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Donaldson, Olive 1890 - 1908


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 10/10/2019 at 11:17:00

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 09 Jan. 1908. Littleport columns.

Again has the dread ___t of death gone forth in our midst and on last Friday morning, just as the gray dawn of another day was blossoming in the east, the slender thread of life was severed for Olive Donaldson, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson, and the home where she had, since her birth, brought sunbeams of life and gladness, was cast into gloom as deep and heartfelt as the throbs of life had been when her birth was announced. Her death was due to what is known in medical parlance as diabetes and her illness extended over the past year or more, and while she was not confined to her bed during any portion of this time her death was not wholly unlooked for by her immediate family, who were intimate with her case. To those who were not her death was a surprise and she had been out of doors and around among her friends the day before she was stricken. Olive Donaldson was born at Colesburg, Nov. 9tth, 1890, making her, at the time of her death, 17 years, 1 month and 25 days old. A genial loving disposition, with a smile which, even in death, had not left her countenance. She was liked by all with whom she came in contact and was a favorite with both old and young. A peculiar characteristic of her home life was her propensity to do all her tasks and all her work in the most exquisite manner and exactness. The family circle, so sadly parted, will never again, in this life, be reunited. There will always be a vacant corner and one chair will forever remain unoccupied. The chain will be forever broken, but the missing link will only bind the tighter those who mourn and will keep hearts and minds turned toward the Great Beyond, where partings shall be no more, forever. Services were held at the family home Sunday forenoon, after which all that was mortal of Olive Donaldson was conveyed to Colesburg, where on Monday burial took place after services at the church. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family in this, their hour of trouble and all trust that "time," the great healer, may, in a measure, fill up the void that now rests with those who are left to mourn.


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