Harriet Elizabeth Berry Coulson was born near Exeter, in Scott county, Illinois, Jan. 15, 1864, and died March 16, 1920, at her home near Chapin, being at the time of her death 65 years, two months and one day of age. She was of a family of six children born of the late James and Amanda Berry, pioneer farmers of the Exeter community.
Of this family there is now living one brother, S. C. Berry, and one sister, Noda, wife of Elmer F. Walker. Alice, wife of Charles Morris; Emma, wife of John Miller; and Laura, wife of George Colling, have preceded her in death.
On September 5, 1883, she was united in marriage with Geroge H. Coulson, and to this union were born four children, as follows: Alta, who departed this life Nov. 23, 1902; Irvin, now living in East St. Louis, Ill.; Elmer, whose home is in Jacksonville, Ill., but is at present in Arizona; and Noda, wife of R. A. Garner, living at home and the following grandchildren, namely: George Newton and Warren Coulson, of Jacksonville; Maurine Coulson, of East St. Louis, and little Marion and Imogene Garner, of Chapin, Ill.
In early life, Mrs. Coulson professed faith in Christ and joined the Baptist church, later, after her marriage, transferring her membership to the Christian church of Chapin, Ill., where she took an active interest in the work of the organization through a long period of years.
Mrs. Coulson was essentially a home woman and found her greatest pleasure in ministering to those she loved.
She was of a kindly and deeply solicitous nature, and it was this marked trait of character that manifested itself so promptly when the well being of her own, or other was concerned.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, March 19, at 1 o'clock at the Chapin Christian church in the presence of a large number of friends. The church services were preceded by brief rites at the home, Rev. F. M. Crabtree, of Jacksonville, in charge.
The music was furnished by Mrs. Nettie Taylor, Mrs. Fred Eiler, John Eiler and Frank Calloway, with Miss Ruth Hutches at the piano.
The many beautiful flowers were cared for by Mrs. Daisy Vannier, Mrs. Stell Williams, Mrs. Doll Depner and Miss Rose Tomhave.
The pall bearers were G. P. Hamilton, Albert Vannier, Fred Middendorf, Harry Koch, Walter Robbitt and John Porter.