It's Mary Smith nee Hawk I've been searching for for 20 years. Mary and Jacob Smith resided in Portage des Sioux, MO. Mary b. 1869/70 Portage. Had 5 boys; first one was my Grandfather, last child was born 13 Oct. 1895 Portage.
Somehow Mary wound up in the City of Highland Park, ILL , (maybe due to a Flood).
Her mother, Melvina Caroline Nickels, Hawk, nee Snodgrass came to stay with Mary at Highland Park ILL, and died 16 June 1898, buried 18 June 1898 Ebenezer Cemetery, Portage, St. Charles Co., Missouri, as attested from the Alton Evening Telegraph of 18 June 1898 and 23 June 1898. I have checked MO and ILL Death Index, Ancestry, Familysearch, called several county offices, , all to no avail.
I'm at a complete loss