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THE WESTERN STAR, 5 March 1943
Obituary of ANNA JANE ROBBINS-HANDY
Pioneer Woman Dies In Eighty-Fifth Year

Mrs. J. B. Handy Had Been In County Since 1903

Mrs. J. B. Handy, who had been confined to her home most of the time during the past few years because of a broken hip which she received in a fall, died at her home in Coldwater early last Sunday morning, February 28, and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 in the Methodist church, with pastor, Rev. M. W. Parker, in charge, and Rev. A. E. Greenler of Hoisington bringing the message. Mr. Greenler was pastor here for five years, from 1931 to 1936, and conducted the funeral of Mr. Handy when he passed away in 1936. His text Tuesday afternoon from which he brought a comforting message was from Zechariah, and reads: "At evening time it shall be light." Mr. Parker read a scripture lesson and offered prayer.

Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Hadley sang three numbers - "The Old Rugged Cross," "Faith of Our Fathers," and "Good Night Here, But Good Morning There." They were accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Wm. Brumbaugh.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, beside her husband. The following acted as casket bearers: Glenn Robbins, Ephraim Robbins, Perry R. Buckley, Fred Robbins, Vertis Swarner and E. Robbins, all nephews of the deceased.

Anna Jane Robbins, daughter of Ephraim and Ida Mae Robbins, was born in Monroe County, Ohio, June 8, 1857, and passed away at her home in Coldwater on February 28, 1943, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 20 days. In 1860 she moved with her parents to Wayne County, Ill., then to Cedarvale, Kansas, in 1873. In the spring of 1875 they moved to Rice County, where she continued to make her home. At an early age she was converted and became a member of the Methodist church.

In May 1878 she was united in marriage with Rev. J. B. Handy. They continued to make their home in Rice County until the year 1895, when they moved to Missouri, living there until 1903, when they bought land in Comanche County, in the New Home neighborhood, where they made their home until 1916. They then moved to Coldwater. After Mr. Handy passed away, Mrs. Handy continued to make her home here in Coldwater until her death.

She leaves two sisters and brothers, Mrs. Adeline Buckles of Hollywood, Calif., Mrs. Ida Swarner and Will Robbins of Coldwater, and Levi Robbins of Wichita, one half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Hall of Texas, one half-brother, John Robbins, of Jet, Okla., also 33 nieces and nephews, 41 great nieces and nephews and nine great great nieces and nephews. Her parents and seven brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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