Carrie Tillman McCune Baker was about 45 in 1918. Her two husbands had died, and her two sons were fighting in a world war. She was probably very anxious to see them alive and well again. But that wasn’t to be. Suddenly, our Great-Grandmother Carrie died.
The Columbus Daily Enquirer dated 1 Dec 1918 contains her obituary notice, stating that she died Saturday afternoon [30 Nov 1918] at the city hospital, and was survived by a daughter, Rossie, and two sons, Frank and Will McCune, “of the American forces in France.” It also listed her other surviving family members: sister, Mrs. Ludie Hurst, of Acmar, AL; and four brothers, George Tillman of San Antonio, TX; Frank Tillman of Beaumont, TX; Charles Tillman of Corsicana, TX; and T. F. Tillman of Columbus. The funeral was held on 1 Dec 1918 at 2:30 p.m. at Herring and McGehee’s Chapel with interment in Girard Cemetery. 
The year 1918 is remembered not only for World War I but also for a world-wide influenza epidemic. Did Carrie succumb to this along with an estimated 40 million other people between 1918 and 1920, including many soldiers? Only recently did I find a copy of her death certificate at Ancestry.com. It wasn’t the flu that took her life.
1. Columbus Daily Enquirer, 1 Dec 1918, online image, Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com: accessed 23 Apr 2015), 8.
2. U.S. Public Health Service, “Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases,” 1918 public health poster, digital image, public domain, Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org: accessed 7 Feb 2016).
Next time — Why did Carrie die so young?