Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 19 April 1895
The funeral services of Miss Viola McMains were conducted on Monday at the Christian Church by Rev. S. H. Creighton. Many friends and relatives were present to pay their respects to one who was loved by all who knew her. She had many friends in the Christian Endeavor Society, being an active member. Her classmates of the high school were present to pay their respects to one whom they admired and loved and will be greatly missed by them.
The floral tributes were numerous and gorgeously decorated the beautiful white casket in which the remains were incased. After the funeral services the remains were interred at Oak Hill Cemetery amid a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives.
Miss Viola McMains, daughter of Anderson and Clarissa McMains, was born January 16, 1877, near Rossville, Vermilion County, Illinois, and died at the home of her parents three miles south of Crawfordsville, April 12, 1895. She was the fifth of a family of ten children, all surviving her.
She entered the Crawfordsville public school in the fall of 1893 as a member of the eighth grade class and continued with the class until the end of the fall term of ’94. at that time due to failing health she was compelled to quit her school work.
During her brief school life in Crawfordsville she won many warm friends among her schoolmates and classmates as was manifested by their many acts of kindness toward her during her sickness and especially by their beautiful floral offering and their personal presence at the funeral services, all of which was greatly appreciated by the stricken family and highly endeared the class to them.
At the early age of 11 years she became a member of the Church of Christ in Illinois, and has since lived an earnest, consistent Christian life. During the last two years her membership has been with the Church of Christ at this place, where she has been an active, earnest worker, especially in Christian Endeavor word.
Of her it may be truly said she knew only the right and that to do; she had friends many and no enemies for in her heart she held a place for all. She loved the blessed Master and the church and served them in her humble way. And when the death messenger came she met him without a fear and died with a full hope of blessed immortality with God. Thus we have lost a friend and greatly mourn her loss. - thanks so much to "S" for all her great obit work