Obituary for Mary Ann Wright Ward (1848-1918)
No. 142 - Uncited clippings from the "Neva Murphy Hubbard Collection" of Beth Rengers Talken, 1998.
Mary Ann WRIGHT, daughter of Mrs. Julia and Wash. WRIGHT, was born in Flint Hill, St.
Charles county, Missouri, Jan. 11, 1848, and died at her home near Troy, Mo., Sept. 14,
1918, being 70 years, 8 months and 3 days old.
She was married to Wm. R. WARD March 4, 1866, to this union were born two daughters, Mrs. L.P. BROWING, of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Everett GEAR, of St. Louis. The husband, two daughters, a sister, Mrs. Susie HILL, a brother, Thos. U. WRIGHT, three grandchildren, a great grandchild and many other relatives and friends are left to mourn, yet not as those who have no hope. For unto him that overcometh will be given a place of honor; this, our loss, is her eternal gain. She suffered greatly for ten days but bore her sufferings patiently and said that she was ready to go.
"Cousin Annie," as so many knew her, was loved by all her associates and acquaintances because of her lovable manner and beautiful Christian character. Her friends were numbered by her acquaintances, for to know her was to love her.
The funeral services were held by Rev. O.A. GORDON at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon at her home, where a large company of friends gathered to pay their respects and sympathy which bespoke much for the life of the deceased.
After funeral services the remains were conveyed to the HUBBARD cemetery and there laid away to await the resurrection morning.
Dear "Cousin Annie" is not dead, but has gone to live forever with Our Father for "she hath done what she could." And while it is hard for us to give her up, it should be a consolation to us to know that she has gone to live in that world where sorrow, trouble and parting are unknown and that we have a tie that binds us closer to our Heavenly
Father, who doeth all things well.
Weep not that her toils are over,
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like hers, is done.
'Til then we yield with gladness,
Our mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance,
"He giveth His loved one sleep."
Note regarding clippings from the "Neva Murphy Hubbard Collection": Neva Murphy Hubbard (1886-1971) lived all of her life in Lincoln County, MO. She collected a large file of clippings of Lincoln County residents. The majority of the clippings were without citation. Beth Rengers Talken, beneficiary of the collection, has transcribed them for inclusion in our Lincoln County Heritage Records.
Submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Beth Rengers Talken, 18 September 1998.
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