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Mary Blakie Moore Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, March 15, 1906

Friday morning about 10 o’clock Mrs. Mary E. Moore passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. DeBaun, at Cornishville.  The remains were brought here Sunday morning and interred in Spring Hill Cemetery, after a brief service at the grave.  In the absence of the Episcopal rector, Rev. H. E. Spears, the service was conducted by Dr. M. G. Buckner.  The pall-bearers were her three grandsons, Messrs. Wes Wheeler, A. T. and Merrill Williams, Colonel Ben Lee Hardin, Judge T. M. Cardwell and Mr. W. K. Cardwell.  Mrs. Moore was one of the best known and best loved women in the county.  She was a daughter of Major William Blakie, of Palmyra, Missouri, and was first married to Honorable William H. Taylor, of this place, then conspicuous in western politics.  Some years after his death she married Dr. Thomas J. Moore, a leading physician here and a Master Mason, prominent in the order in the state.  Later they moved to Cornishville, where Mrs. Moore has since resided.  She was a woman of unusually brilliant intellect and education and has probably brought more money into that section of the county than any other one person by successfully adjusting pension claims.  Combined with a remarkably attractive personality, she possessed rare mental gifts and a nobility of character that made her influence deeply felt in the community in which she lived.  She had been an invalid for six years, but in cheerfulness and silence, and her life was devoted to charity and the good she could do for others.  At her death many floral tributes testified to the love and esteem in which she was held.  She leaves three children, Mrs. J. B. Williams, Mrs. W. H. DeBaun and Mr. R. A. Taylor, and one sister, Mrs. L. A. Benson, of St. Louis.

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