Merced Star

Aug. 9, 1917


Mrs. Eliza Adelaide Harrell, aged 73 years, 1 month and 26 days, died at her home at 352 Eighteenth street Sunday afternoon, following a long illness, which was caused by paralysis.

Deceased was a native of Texas and came to this country 45 years ago, residing first at Plainsburg, and moving from there to Merced when the town was infancy. During her long residence in this city, Mrs. Harrell has always commanded the highest respect of a large circle of friends and acquaintances and was a woman of most noble character, amiable, charitable and self-sacrificing at all times.

During the early days of Merced, when the country was sparsely settled and lacked many of the conveniences of the latter days, she was always first to call in case of sickness or death in the community. If adversity visited the doorstep of a neighbor, she was to bring relief, and it was because of her noble nature that she was endeared in the hearts of her friends who extend their deepest sympathy to her surviving sons, C. B. Harrell of Merced, J. T. Harrell of San Francisco and G. F. Harrell of San Jose.

Funeral services were held at the family residence at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and were conducted by the Rev. H. T. Babcock, of the Central Presbyterian church. The numerous floral offerings were a solemn testimony to the highest respect in which she was held. The remains were escorted to the Masonic cemetery for interment with the following citizens acting as pall bearers: J. H. Simonson, A. F. Pedreria, E. H. Newbegin, Chas. Harris, R. Barcroft and J. F. Bedesen.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harrell of San Jose and Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Harrell of San Francisco arrived in Merced Monday to attend the funeral of their mother.

 Transcribed by: Alma Stone