On June 3, 1916, my great-grandmother Estella Lucinda Randall (Hower) passed away in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
She died at her home in Park Rapids on a Sunday, the cause of death being heart failure. She had been about the home as usual all day until evening, eating as usual and not complaining of feeling sick. Shortly after the supper hour she was taken suddenly ill and died within an hour. She was 49 years of age.
My great-grandfather, A. C. Johnson, had died in 1900, and Estella had married William Reuben Hower. He was left to care for their ten year-old daughter, Margaret M. Hower.
She was also survived by three children from her earlier marriage to Aaron. C. Johnson. A son, Crist Philip, and two daughters, Clarabelle and my grandmother, Rosella.
The funeral was held at the Baptist church in Park Rapids on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. H.
R. McKee preaching the sermon, and interment was made at Greenwood cemetery.
The Worland Family in America and Beyond
I began my life in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, on an island filled with forests and wild rhododendrons. I was separated from my Worland family there at an early age. Recently, I was reunited with my family and learned of my heritage. And so, this journey to know my ancestors began. The Worlands, Gideons, Newtons, Conards... they were the colonists, the settlers, the pioneers. They fought in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War. This is their story, and the story of a nation. -Deci Worland MacKinnon