As part of my multi-post series about the Blessing Sisters, below is the obituary for Anna Eliza Blessing Winney mentioned in Part 6. It’s from the book that Michael Winney wrote in 2007, Ancestry of The Winney Siblings: Arthur Jr., Margaret, Patricia, Kathleen, Leonard & Michael.
Fennimore Times, May 19, 1909
Obituary – Mrs. Anna Eliza Winney
“The death of Mrs. Winney came as a surprise to many as the general condition of her health gave no warning of the near approach of the end. She died of heart failure on the evening of April 30th, 1909.
Anna Eliza Blessing was born in Virginia, August 25, 1826. On October 25th, 1842 [should be 1845] , she was married to William Winney, and in earlier days they settled on Blakes Prairie. To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Winney, fourteen children were born, of whom all but three our living. Mr. Winney died a number of years ago, leaving the widow to struggle alone with her children, but she struggled courageously, seeking help of Him who is God of the widow and the fatherless.
The funeral services, conducted by Rev. A.T. Lacey, were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marshall Scott, of Blake’s Prairie, Wednesday, May 5, 1909, and were well attended. Interment was made at the Scott Cemetery.
The names and state of residence of the children who are living are as follows: Mrs. Annie E. Scott of Wisconsin, Mrs. Mattie Stewart of Oklahoma, Luther M. Winney of California, Arthur C. Winney of Oregon, Mrs. Carrie Vogt of Wisconsin, Leonard J. Winney of California, Charles B. Winney of Texas, Mrs. Alice M. Spangler of Nebraska, Abe Winney of California, Grant Winney of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Maude M. Winney of California.
The descendants of Mrs. Winney were increased by 44 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Grant Winney of Hutchinson, Kansas, was present at the funeral. A grand daughter and a great grandaughter of Mrs. Winney, in the persons of Mrs. Allie Maggs and Miss Alfaretta Maggs of Minong, Wis., were also present at the funeral.”