Barber County Kansas
The Medicine Lodge Cresset, April 23, 1885.
On Saturday evening at about half past nine o'clock occurred the death of an estimable lady, the wife of our esteemed fellow townsman and friend E. M. Byerly.
Mrs. Byerly had been ill for some time in rather feeble health, but up to less than a week previous to death seemed no worse than usual, and at the church festival which occurred one week ago last Thursday evening she worked hard during the entire evening and by the exertion this evening no doubt her death was hastened. On Monday she took to her bed and continued to grow steadily worse until her death.
Mrs. Byerly, at the time of her death was thirty-six years of age. She was born in Ohio. When a young lady of 16 or 17 years of age, she came to Fairfield, Iowa, and made her home with her uncle, Rev. A. Axline. It was here that she met her husband, with whom she has lived in happy wedlock for the past fourteen years. To them four children have been born, three of whom, Cora, Willie and little Blanch are left without a mother's care and one of whom has preceded that mother to the tomb.
An eloquent and touching funeral discourse was preached at the Presbyterian church on Monday by the Rev. Gillam, and after the service a large and sympathetic company followed the remains to the grave.
For the dead in this case no apologies are needed, the simple truth is the highest praise. She was an industrious wife, a kind mother, and obliging neighbor, which qualities make her loss felt the more keenly.
The wounds of grief can only be healed by the salve of time. As the seasons roll their changes by and the wild flowers come to grace the lowly resting place, the bitterness of the parting, the loneliness which now fills the husband's heart and home will give place to tender and pleasant memories of the departed.
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