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Mary Eudora Ewing (1917)


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart
Date: 3/6/2011 at 18:25:48

The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, April 25, 1917
Page 1


Mary Eudora Ewing died at the Methodist hospital on Friday morning, April 20th, following a critical operation performed on the preceding Saturday. The trouble which necessitated the operation was one of many years' development, so the operating physician found, making her recovery the more difficult. Her funeral took place in the Presbyterian church on Saturday afternoon with Dr. J. S. Corkey officiating. Chapter AG, P.E.O. of which she had long been a member, attended the services in a body, a ladies' double quartet from its membership furnishing the music.

Miss Ewing was the last of her family. About five years ago, her youngest brother, Dr. Frederick Ewing died, leaving five children. These with a niece in Chicago, the daughter of her sister, Ida Ewing Sanford, are the only relatives remaining. She took great pride in these young people, who were left orphans and rejoicing with them in their success. Her pride in her two nephews was great. Dwight Ewing is professor of chemistry in Michigan State College, while Warren went to India as a student volunteer, remaining five years and returning last fall. He was the only relative who was able to attend Miss Ewing's funeral. One niece, Irene is married; another, Clara, teaches and the youngest Frederick is in school. All of the latter three live in Grimes.

Miss Ewing was the daughter of Rev. John C. Ewing, first pastor of the Presbyterian church here, and as such was honored by the local church and by the general assembly. For her long years of toil as teacher and principal in the Winterset schools, she was best known. Her heart and strength were in her work, which she dearly loved. Her resignation was not accepted until her health no longer permitted her to continue as instructor. Her former pupils are scattered widely and will long remember her diligence, the high moral character of the woman and her genuine interest in her pupils. She often referred to them, whenever honor or success came to them. Her life was one of long sacrifice and the lack of close relatives, brought into her home many loyal friends, who strove to fill as well as they could, the place of kin.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Wednesday, April 25, 1917
Page 3, Column 3

Mary Eudora Ewing

Mary Eudora Ewing was born in Troy, Iowa in 1852. Her father, Rev. John C. Ewing, was one of the leading Presbyterian ministers in the state at that time. He established the Troy Academy which for years was the principal school in that part of the state.

In 1854 Miss Ewing removed to Winterset with her parents. Here Rev. Ewing organized the First Presbyterian church and was its pastor for ten years.

Mary Eudora grew to young womanhood, taught to walk in the way of righteousness by godly parents. She attended the public schools of this city until she was 15 years of age and then went to Jacksonville, Illinois, where she was a faithful student in the Jacksonville seminary until called home by the illness and death of her father.

She then engaged in teaching school and made that her life work until compelled to give it up by a serious nervous breakdown. For a number of years she taught in the country schools, then she was in the public school of Dexter for three years after which she returned to Winterset. Here for 19 years she instructed the children and youth with cheerfulness and fidelity. For a number of years she was principal of the North Ward school. Her former pupils speak of her in the kindest way expressing highest praise for what she did for them.

She was a loving daughter and an affectionate sister, serving each one of the family during illness and suffering until they were called away, one by one, and she was left desolate and alone, the last leaf of the tree. “When all the friends of youth are gone and the strong ties of blood and sympathies are riven one by one T heart deserted and alone desponds in solitude”. So the poet sings but years went by and old friends passed away.

The General Assembly Board of our church put her on the “Honor Roll” because of distinguished services of her father. They presented her with a comfortable pension during the last years of her life.

She united with the church while at Jacksonville, Illinois and brought her letter to the Winterset church in 1869. For over fifty years she has been most faithful to her Christian profession. She was always in her place at the church services and in the prayer meeting unless detained away by ill health. She was always interested in the welfare of the church and gave cheerily of her means and strength for the advancement of the cause. Her life work is over, she has been called to join her loved ones on the other side, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter thou in the joy of thy Lord”.

Coordinator's note: Transcribed as published, her year of birth per her gravestone and the 1900 census is 1849. She appears in the 1850 census as 1 year old.


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