She was born April 9, 1866, at Orchard Grove, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Kenney, who owned a store and post office at Kenney's Corners, 4 miles east of Lowell on Road 2. After graduating from Orchard Grove school, she attended high school in Crown Point and in 1885 was united in marriage to Frank Tilton.
With quiet dignity, Mrs. Tilton rendered competent service to the community where she spent her entire 85 years. Often she fondly recalled the days when she was first to bathe all the new-born babies in the neighborhood.
Always very close to her family she will be greatly missed by her children, Mrs. George (Fern) Vandercar, Fay, Guy, Mrs. Dewey Childress, Mrs. Keith (Phebe) Dinwiddie, Ralph and their families, which include 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Her husband preceded her in death about 10 years ago.
Funeral services will be held for her -- the oldest member of Indiana Trail Grange No. 2631 -- at the Grange hall just a half mile east of her home. Rev. Thomas Adkins and Rev. Paul Reisen will officiate at the 2 p.m. (DST) rites on Friday, July 13th and she will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Orchard Grove cemetery with burial in charge of K.A. Sheets.
Go to Effie Tilton, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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