.
Mrs. Bettie Threlkeld, wife of Hiram Threlkeld, 9 miles southwest of Mexico, died Thursday night of heart failure, it is thought. She complained of a smothering spell and walked out into the yard for a few minutes and returned to the house, laid down on the bed and died.
The deceased was about 35 years old. She was married to Mr. Threlkeld about 18 years ago. Three children bless the union; one boy and two girls, 15, 10 and about 5 years, respectively. The deceased was a half sister of Mrs. Annie Daniel, of South Mexico.
She was a member of the Beaver Dam Baptist church, where the funeral was preached Saturday at 10 o'clock by Rev. J. J. Porter, of Mexico, and the remains buried in the Mexico cemetery. The bereaved have the sympathy of the community. Funeral services were held Saturday over the remains of Mrs. Bettie Threlkeld. The pall bearers were as follows: H. H. Nelson, John Sanford, Wm. Conner, Chas. Marshall, Geo. Crum and Wm. Winn.
From the Auxvasse Review dated Thursday, September 5, 1901, page 3, column 6.
Auxvasse, Callaway Co. MO
Mrs. Hiram Threlkeld Dead
Mrs. Hiram Threlkeld, aged 39, after an illness of only a few minutes, died of heart failure, at her home six miles northwest of Auxvasse, at 11 o'clock p.m., Thursday August 29, 1901. A husband and two daughters survive her. She was, prior to her marriage, Miss Bettie Clanton. Her husband, Hiram Threlkeld was reared in southern Audrain, is a brother to Edgar Threlkeld of Auxvasse, and is an excellent gentleman.
Mrs. Threlkeld's funeral was preached at Beaver Dam, after which she was buried at Mexico. The pall bearers were: H. H. Nelson, John Sanford, William Conner, Charles Marshall, George Crum and William Winn.
From the Missouri Telegraph dated Friday, September 6, 1901, page 1, columns 1-2, under "CONCORD".
Fulton, Callaway Co. MO
Died at her home, near Concord, Thursday night, August 29, Mrs. Hiram Threlkeld. Heart failure was the immediate cause. She left a devoted husband, three children in addition to a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. The TELEGRAPH extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.
NOTES: From the above obituary information, it appears that Elizabeth "Bettie" CLANTON was born about 1862. At this time, little is known about where and to whom she was born. However, she did marry Hiram THRELKELD and had a family. Hiram was born about 1860 to Marcellus N. (1828 KY-1865) and Elizabeth J. "Eliza" (SMITH, 1832 VA-1912 MO) THRELKELD. They also lived in the small Beaver Dam community just south of Mexico, Audrain Co. MO. Bettie's only son, Marcellus "Mark" Herndon THRELKELD (1896 MO-1979 TX) was 5 years old when his mother passed away. One of Bettie's daughters may have been called Eunice. The Audrain County Record of Births (C-414) from the Missouri State Archives list a female child born to Hiram and Elizabeth (CLANTON) THRELKELD on 6 June 1885 in Audrain Co. MO. As given above, Bettie was buried on Saturday, August 31, 1901 at the Mexico cemetery.