Margaret Murphy was born in County Kerry, Ireland, October 27, 1844, died in St. Mary’s hospital, Quincy, June 9, 1927. When seven years of age she came to this country with her parents, Martin and Margaret Murphy, locating on a farm in Schuyler County. She was married to William Gleason June 29, 1862. and to this union four children were born. Mr. Gleason died May 12, 1874. Eleven years later she was again married to John Woods, who preceded her in death January 30, 1920. The oldest son, John Gleason, died April 28 of the present year. The surviving ones are: Mrs. Robert Armstrong, Mrs. Thomas Monckton, and James Gleason of Mt. Sterling; one stepson, Willie Gleason of Quincy, and one brother, Patrick Murphy of Springfield.
On Friday the body was conveyed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Armstrong on West Main street. There was high mass for the repose of her soul Saturday morning at 8 o’clock. Funeral services were held Saturday immediately after the 9 o’clock mass by Rev. P. J. Fox and interment was in the Catholic cemetery.
Mrs. Woods was a consistent and practical member of the Roman Catholic church. For the past several years she has been a tertiary in the Third Order Secular of St. Francis and buried in the habit of that order.
Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Patrick Murphy of Springfield; Miss Mary Armstrong, Virginia, Mrs. John Gleason and daughters, Misses Philomena and Josphine of Quincy.
Source: Mt. Sterling, The Democrat-Message June 15, 1927.