Emma Thompson Magoffin Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, December 30, 1932

Mrs. Emma Thompson Magoffin, aged 76 years, wife of Mr. Ebenezer Magoffin, died Sunday night at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. W. S. Austin, Knoxville, Tennessee, where she and her husband were spending the winter.  Mrs. Magoffin was a native of this place, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson, member of prominent old pioneer families here.  She made her home in this city until some years ago when Mr. Magoffin accepted a position with the state and they moved to Frankfort, where they have since resided.

Mrs. Magoffin was a woman of exceptional culture and possessed a personality that radiated friendliness and cheer and made her very popular with everyone.  One of her beautiful traits was her love for young people, and her interest in them brought about her many whose years were much less than her own, but who enjoyed her companionship and counsel.  She was devoted to her family and was a loyal and active church woman as long as her health permitted, but her interest never failed even after ill health prevented her from attending services and taking part in the work of the church.

Mrs. Magoffin is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. Austin, and Mr. Beriah Magoffin, of Jacksonville, Florida, who was with his mother for several weeks before her passing.  She also leaves two brothers, Mr. John B. Thompson, who resides in Canada, and Mr. William Thompson, of Kansas City, Missouri, and one sister, Mrs. Beriah Magoffin, of McAlester, Oklahoma, the two sisters having married brothers.  She also leaves a grandson, William Magoffin, Jr.

Several weeks ago Mrs. Magoffin was stricken with influenza which in her state of health rapidly weakened her until the end came Sunday night at 7 o’clock.  After a short funeral service in Knoxville, she was brought to Harrodsburg and a brief service was held Tuesday afternoon at the chapel of Burner and Sims, conducted by her pastor in Frankfort, the Rev. Olaf Anderson, of the Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Rev. T. Hassell Bowen of the Harrodsburg Christian Church.  Burial was in the family lot in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The casket bearers were H. T. Soaper, Gore Moberley, Clarence Pearson, Douglass Curry, Bacon R. Moore, Charles I. Brown, of Frankfort.

A number of friends and relatives from other places were here to attend the funeral, among them being Mrs. Charles Thompson and son, Lieutenant Beriah Magoffin Thompson, of Fort Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown, Miss Dorothy Shackleford, Mrs. Harry Moore, Miss Lockett Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott, Mrs. Sallee, Frankfort; Mrs. J. A. Huguely, Miss Mary Shelby and other from Danville.

Mr. Magoffin, Dr. and Mrs. Austin, who were guests of Mrs. Frank D. Curry while in Harrodsburg, left Tuesday night to return to Knoxville.

Emma Thompson Magoffin, November 4, 1854 – December 25, 1932

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