Alice Agnes WyrillAge: 991877–1976
- Alice Agnes Wyrill
- Given names
- Alice Agnes
|Birth|| January 10, 1877|
|Marriage||Alfred George Willis — View the family|
June 17, 1900 (Age 23)
| Birth of a son|
|Alfred John Willis|
September 26, 1903 (Age 26)
| Birth of a son|
|Alan Grant Willis|
March 22, 1908 (Age 31)
|Death of a son||Alan Grant Willis|
July 22, 1924 (Age 47)
Agra, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Latitude: N39.761678 Longitude: W99.119254
|Death of a husband||Alfred George Willis|
March 23, 1929 (Age 52)
|Marriage of a child||Alfred John Willis — Erma Marie Lala — View the family|
May 17, 1930 (Age 53)
|Death of a son||Alfred John Willis|
May 9, 1967 (Age 90)
|Death|| March 27, 1976 (Age 99)|
Type: Find A Grave Memorial# 51311160
Kirwin Cemetery, Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Latitude: N39.679239 Longitude: W99.142156
|Family with Alfred George Willis|
Alfred George Willis
Birth: December 24, 1869 33 26 — Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa, United States
Death: March 23, 1929 — Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Alice Agnes Wyrill
Birth: January 10, 1877 — Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Death: March 27, 1976 — Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Marriage: June 17, 1900 — Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Alan Grant Willis
Birth: March 22, 1908 38 31 — Kirwin, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Death: July 22, 1924 — Agra, Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Alfred John Willis
Birth: September 26, 1903 33 26 — Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Death: May 9, 1967 — Phillips County, Kansas, United States
Oldest Resident Dies
Alice Willis, 99, Phillips County's oldest continuous resident, died March 27, after a lifetime of service to her beloved hometown of Kirwin.
Born to William Wyrill, a Civil War veteran, and his school-teacher wife, Sarah Hinds Wyrill, January 10, 1877, on the family homestead northwest of Kirwin, she was one of the county's few remaining pioneers.
She was born in a frame house through which she could see the stars through the cracks at night, during a period when buffaloes roamed the countryside and Indians camped on Deer Creek.
During the hardships of the day, her younger brother, Albert, was claimed by diphtheria when he was 7. She could recall seeing rows of caskets carrying school children to the cemetery who had died in that terrible epidemic.
Alice was already reading from the fifth grade reader when she started school at the age of seven. She walked 1.5 miles to the Valley school in Kirwin. She was the oldest living graduate of Kirwin High School. Since she was the only graduate of 1894, and her graduation would have cost the school $5, she taught for a year and then returned to graduate with the class of 1895.
Her first teaching job was in a little red school house south of Kirwin, and then for the next five years she taught in a rural school, Pleasant Ridge, northwest of Kirwin, which was also known as the Willis School. She received a salary of $25 per month.
On June 17, 1900, she married Fred Willis and lived on a farm northwest of Kirwin. Two sons were born to this union. Alan Grant, who died at the age of 16 in 1924, and Alfred John who died in 1967.
During difficult times Alice began writing poems, receiving $2 or $3 for each one published. She continued writing poetry during most of her life. At the age of 94 a book of her poetry was published.
Another interest was her love of plants, flowers and gardening. She was outstanding in identifying all flowers, wild and domestic, by their scientific names. Her husband, Fred, died in 1929 and soon after she moved to her home in Kirwin. Her yard was a flower garden and her home was always filled with bouquets of flowers when in season.
She was a great reader, and until the last few years of her life was greatly interested in all current events both locally and nationally and could discuss these events in detail.
Due to failing health, the last 5.5 years of her life have been spent in the Phillips County Hospital Long Term Care.
She has no surviving sisters or brothers. Besides her brother, Albert, previously mentioned, two died in infancy. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Olive Gray and Pearl Wyrill, and one brother, John B. Wyrill.
Surviving her are her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Alfred (Erma Lala) Willis; three grandchildren, Richard Willis and wife Virginia of Phillipsburg; Maryellen Boland and husband Jerry of Alton, and Leonore House and husband, Dight of McCracken; seven great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Angie Wyrill, and nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel March 30 with the Rev. Marvin Palmer officiating. Special music was furnished by organists Leonore House and Maryellen Boland.
Casketbearers were Dight House, Elmer Jones, Richard Willis, Jeff Louder, Jerry Boland, and John Wyrill, Jr. Interment was in the Kirwin Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to the Kirwin Library.