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Mary Jane Shewmaker Obituary


from The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Wednesday, April 29, 1896

Miss Mary Jane Shewmaker died Monday morning, April 27, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Shewmaker, of this place.  Just one week from the day of her death she was afflicted with a hemorrhage from the lungs and a re-occurrence caused almost instant death.  No other death, in this place, has caused more general sorrow, for the deceased was truly lovable and beloved by all that new her – none knew her but to love her, none named her but to praise.  In her early girlhood she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and was a conscientious, earnest and devoted Christian.  She met death without fear or a shudder, and though in the prime of her early womanhood, just past her majority, she was resigned.  She told one of her nearest and best neighbors, Rev. John Deering, Sunday, that she was in the hands of the good Lord and could say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.”  she leaves a grief-sticken mother and a brother, Rev. W. O. Shewmaker, of Jackson, who certainly have the deepest sympathy of a host of friends.  Expressions of sympathy, at a time like this, seem like mockery; still there is much that is sweet and pleasant in this cup of bitterness, much in the memory of the dear departed to deaden the pangs of bereavement, which like the roses on her casket, can rob the grave of its ghastliness, while above all else, remains that unspeakably blessed assurance that her death was simply a summons to a brighter and a happier world, and that when “absent from the body, she was present with her Lord.”

The funeral was conducted, yesterday afternoon, at her late home by Rev. John R. Deering and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The pall-bearers were Messrs., Howard Davis, Ed Polk, Owen Mann, McClelland Adams, John and Charles Pearson and William Ferguson.

Mary J. Shewmaker, died April 26, 1896

Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

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