She received her middle name from her aunt, Camilla Purvis. Mary was in a photo with Nannie McIlwain @ 1900. Were they cousins and/or just best friends?
Her obituary read:
"Mrs. Mary Dunkin
Passes Away at Home of Her Brother in Mattoon
Contracting tuberculosis shortly after the death of her husband two years ago, Mrs. Mary Camilla Dunkin passes away at the home of her brother. A.P. Powell, in Mattoon at 12:30 o'clock on Sunday. She had been confined to her bed for the past five months.
Mary Powell was born near Sullivan in 1882 and had always resided in this city until several months ago when she went to Mattoon to live.
She was a lovely character and was particularly interested in the work of the Christian church in this city....."
Mary's funeral was held at 3 PM on a Monday at the Christian church of Sullivan with Rev W.B. Hopper officiating.