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COPLEY, Mary 1870-1912


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/21/2015 at 16:19:38

Sudden Death Of Mrs. Copley

Death Resulted From Pneumonia

Was Sick But Few Days

Mrs. Thomas Copely died about 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon of pneumonia. Her death was risen after a brief illness with pneumonia. Her death was very sudden and unexpected. She had been sick but a few days and it was not generally known that she was ailing. Her daughter, Nina, had been sick with the same complaint, but is now much better. Mrs. Copely had been caring for her daughter during the latter's sickness and in doing so it is presumed that she contracted a cold that developed rapidly into pneumonia of a serious type and which came to such a sudden and fatal ending.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Dye and Rev. Krome were held at the Presbyterian church at Morrison Sunday. The church was not large enough to accommodate half of the bereaved friends who were in attendance at the funeral.

Mary Miller Copley was born in Scott County, Iowa, on January 23, 1870. She came to Grundy Center, with her parents in 1883, and her girlhood was spent in this vicinity.

Following her marriage to T. W. Copley which occurred June 6, 1894, she lived for a few years at Davenport, Iowa, but later the family returned to this county where they have since resided.

The above is the brief record of a life well spent.

"He lives long who lived well" and while none lived better than Mary Copley, still were the days allotted to her far too few and short for those who knew her best, yet long enough to leave to them beautiful memories of her, a priceless heritage for their comfort and emulation.

Besides the sorrowing husband, six children are left to keenly feel the loss of a kind and devoted mother, but with them is left a record of a brave, honest, unassuming and unselfish life.

The children are Wava, Etta, Ruth, Virgil, Nina and Miller. Her mother, and one brother and six sisters also survive, all of whom were present for the funeral as were also Mr. Copley's brothers and sisters.

The sisters are Mrs. Walter Miller, Mrs. James Mooty, Mrs. Tom Mooty, Mrs. John Copley and Mrs. M. L. Hostetter all of this county and Mrs. J. H. Long from Quinter, Kansas. The brother is James Miller of Reinbeck.

No words can so well convey the beauty and nobility of her character and her true moral worth as does the little message to each of her loved ones, as she realized that she was leaving them, when she simply said "Be Good."

Her memory will ever be cherished by those who were fortunate enough to know her and although she has left us, her influence is here and will always remain.

"Such deaths a like the broken alabaster box that held the precious ointments. Ne'er again shall it be gathered to its comely shape. But the spilt perfume throughout the house yields up perpetual fragrance and the hearts that clustered round it have themselves become purer and sweeter for the sacrifice."

--The Grundy Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 March 1912, pg 1


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