Mary Eleanor McAlister was born March 9, 1879 at Pleasant Grove Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Brown.
Mrs. McAlister died at 2:20 p.m. Nov. 20, 1952 at St. Olaf Hospital after being in ill health the past five years. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday Nov.24 at Pleasant Grove, Rev. H.H. Kooy officiating. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with the Worlein Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. McAlister is survived by her husband; six children, Charles, Rufus, Arthur, Neva (Mrs. David Stevens), Guy and Eleanor (Mrs. Lloyd Erickson); 24 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and three brothers, Walter Brown, Stewartville; Wesley Brown, Winona; and George Brown, Austin.
Out of town persons attending the funeral were: Wesley P. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Brown, Winona; Walter Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse McAlister, Stewartville; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Benjamin, St. Paul.
[Austin Daily Herald- November, 1952]
Submitted by great-granddaughter, Kathy (McAlister) Pike