Barber County Kansas
Erie Blanche Matthews, wife of William C. Matthews, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Trotter in this city on January 9, 1903, after suffering acute disease exactly one year.
She was born in Platt county, Illinois, December 5, 1875. Her age was 27 years, 1 month and four days.
She was united in marriage with William C. Matthews February 14, 1892, and five children were born to the union, of whom three are living - a small boy and girl and a baby girl about seven months old. Besides the husband and children, she leaves a father and mother, two brothers, two sisters an uncle and a grandfather.
Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. J. Griffin officiated.
The Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows lodges attended the funeral in a body in honor to Mr. Matthews who is an esteemed member of each.
It seems hard to part with those we love and it seems doubly sad when one is taken in the prime of life leaving a family to mourn, but death is inevitable and uncompromising and we all must sometime pass through its dense shadows. The departed one was a consistent christian, a most estimable lady who won the love of all of her associates. Her last days were patient, peaceful and blessed.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthews were formerly citizens of Barber county but in recent years have resided in Woods county, Oklahoma. The husband has many friends in both counties who extend to him sincerest heartfelt sympathy.
Card of Thanks
We desire to extend our deepest gratitude to all who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and in the death of our beloved wife and daughter. We also extend thanks to the lodges that tendered their sympathy and respect on this sad occasion.
W. C. Matthews.
A. J. Trotter and family.
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