OBIT: Columbus Safeguard, Columbus Junction IA, Thurs 8 Mar 1934
MRS. J. F. VAN AUKEN.
Mrs. J. Fred Van Auken, a resident of this community for many years, died Wednesday morning at the University hospital at Iowa City where she had gone the previous week for treatment.
Edna May Hammond was born August 7th, 1888, in Hutchison, Kan., the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Hammond, and came with her parents to Louisa county, Iowa, where she resided until her death in the University hospital at Iowa City, Feb. 28, 1934.
She was united in marriage with J. Fred Van Auken Dec. 4, 1907, at Columbus Junction. They went to housekeeping in the Van Auken homestead one mile north of Columbus Junction and have resided there since. To this union eleven children were born all of whom survive to mourn the loss of a devoted mother: Howard, Ruth, Dorothy, Evelyn, Lee, Cleo, Raymond, Shirley, all at home, Mrs. Orvil Hills, and Glen and Chas., of Columbus Junction together with the husband also two grandchildren.
She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters, James Hammond, Mrs. Roy Bliven, Mrs. Wayne Jones and Albert Hammond of Columbus Junction and Calvin Hammond of Stewart, Iowa, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Her father and mother preceded her in death in recent years.
Mrs. Van Auken was a very kindly person always ready to lend a helping hand, a loving, considerate wife and mother and was always busy about her home seeing to the comforts of her husband and children. At an early age Mrs. Van Auken was converted to Christ and baptized but was ot a member of any church.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at two o'clock on Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. W. A. Samp.
Two selections: "Jesus Savior Pilot Me" and "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" were sung by Mrs. J. Fred Moore, Mrs. R. J. Gilkey and Mrs. Anna Duncan with Miss Effie Kelly at the piano.
Lillian and Vera Bliven were the flower girls.
Pallbearers were Roy Parsons, Laird parsons, Harold Edmondson, Will Cunningham, Joe Lewis, Arthur Solmon.
Burial in the Columbus City cemetery.
Those from a distance in attendance at the service were: Lee Workman and mother of Lone Tree; William Carpenter and daughter and Mark and Frank Taylor of Muscatine; Mrs. Martha Van Auken and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Worley and daugher, Pauline and son, Arthur and Mrs. Carl Duncan, Buffalo.
The change in the service from the Presbyterian to the Methodist church was made necessary by the illness of the Rev. T. M. Balcoff.