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EWING, Anna G. 1844 - 1884


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 11/21/2021 at 16:37:53

"The Fairfield Tribune"
Wednesday, September 11, 1884
Page 3, Column 1


... Mrs. EWING, wife of Dr. EWING, of the college, has been lying in a comatose condition for several days, and her life now hangs by the slenderest thread. ...


"The Fairfield Tribune"
Wednesday, September 18, 1884
Page 3, Column 3

The death of Mrs. Anna GRAHAM EWING, wife of Rev. Dr. Thomas D. EWING, president of Parsons College, occurred at her home in this city last Friday. Her death was the ending of long months of suffering, during which life ebbed and flowed alternately until the last struggle could be no longer kept up, and life on earth at last went out. Of a delicate constitution, Mrs. EWING was never strong at best, but since some time last January, when she received a serious injury, she has gradually failed in health and vigor, until death came to release her spirit from the pains of the mortal body. A week before her death it was thought she might yet recover. Suddenly and without warning she became worse and continued to remain in a semi-conscious or wholly comatose condition until the day before her death when she again suddenly became slightly better; but this was only temporary, and Friday came the end. Mrs. EWING was born at Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pa., and spent the early years of life and until she was married at that place. She was married to Thomas D. EWING, then the pastor of the Presbytrian (sic) church at Kittanning, Pa., in June, 1867 and at that place she lived until with her husband she removed here in 1890. She was forty years old. Four children, the youngest seven years old, the eldest fifteen, and a most devoted and tender husband, are left to mourn their great loss. She was a woman of the most beautiful character, full of the gentlest and sweetest graces that adorn humanity, and her life is attested to by every one as having been fragrant with good deeds. We let her fair life be told of in better words than ours by the Rev. J. R. Wilson, in the impressive words spoken by him at the funeral service:

One has gone from us in the midst of her years: the time allotted to man scarcely half lived out. A character of no ordinary grace and accomplishment has left her place on earth. The life was not lived out to the full, but it was lived out beautifully and well. Short as it was, it was marked by real Christian achievements. In every one of the various spheres in which she moved she has left her impress, and the fruits of her thoughtful work. Other hearts far away are sorrowing with ours to-day. They are of those among whom she spent the earlier years of her womanhood. They by whom she was largely known as daughter, sife, sister, mother, and friend and worker in Christ's kingdom. They, too, could bear testimony to the gentle life she lived and of the noble works she did. To the swift messages of her death they have already sent back their testimony of how deeply her life had taken hold upon them. And others there are, in this land and in other lands, who would gladly join us in the sentiments of this hour if they had known that the blessings which made them glad were under God due to her. The story of her life here and in yonder earlier home, and of the still earlier home of her childhood, is made up and the volume closed. There is much within that would be profitable for us to read: much to instruct and perhaps to shame those of us who are permitted to do our work with painless bodies and undiminished vigor, much to cheer and strengthen those who like her spend their lives and do their work in the face of serious painful obstacles. To those near her who knew her well and loved her tenderly, the opening and re-reading of this sacred volume of her memory will often be the work of fondness and affection. May God in his infinite grace comfort their hearts as they read, at first, as it will be in sorrow and great heaviness, until they shall feel the great weight lifted and their hearts rise into the clear and comforting vision of God's wisdom and love.

Many of us already know that Mrs. EWING lived and did her work in the face of often recurring weakness, pain, serious apprehension, and we all know how her life slowly ebbed away through months of prostration and painful suffering. Yet her grasp of the good hope of the gospel of Jesus was never relaxed; unfaltering was her testimony to the goodness of God. One of her last conscious expressions on earth, was the gleam of joyous satisfaction that shone from her eyes as the words of the sweet promises of the savior fell upon her still sensitive ears.

Gone from such a scene of suffering unto the realization of her hopes we may well believe that she would now, if permitted, add her testimony to that of the suffering Apostle and certify, as who doubts, out of her heavenly experience that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory and that "our light affliction which is but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

The funeral occured Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Wilson, assisted by others of the college and of the city. The funeral was largely attended, the students, faculty and trustees in the city attending in a body.


"The Fairfield Tribune"
Thursday, September 25, 1884
Page 2, Columns 4 and 5

Marriages, Births and Deaths.

... DIED.

... In Fairfield, Sept. 12, of uraemia, Mrs. Anna G. EWING, aged 40 years and eight months.


"The Fairfield Tribune"
Thursday, September 25, 1884
Page 3, Column 2

At a recent meeting of the "Chautauqua Circle" the following resolutions were unanimously accepted:

Whereas, After a long and painful illness, our friend and associate, Mrs. T. D. EWING, has entered eternal rest, therefore

Resolved, That the members of this society feel a deep sense of their loss, and sincerely lament the death of one who was a genial friend, a warm advocate of education, religion and truth, and as a co-worker with us, has, with more than ordinary ability, led us in these pleasant Chautauqua meetings.

Resolved, That as a fitting tribute to the memory of our departed companion, we express our profound sorrow and sympathy with the bereaved family in this time of their deep grief.

Resolved, That as an expression of respect a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family of the deceased and entered upon the records of this society.

Sarah J. Risk, Pres't.
Juliet H. Stever, Sec'y.

(same publication and page, but Column 3 -- )


Resolutions by the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian church at Fairfield Iowa:

Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly Father to remove from our number Mrs. Anna G. EWING, wife of our beloved pastor, Rev. T. D. EWING D.D.,

Resolved, That we have by her death been deprived of an able and efficient leader and co-laborer in the cause of missions--that while we feel deeply bereaved by our loss we know our loss to be her gain.

Resolved, That we would reverently bow to the will of God, assured that He who maketh "all things work together for good to them that love him" will sanctify this affliction to our greater devotion to the cause which so deeply interested her heart.

Resolved, That while we cherish her memory as a loved friend and helper, we would not forget the lessons taught us by her faithful life, her fervent prayers and earnest devotion to Christian work.

Resolved, That we extend to her bereaved husband a children, mother and brother our heartfelt sympathies in their loneliness and sorrow.

Mrs. A. M. Wilson,
Miss Mary McAllister,
Miss Anna Keer,

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Note: Buried in Lot Old.P.264. Husband Thomas died in 1905 and was buried with her.


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