Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
Funeral for Annie Willson, 96, Is Held in Guernsey
Thon Book No. 1
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie R. Willson, 96, one of Niobrara County;s oldest residents, was held July 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Guernsey. Rev. Kenneth Gordon officiated. Burial was in Guernsey.
Mrs. Chester Frederick and Miss Louanna Shaul sang "In The Garden" and "The Lights of Home." Mrs. Gordon Davis was organist.
Active pallbearers were George Abrogast, Charles Lawrence, Gordon Davis, Chet Frederick, Stanley Palmer, Fred Berry. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Frederick, Charles Baker, Frank Baker, Walt Ragan, Ed Dicker, Art Crawford, Pete McNall and Jesse Hall..
The Lusk Herald
July 23, 1959
Annie R. Willson Dies Here Sunday
Mrs. Annie R. Willson, one of Niobrara County's oldest residents, died at 96 Sunday evening in the Spencer Hospital as a result of a stroke which she suffered a week previous.
Mrs. Willson the morning of her stroke, July 12, got out of bed about 7:10 a.m., did some light work around the house including making her own bed, and read the paper. That afternoon, evidently while taking a nap, she suffered a stroke and never regained consciousness.
"Aunt Annie" as she was affectionately called by many was born to Henry and Catherine Runser, November 19, 1862 in Erie, Pa. At 16 she went to Chicago where she was employed as a seamstress in the Henry Bryant home.
One of the Bryant daughters later became Mrs. Charles Guernsey, the man who founded the town of Guernsey, Wyoming. It was on the advice of a doctor that Mrs. Willson came west and she arrived at the site of Guernsey in 1890 before there was a town there. The only material thing on the bank of the North Platte River where Guernsey is now located was one small log cabin.
Funeral services were held for Mrs. Willson in Guernsey Wednesday afternoon. She was buried in Guernsey beside her daughter, Julianna. Details about the services were not available at the Herald press time Wednesday. Mrs. Wilson is survived by a son, Glen of Lusk. Her husband, Edmund E. and daughter died previously.
Mrs. Willson had made her home in Lusk with her son, Glen Willson and Mrs. Willson from late 1956 until the present time.
Merle Stanley Hahn (March 2, 1927 - October 28, 2010)Edna Lucille Koontz (February 2, 1894 - October 30, 1963)Harry Henderson Koontz (May 25, 1884 - June 12, 1959)Edmund Brooks Willson (June 16, 1856 - October 21, 1926)Eugene Parkhurst Willson (July 21, 1891 - October 12, 1985)Eugene Bigelow Willson (October 18, 1852 - January 28, 1935)Frederick Brooks Willson (December 13, 1898 - November 22, 1996)George Luther Willson (November 1, 1848 - June 11, 1931)Helen Willson (August 20, 1845 - June 29, 1927)Isabel Willson (September 20, 1865 - September 19, 1955)James Vaughn Willson (July 26, 1931 - March 16, 2001)Kenneth Mack Willson (March 6, 1896 - July 3, 1980)Lois Ann Willson (July 7, 1934 - January 3, 2007)Marie Valentine Willson (February 14, 1900 - June 2, 1992)Mary Frances Willson (July 1, 1905 - August 4, 2006)Maxine Willson (December 4, 1902 - June 14, 1988)Mary Jean Wilson (July 16, 1926 - December 21, 2011)
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