Miss Emma Davis was born in Steuben county, Ind., June 4, 1858,
and bid farewell to earth on the early morning of March 16, 1906, aged 47
years, 9 months and 12 days.
        On Dec. 30, 1877, she was married to Norman C. Shank and during
all the intervening years she has lived where they began to keep house. 
To them were born five sons and one daughter, who, with three
step-children, think of mother as their dearest friend and the queen of
their father's home.  Besides her husband, children and step-children,
she leaves two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, an aged father,
one brother, four sisters and an entire community of sympathizing and
heart broken friends.  
        The bereaved children were blessed with a mother's presence, a
mother's love until they grew to manhood and womanhood.  In this respect
the children have been blessed far more than was their mother.  Before
she was old enough to remember, her mother was called home. There can be
no doubt that the great need of mother love, which she never had,
inspired her to be the great, warm-hearted, loving, self-sacrificing
mother that she was.  And until time shall have vanished into eternity,
and not until then, can all these children cease to thank God for the
gift of so noble and true a mother.  Upon the bereaved husband, more than
upon the children, will fall the brunt of this irreparable abyss.  But
after a life of such noble service and many weeks of such excruciating
suffering none would wish her back from peace and rest.  The funeral
services were conducted at Pleasant U.B. church Sunday morning March 18,
by Rev. Stangle.  Interment in Flint cemetery. [photo accompanied article
- jp]

Submitted By: Joey Pedigo