Mrs. Elliot Rucker Died Last Sunday, May 9, After Illness of Four Days

Another esteemed pioneer crossed over the great divide last Sunday when Mrs. Elizabeth Rucker passed peacefully away. The cause of death was pneumonia, which developed only four days before her death. Mary Elizabeth Holliday was born in Cobden, Illinois, March 12, 1855, where she spent the early years of her girlhood. Later she spent some time in Winona, Missouri, where she met Elliot Rucker. The friendship that sprang up ripened into love and they were married in Winona June 7, 1874. To the union seven children were born, all but one of whom are living to mourn the loss of one of the best mothers. They are Mrs. George Stephenson, Mrs. Frank Young, Claude and Lee Roy of Pullman, Lawrence E. of Olympia, Leonard J. of Eagle Creek, Oregon, and Mrs. Lillie May Rigg, deceased. There are 17 surviving grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Rucker came to the great west in 1886, locating at Dayton. Eight years later they came to Pullman, where they have resided for over a quarter of a century. Over 18 years ago she was called to sustain the severe misfortune of losing her life companion, who fell asleep on January 4, 1962. Since that time she has trod life's way alone. Though greatly saddened by her loss, she found rich comfort in her communion with the Man of Sorrows. She was able to shake off the gloom and for more than 15 years has been a happy benediction to all who have been permitted to share her association. She remembered her Creator in the days of her youth and in her old age she forsook him not. All the days of her life she has loved and served Her Lord and died in the comfort of a living faith. Mrs. Rucker was a splendid type of the days of the west. She was sturdy and frugal in her home life. Her love of the beautiful in nature resulted in making her door yard a bevy of beautiful flowers. In fact, her intense desire for a more beautiful garden of roses this year led to her decease. It was after some extra exertion in planting a few varieties of rare flowers that the fatal malady came upon her. The end came in the early forenoon of May 9 at the age of 65 years one month and 27 days. The funeral was conducted from the Pullman Christian church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. H. J. Reynolds, the minister, officiated. Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Metz sang "Some Time We'll Understand" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." The floral offerings were expressive of the love of relatives and friends of which there is a host. Interment was made in Fairmount.

NOTE: She was the daughter of David King Holliday and Milley Elizabeth Anderson Holliday. They are buried in the Old Baptist Cemetery on Trace pond hill at Winona. Their
tombstones have been destroyed.  Mary Elizabeth Rucker was a sister to Rachel Jane Holliday Dailey. Mary Elizabeth married Elliott Rucker at Winona - they are believed to be some of the ones who traveled the Oregon Trail.