MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 428
submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007
DEATH OF MRS. MARY A. BURK.
Full of years and honor Mrs. Mary A. Burk was translated from scenes terrestrial, the end coming peacefully and tranquilly at 0:45 o’clock last evening, death being attributable to the infirmities incident to old age. The deceased had been in broken health for a protracted period, but bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, striving to maintain her wonted cheerful disposition to the very last.
Born in Philadelphia on September 18, 1809, Mary Armstrong Parks resided in her natal city a sufficient time to receive an excellent education and then for a number of years lived with her father near Bellefont, Pa., subsequently going to St. Clairsville and Johnstown, Pa., and at the latter place was united in marriage to Daniel Burk in 1848. For ten years they resided there and then coming west located at Wilton, Iowa, where Mr. Burk died 1874. Three years later she moved to Muscatine to reside with her son and here she has lived continuously since that date. She was the last of her family and her death is mourned by her only son, W. D. Burk, of the legal firm of Richman & Burk.
Mrs. B. was a woman of intellectual qualities, always a great reader and ever taking the keenest interest in current matters even in her later years. A gentle, lovable disposition ………. willingness to be helpful ………her to many friends. In early life she joined the Presbyterian church, uniting first with the congregation of Dr. Albert Barnes, the celebrated commentator, at Philadelphia. Hers was a cheerful, helpful, exemplary and Christian life, and the world was the better for her having lived in it. The funeral appointment has not yet been made, though the remains will probably be transported to Wilton for interment beside her husband, on Monday morning.
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