Mrs. Arleigh Lamotte of 258 Washington street was killed instantly about six o'clock Tuesday evening in an accident which occurred about 2 miles north of Momence, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Lamotte were enroute to L'Erable where they were called by the serious illness of his father, Arthur Lamotte.
The Lamotte's southbound car was hit on the left front side by a car driven by Mrs. Clyde Mansberger, 24, when she drove off the pavement onto the berm, and in attempting to right the car; she swung across the highway, Route 1, directly in the path of the oncoming traffic.
Mrs. Lamotte was killed instantly, and Mr. Lamotte suffered minor injuries.
Occupants of the other car were Mrs. Mansberger's two year old son, Stephen, and Marie Carroll, 15. The latter is confined at St. Mary hospital in Kankakee, having sustained a compound fracture of her leg. Both Mrs. Mansberger and Stephen received first aid treatment and were released. Mr. Lamotte was also treated and x-rayed at St. Mary's.
Mrs. Lamotte, the former Marguerite O'Donnell, was born March 16, 1896, at St. Anne, Ill., the daughter of Terrance and Nora O'Donnell. In 1919 she was married to Arleigh Lamotte of Martinton, Ill., and they were the parents of three children, Mrs. Anthony (Arline) Vandermark, of Lowell; Mrs. J.D. (Cecelia) Harkin of Highland, and Wayne Anthony "Buddy," who died in1936 at the age of three years.
The Lamottes came to Lowell from L'Erable in 1927 and operated, very successfully, the local coal yard. For many years, Mr. Lamotte has been a director of the Lowell National Bank.
Mrs. Lamotte, "Maggie," a person of outstanding character, with hand ever extended in eager helpfulness will be sorely missed by her wide circle of friends, as well as her family, to whom she was devoted.
She lies in state at her home where relatives and friends will gather this evening (Thursday) to pray the rosary at 8'o clock.
Father Edward Boney will officiated at a 10 o'clock Requiem Mass in St. Edward's church on Friday, and interment will be made in St. Edward's cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of the Sheets Funeral Home.
Surviving with her husband Arleigh and two daughters and families, Mrs. Vandermark and daughter Toni Jo, who make their home with her parents, and Mr. and Mrs. Harkin and children Jeffery, Sandra and Kevin of Highland, are her mother, Mrs. Nora O'Donnell of Martinton, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Wetmore, and Miss Cecelia O'Donnell, both of Martinton, and Mrs. Cathryn Torrence of Chicago; four brothers, Martin, Terrance and Matthew O'Donnell of Martinton, and Edward O'Donnell of Momence, Ill.; besides many other relatives and a host of friends.
Go to Marguerite O'Donnell LaMotte, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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