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NAME: Van Auken, Catherine A. (m. 1h - Clark R. Whitman, 2h - Mr. Laver)


 Mrs. Catherine A. Laver was born in Columbus Junction, Iowa, December 14, 1889 and died in Mercy hospital in Davenport, Iowa, February 25, 1922.
 Mrs. Laver is the second daughter of Mrs. Martha Van Auken of Davenport, Iowa.
 She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, one son, John Whitman, her mother, Mrs. Martha Van Auken, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Worley, Mrs. Hannah Harney and three brothers, Fred, Clarence and Dewey Van Auken. One brother Charles preceded her in death three years ago.
 Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. Dillon officiating at the church and grave. Interment was made in Columbus City cemetery.


Mrs. Laver Buried Here.
 Mrs. Katheryn Laver, a sister of Fred VanAuken of this place, died at Davenport Feb. 25th and the body was shipped here for burial in the Columbus City cemetery. The funeral service was held at the M. E. church here at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Dillon. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. VanAuken and was born here Dec. 14, 1891.


Written in memory of Mrs. Catherine Laver by her aunt, Mrs. L. G. Richey, of Des Moines.

Life is teeming to the brim
With heart aches, pains and woe,
When he calls us; can we say
Like her, we want to go.
T'is sad to part with those we love
Our hearts left torn and bleeding
We scarely know which way to turn
As one by one they're leaving.
Me thinks in this my lonely hour
Whant can the future hold,
In dire d espair; I look around
Another chair to fold.
The face that we will ne'er forget
Now lies beneath the sod.
In calm repose, she went away
Her soul now rests with God.
Jesus speaks in t hundering tones
Oh will we hear his call.
He speaks your drooping hearts to cheer.
Come loved ones, he wants all.
Beyond the shining portals
Robed in resplendent white
We'll meet with those we loved here
If we but see the light.
Oh let us meet our jewels fair
Passed out beyond the portals.
There's nothing in this wretched life
But Jesus, for us mortals
So we'll not mourn, there's light ahead
T'is Jesus our dear Savior,
Who shed his blood and gave his life
That we might live forever.

contributed by Judy Lake