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Following a long illness, Mrs. Sarah Agnes McEwen, age 91, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 27 [1962], in the Ellensburg General Hospital.

Mrs. McEwen was born March 28, 1870 in Clark County near Vancouver, Wash., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Banister [mother was Martha Dixon]. When she was a small child, the Banister family first came to the Kittitas Valley. They spent one winter here, then moved to Walla Walla because of the Indiana scare. In the fall of 1884 they returned here to make a permanent home.

Sarah Banister was married Jan. 3, 1884 to James William McEwen. They were engaged in farming until 1908 when they moved into Ellensburg. Mr. McEwen has lived in the family home at 306 So. Sampson, for the past 53 years. At the time of her death she was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church in Ellensburg, having united with the church in January 1902.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Cora B. McEwen and Mrs. Martha Jordin, both of Ellensburg; two granddaughters, six great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Melinda Dixon of Ellensburg and Mrs. Belle Lewis of Wenatchee, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Elwood Marvin officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery.