Miss Melissa J. Price
Was born in Schuyler county on Jan. 18,1844. She was united in marriage to Adam Ray, March 13, 1864.
To this union six children were born, one dying in infancy.
Those surviving are Mrs. Thomas Graham of Peoria, Mrs. Harry Shaw of Bluff City, John of Woodland township, George of Peoria and
Zelma of Bluff city.
There survive besides her aged companion and children two brothers, Geo. Price of Bushnell and Wm. Price of
Sheldon's Grove, and four sisters-Mrs. Malinda Fisher of Sheldon's Grove, Mrs. Lavina Smith of near Rushville and Mrs. Geo. Parks. of
She united with the Primitive Baptist church at Mt. Zion in 1895 and lived a faithful member until
The funeral services were held at the family residence in Bluff City at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, Dec. 15, and
was attended by a large assemblage of relatives and friends.
Rev. G. W. Murrill of Winchester, pastor of the Primitive Baptist church, officiated. He spoke in the
highest terms of the exemplary life and work of Mrs. Ray. The body was laid to rest in the Price cemetery.
Death came at 2 o'clock p. m. Friday, Dec. 13, as a respite to the suffering of Mrs. Adam Ray of
Bluff City; at the age
of 63 years, 10 months and 23 days.
She had been ill for the past several weeks and from the very start her condition had been regarded as serious. Tho blind for the
past five years she bore her affections patiently until the end.
Her demise was due to a complication of diseases, together with advanced age.