PEPPERMAN, Georgianna 1849-1926
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/31/2015 at 21:24:55
End Comes For Mrs. J. W. Pepperman
Invalid of Many Years Passed Away Last Thursday Night
"Or ever the silver cord be broken,
Or the golden bowl be broken,
Or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
Or the wheel broken at the cistern"
The advent of death is always impressive. Although the inevitable fate of every mortal, it never comes without forcibly attracting attention from all those who are closely attached to the one who receives the summons. In a small community where the personality of each individual is so closely intertwined with the life of the whole people, the sudden rending of these ties by death brings to everyone a feeling of real sorrow and of great loss.
So the announcement coming late Thursday night of the death of Mrs. Georgianna Pepperman, beloved wife of J. W. Pepperman, and the mother of Mrs. Maude Halden of Grundy Center, and Mrs. Edna Gaffey of Cedar Rapids, affected the people of this community something after the manner described in the above.
The end came not unexpectedly, for the deceased had been confined to her bed for a period of fully six months. Funeral services were held from the home and also from the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Dr. Chambers, her pastor, and interment made at eventide in the beautiful cemetery at Conrad, which place had been her home for many years prior to the family coming to Grundy Center.
Those present from a distance were Mrs. Edna Gaffey, of Cedar Rapids, a daughter, and her husband, Dr. Gaffey; Mrs. Elizabeth Frederick, an only sister, of Conrad; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Frederick, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Frederick and their daughter, DeVee; Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Frederick, Mr. and Mrs. R. Frederick, Mr. and Mrs. E. Thorman and their daughter, Ruth Ann, and Mrs. Harrison Alexander, all of Conrad, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Davis and Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Ries, of Gilmore City, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Hilker, of Hubbard.
Mrs. Pepperman was born at Wilkes Barre, Pa., January 6th, 1849, and came west to Lanark, Ill., in 1870, and November 23rd, 1875, she was married to Jacob Pepperman. Coming to Iowa, they commenced housekeeping at Union. In 1880 they came to Conrad, where they made their home until 1899, when they removed to Grundy Center where they have made their home since. Two daughters, Maud, now Mrs. Wm. Halden of this city, and Edna, now Mrs. Gaffey, of Cedar Rapids, together with the husband and father, Jacob Pepperman, with other relatives and a host of close friends are left to mourn, to watch and to await the hour when
"Into its furrows shall we all be cast
In the sure faith that we shall rise again
At the great harvest, when the arch-angel's blast
Shall winnow, like a fan, the chaff and grain."
Mrs. Pepperman was a type of character whose absence will be felt greatly, particularly by those who knew her intimately. Although afflicted during the past five years, preventing her from mingling among her friends of former years, still in the midst of her affliction she possessed the cheery disposition, the sunny smile and the humorous viewpoint. It was always a pleasure to be in her company. All that tender care could do to lighten the burden of her affliction was done by the members of the family. About eleven-thirty o'clock on Thursday night, surrounded by her husband, her daughter and a few close friends of the immediate family, without the semblance of a struggle or any outward evidence of pain, her eyelids closed gently, her breath softened and the ransomed spirit was at last home with God. --H.C.C.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 9 September 1926, pg 1
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