The Adair County News, December 19, 1900


A sad day comes to every home at some time, and this was the case at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Tate Turpen, December 5, 1900, when the death angel came and claimed as its victim Ollie, their youngest daughter. She had been sick about a year with that dread disease, consumption, but she bore her afflictions with great patience... She was born May 11, 1880; was converted at the age of thirteen, [and] joined the Baptist Church... She leaves a father, mother, sister and brother, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure... The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.P. Gordon, pastor of the Methodist church, at her late home, in the midst of a number of sympathizing friends, afterwhich the remains were buried in the town cemetery.*

[* No marker for Ms. Turpen is listed in Vol 4 (Columbia City Cem.) of the Adair County cemetery series.]