Obituary Details

Mary Isabella Harlan

(06/29/1860 - 12/07/1932)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 12/08/1932

Mrs. Harlan Passes Away Wed. Night

Well-Know Teacher Succumbs to Fall Received Recently

Mrs. Mary I. Harlan, aged 72, passed away at the Manring Convalescent Home Wednesday night at 10:30, after a lingering illness caused from the effects of a fall in which she fractured her hip several months ago.

Mrs. Harlan moved to Lusk from Jireh several years ago and up until the time she was hurt lived alone, as she has no immediate relatives.

No definite funeral arrangements have been made as yet, although the services will be held in the Baptist church, of which she was a member, and the arrangements are in charge of the Peet Mortuary.

The following obituary was sent to The Herald by Mrs. Ella Watson, a friend for many years:

Mary Donaghu was born in Bureau County, Illinois, June 29, 1860.

At the age of 21 she married Ira Harlan, and accompanied him to the many points in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, where he had ministerial work, she generally teaching at the same time.

In 1909 they came to Jireh and homesteaded, but in October of that year Mr. Harlan died. Mrs. Harlan continued to teach for some time but the shock of the tragic death of her foster daughter, and the result of a fall which injured her head, made her for eight years a partial invalid.

As she became more frail she came to dwell more and more in a land of happy imaginings and the tender services of the many wonderful friends she made wherever she was were accepted as joyously as a child--just as in her years of prosperity she had lavished her earnings upon others.

A life-long member of the Christian Church until her removal to Lusk, where she transferred her membership to the Baptist Church, religion was with her, not a thing apart--it was her whole being, her hourly business.

She had a wonderful capacity for winning the friendship of children, and always delighted in having groups of them in her home.

"And I think of the little children
She has taken by the hand
Will be the first to greet her
When she reaches Heaven's strand."

She is survived by only a sister, Miss Rose Donaghu, of Whittier, Cal., and a niece, Mrs. Edith Dixon, of Nevada.

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