Goehring, Laura Bonwell – Obituary

Mrs. Laura Alice Goehring, a resident of Ottumwa since 1879 and the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church here, died at 10:20 a.m. today [December 12, 1942] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. W. Swanson of 223 North Marion Street.

Mrs. Goehring was born November 29, 1859, near Columbus, Ind., the daughter of Michael and Agnes Bonwell. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ina Swanson, and one son, Harry Harker, both of Ottumwa. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Opal Harker, who died in 1888, and by one brother D. S. Bonwell, who died in 1940.

In 1879 she was married to Alonzo Harker, who died in 1891. She was married to Lewis Goehring in 1896 and he preceded her in death in 1935.

Besides her membership in the First Baptist Church, she was a member of Chapter 112, Order of Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the First Baptist Church in charge of the Rev. John R. Estes. The body will be taken from the Lester Jay Funeral Home late Sunday afternoon to the O. W. Swanson resident at 223 North Marion Street.

Interment will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

Contributed by: Shelli Steedman



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