Obituaries of Lilyan Pence Meyers from the Columbia City (Indiana) Post in 1939

header of obituary from newspaper Three obituaries for Lilyan Pence Meyers of Chicago, Illinois and Whitley county, Indiana from 1939.


1. "Mrs. Meyers dies today in Chicago", obituary of Lilyan F. Pence, Columbia City (Whitley, Indiana) Post, 26 August 1939 (Saturday evening), page 1, col. 4; microfilmed newspaper, Indiana State Library.

2. "Meyers rites to be Tuesday morning", funeral notice of Lilyan F. Pence, Columbia City (Whitley, Indiana) Post, 28 August 1939 (Monday evening), page 1, col. 4; microfilmed newspaper, Indiana State Library.

3. "Last rites held for Mrs. Meyers today", funeral report of Lilyan F. Pence, Columbia City (Whitley, Indiana) Post, 29 August 1939 (Tuesday evening), page 6, col. 6; microfilmed newspaper, Indiana State Library.

Transcript of August 26th Obituary [formatting added]

Mrs. William Meyers, 29 [born about 1910], ill for the past six months [since about February 1939] with streptococcic infection of the inner lining of the heart, died at 8:30 o'clock this morning [August 26] in Chicago Memorial hospital [Cook county, Illinois]. The young woman had been in a coma for the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dowell [Billy's aunt and uncle], accompanied by Billy Meyers, the eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Meyers, left for Chicago this morning before information had been received by relatives here concerning the young woman's death.

The local people are expected to return this evening with complete information concerning funeral rites which will be held here.

Mrs. Meyers was the former Lillian Pence, a daughter of Florence and Verne Pence, the later [Verne] of Chicago. She [Lillian?] was born in this city. Her marriage to William Meyers occurred 12 years ago [about 1927, when Lillian was about 17 years old], and during that time [from about 1927 to 1939] the couple lived in Chicago.


  • besides the husband [William] and
  • the parents [both Verne and Florence] are
  • a daughter, Barbara, aged 6 [born about 1933], and
  • a son, Billy, aged 11 [born about 1928];
  • three sisters,
    • Mrs. Lee Dare Young [does three names imply multiple marriages, or is it to distinguish between other Mrs. Lee?], of Ann Arbor, Mich.,
    • Mrs. Lee Dowell
    • and Faith Pence [possibly unmarried], of this city [Columbia City, Indiana],
  • and one brother, Paul Pence, of this city and of Chicago.

The funeral rites will probably be held Tuesday [August 29] at the Luckenbill's Sons Funeral home.

Transcript of August 28th Funeral notice [formatting added]

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillian Pence Meyers, wife of William A. Meyers, Chicago [Illinois], will be conducted at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning [August 29] at Luckenbill's Sons Funeral Home by the Rev. John S. Hoenstine, pastor of Grace Lutheran church. Interment will be made in Greenville cemetery [Columbia City].

The body of Mrs. Meyers was brought here Sunday [August 27] from Chicago, taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Florence Pence [but not her surviving father?], and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dowell, on North Oak street. Friends will be received at the North Oak street residence until just prior to the funeral when the body will be taken to the funeral home.

Transcript of August 29th Funeral report [formatting added]

Last rites for Mrs. William Meyers, of Chicago, were held this morning [August 29] at 10 o'clock at the Luckenbill Funeral Home, the Rev. J. S. Hoenstine of Grace Lutheran church officiating.

Mrs. Florence Henderson as soloist sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "Come Unto Me" from "The Messiah". She was accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Argyle Luckenbill.

Pallbearers were

  • Jack Hancock,
  • Walter Weick,
  • Walter D. Myers [Williams's relative?],
  • John Whiteleather,
  • Lawrence B. Johnston, and
  • Robert Helfrich.

Flower bearers were the Mesdames

  • Clyde Underwood,
  • Jack Hancock,
  • Walter Weick,
  • Walter D. Myers,
  • Clarence Platner,
  • Harry Rhoads,
  • Joe Hildebrand,
  • Robert Helfrich,
  • Benton Thompson,
  • Roy Reed,
  • Alice Roberts,
  • David Spence,
  • Karl Miller,
  • Jean Connell,
  • Ford Goble,
  • Robert Hendrickson,
  • Ted McClain,
  • Robert Shriner,
  • George Cress,
  • Z. W. Smith,
  • W. C. Scheler,
  • Walter Meyers [different from Walter D. or duplicate?],

and the Misses

  • Ruth Wolford,
  • Jane Meyers [Williams's relative?],
  • Marjorie Meyers [Williams's relative?],
  • Mary Lou Kilgore,
  • Janet Goble.
  • Helen Miller.

Friends and relatives coming from a distance to attend the funeral rites were

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lyle McGuire,
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Davis,
  • Mrs. John Harridge,
  • Mrs. Zur Smith,
  • Mrs. Walter Scheler,
  • Miss Bertha Terman,
  • Miss Minnie Carter,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Benton Thompson and
  • Mrs. Walter Hemmick, Chicago [Illinois],
  • and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kilgore,
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Kilgore,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ted Baylus, Marion [unclear which state];
  • Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Stouffs [possibly William's uncle or cousin], Huntington [Indiana].

Committal services were held in Greenhill cemetery.