Mrs. Mary Elizabeth O'Bannon, pioneer resident of Pettis County, widow of the late Thomas H. O'Bannon, passed away at the family home, 725 East Tenth Street, at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, after a lingering illness.
Mrs. O'Bannon was born December 22, 1852, near Harris, Cooper County, Mo., the daughter of William P. and Nancy Hughes Dillard. She grew to womanhood near Hughesville, and was married to Mr. O'Bannon January 11, 1883. Mr. O'Bannon died February 5, 1911. The early part of their married life was spent in LaMonte, the family moving to Sedalia in 1905.
Mrs. O'Bannon was one of the city's most substantial and loved residents. Home loving and devoted to her family, she made a home where her relatives and friends loved to visit, and where they always received a welcome.
She is survived by five children, William D. O'Bannon, Allen O'Bannon, Mary A. O'Bannon, and Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkerson, all of Sedalia, and Mrs. Willis B. Combs, of St. Paul, Minn., who arrived in Sedalia Saturday afternoon. She also leaves one step-son, Fred W. O'Bannon, of Paonia, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, W. R. Dillard of Sedalia, and Joseph G. Dillard of Jefferson City.
Funeral services will be held at the First Christian Church at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. J. Stuart Mill to officiate. Mrs. Will Heynen will have charge of the music.
The following friends will serve as pallbearers: Joe Elliott, E. W. Couey, Ernest Adams, R. F. Sellers, W. F. Yankee, and J. C. Connor.
Burial will be in the LaMonte Cemetery by the side of her husband.
Source: Sedalia Democrat, 6 May 1928