Mary Ann (Wilson) Hays was born in Washington County, Maryland September 17, 1825 and died on the 6th day of May of this year, at the age of 88 years, 7 months and 19 days. She came to Ogle County, Illinois with her parents in 1838 and had made this county her home ever since. She was united in marriage with William Hays on February 4, 1844 and they were permitted to enjoy life together for 51 years, Mr. Hays departing this life on June 1, 1895. To this union were born twelve children, five of whom are living: Mrs. E. D. Bomberger, Mrs. L. W. Wendle, Fred and Ed, all of Polo, and Harry of Ashland, Neb. She is also survived by two brothers and …e sister and several grandchildren. Mrs. Hays joined the United Brethren Church many years ago and of which she remained a true and constant member. The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. D. Bomberger last Friday at one P.M. Interment was made in the family lot at the Mt. Morris Cemetery.

Contributed by Julie Bartimus (source unknown)

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