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Mary Elizabeth Golden (1849-1927)


Posted By: Carl Malone (email)
Date: 6/21/2017 at 12:25:16

The Adams County Union-Republican
Corning, Iowa
January 19, 1927

Died in Creston.

Another of Corning’s highly respected residents passed from this life in Creston Monday, January 17, 1927, and it was with sadness that friends received the message that Miss Mary Elizabeth Golden had departed this life at about 6:00 o’clock. Miss Golden had the misfortune to slip on the linoleum on the kitchen floor in her home in Corning Thursday, January 6th, and fell in such a manner as to sustain a broken hip. She was taken to the Greater Community hospital where she received every possible attention until the end came. The body was brought to the Corning home Monday evening and funeral services were held this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock, in the Methodist church of which Miss Golden was a charter member. The services were conducted by Rev. E. B. [Menoher], and the body was laid to rest in Walnut Grove cemetery.

Miss Mary Elizabeth Golden, daughter of James and Jane Hunt Golden, was born in Burlington, Iowa, January 24, 1849, Her father was a native of Pennsylvania and her mother of Indiana. Miss Golden came to Corning in 1864, three years before the railroad reached this community. She joined the Methodist Episcopal church when 17 years of age and she was a loyal christian. She was a noble lady, with a very kindly disposition, always greeting her friends with a cheery smile. She was admired by those who knew her and will be greatly missed by the many friends she had made during her long residence here. She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Chas. Day, of Atlantic; Landon Day of Oregon; Miss Letitia Day, with whom she made her home in Corning; Mrs. Katie E. Baker, of Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Sara Roberts, Miss Ella Day and Edwin Day, of Kansas City. The memory of this good lady will long be cherished by her loved ones and friends.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. Katie Baker and daughter, Mrs. Florence Dickinson, both of Springfield, Mo. and Chas. Day, of Atlantic.

The Adams County Free Press
Corning, Iowa
January 21, 1927


With the passing of Mary Golden, Corning has again been called upon to sorrow for one who has been associated with the early history of the town, one who came her in the early sixties and who has watched the changes and developments in the town since long before the railroad came through. It seems almost a sacrifice to say we sorrow for one who came so beautifully to the sunset of life, one who shed nothing but sunshine in her path, for all who knew her must know that the spirit of this splendid woman would want her memory to bring nothing but happiness. And yet those who have loved her so long and tenderly cannot help but feel the lonliness [loneliness] of the hours which must come with the laying away of the body so dear to many.

While the injuries Miss Golden received when she fell a short time ago did not seem serious, yet she seemed to be recovering nicely. Only last Sunday the attending physician pronounced her condition good. Monday all day she had been so cheerful and joked with the nurse, who was preparing her for bed, only a few moments before her death. Very suddenly the nurse noticed a change and almost immediately the soul of Corning’s beloved Mary Golden took its departure from the pain racked body.

Mary Golden, daughter of Jane and James Golden, was born January 24, 1849 and died January 17, 1927 in a hospital in Creston where she had been for twelve days following a fall she received. Miss Golden was 77 years, 11 months and 23 days old at the time of her death. She was fifteen years old when she came here and has lived here ever since. She with her sister, Miss Letitia Day have lived together in their comfortable little home in west Corning for forty-five years and have endeared themselves to those about them by the beauty of their home life and the great devotion of the two. The only thought which brought sadness to Miss Golden while in the hospital was the fact that she left Letitia at home with the burden of the house.

Miss Golden was a charter member of the M. E. church having gone into it almost sixty-one years ago. She has been a faithful member. Seldom has she missed being in her place at the Sunday morning service and at the Sunday school. Her cheerful happy disposition was a part of her Christian faith and belief and she always had a happy smile and a joke ready for everyone no matter how dark things might look.

She is survived by her sister, Letitia Day who has been her companion nearly all her life and who is left alone in the little house which the have shared so long. Other brothers and sisters, who survive are Edwin Day, Mrs. Sara Roberts and Miss Ella Day of Kansas City; Katie E. Baker of Springfield, Missouri and Charles A. Day of Atlantic. Her father passed away when she was quite young and the mother in 1914 [1915].

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Methodist church.


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