She passed away in 1914.
Rockford Morning Star, Tuesday, February 10, 1914
MRS. JAMES SMITH DEAD, LIVED IN COUNTY 73 YEARS
Old Resident Of Argyle Died Sunday At Home Of Daughter In Rockford
Mrs. Elizabeth Smith passed from this life at 7:30 o'clock Sunday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Reid, 837 Haskell avenue. She was the last surviving charter member of the Willow Creek Presbyterian church. Since the death of her huskband which occurred five years ago Mrs. Smith had resided in Rockford with her daughter.
She was born in Scotland, Nov. 25, 1826 and came to America in a sailing ship fifteen years later.The voyage consumed a month and another month was required to reach the new home in the "far west" at Argyle, where much of her life was spent.
Owing to the death of her mother which took place within a year of their settlement in the new home, Elizabeth Montgomery was compelled to assume the care of her younger brothers and sisters. Her marriage to James Smith occurred a few years later.
Death was the result of the general breaking down of extreme age, as Mrs. Smith was nearly 88 years old.
She leaves two sons, Daniel Smith, who lives on the Montague road, and James Smith of Rockford, three daughters, Mrs. James S. Reid and Miss Flora Smith of 837 Haskell avenue, and Mrs. Hugh McKerrall of 930 North Winnebago street, besides a brother, James Montgomery of Poplar Grove.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Reid home with Rev. M.L. Pearson of the Willow Creek church and Pastor Fulton of First Presbyterian church of Rockford officiating. Interment will be at Argyle.
The death of Mrs. Smith occurred within a few hours of that of a lifelong neighbor and friend, Mrs. James Greenlee.
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