May Leona Wetzel

Mrs. May Wetzel Dies Early Today; Funeral Sunday

Mrs. May Leona Wetzel of 1508 North street died at 5:20 a.m. today 
at Franklin County Hospital in Benton. She was 79 years, one month, and six days 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pulley Funeral 
Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Freytag officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood 
cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Pulley Funeral Home, where 
friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Mrs. Wetzel was born December 23, 1880, in Dahlgren, the daughter 
of William and Samantha (Gregory) Williamson. On October 19, 1898, she was 
married to Charles H. Wetzel, who preceded her in death on Mar. 16, 1952. 
For many years Mrs. Wetzel was a gracious leader in Mt. Vernon 
civic and social circles. She served as president of the Federated Women's Club and 
the garden club. She had a great interest in flowers. Her husband was a well-known 
merchant. He served as a member of the city council and was also a member of city boards, 
including the zoning commission. After Mr. Wenzel's death, she lived for a time in the 
southwest on the ocean side in California, but she always returned to the town and the 
friends she loved best. She suffered a stroke a week ago and was removed to the Benton 
hospital, where one of her daughters is a nurse. 

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Bernadine Greenwald of Prescott, Az., and 
Mrs. Jean Simmons of West Frankfort; and two grandchildren. 

Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, and a daughter. 

Mrs. Wetzel was an active member of the First Presbyterian church. 

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: January 1960 
Submitted by Mary Jane Ohms - Jan 2002

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