Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, February 1, 1899.

Mary Margaret Doran

Died: Mary Margaret Doran, the little girl and younger child of Thomas M. and Ethel A. Doran, died in this city last Wednesday, January 25, 1899, at 10 o'clock a.m., after a brief illness of less than twelve hours. She was five years, 8 months and 3 days old.

Little Margaret accompanied her papa with the remains of his mother from Woodward on Friday and left home a healthy, hopeful, cheerful little girl. She complained a little on Monday evening and Tuesday but was not noticeably sick until the latter part of Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning she was seized with convulsions and in a few hours her soul was with the angels in heaven.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon and the lifeless body of the pure and beautiful little girl that for nearly six years had been the source of so much gladness and sunshine to the Doran home was impressively laid to rest in Highland cemetery by the side of the dear mother and grandmother who had preceded only a week before.

The ceremonies were pathetic and sublime. Rev. Hayes made a fitting address before the remains left the house. The Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen, of which the sorrowing father is a member, marched to and from the grave in a body and in simple ceremonies paid a fitting respect to those who mourn an irreparable loss. Three little girls and three little boys marched on either side of the hearse to the graveyard and the procession was large and the sight imposing. The little girls were chosen as pallbearers.

Little Margaret was born in this city and nearly everybody knew her. The parting is sad to all but the grief of the fond parents is sacred. The mother's sorrow is intensified on account of her absence during the short sickness and the shock which she must have endured upon receiving the news of the sudden death admits no description and excites the tenderest sympathy. Another jewel has been consigned to mother earth; another flower has faded away.

In their double affliction, Mr. and Mrs. Doran will be comforted as much as lies within the power of their numerous sympathizing friends.

Margaret Doran, grandmother of Mary Margaret Doran.

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