Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, January 30, 1901.

Sarah (Showalter) Smith

Died: The very sad and unwelcome news of the death of Mrs. Geo. C. Smith was received here last Wednesday.

Mrs. Smith died at the home of her sister-in-law in Marshall, Mo., while there on a visit. She died on January 18th.

We clip the following from the Marshall Index:

Mrs. Sarah Smith died at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Squier, on Odell avenue, Friday morning at 5:40 o'clock, aged 37 years. Mrs. Smith was born in Ohio in 1863 and was the daughter of Dr. E. and Katherine Showalter.

The deceased left her birthplace with her parents when but a mere child, going to Michigan, where she resided but a short time. Her parents then moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where she was united in marriage with George C. Smith on December 21, 1887. The newly wedded couple located in Barber county, Kansas, where they have since resided.

During the Thanksgiving holidays, Mrs. Smith, with her husband and two little children, came to Marshall to spend the winter with relatives. Mrs. Smith was confined but a short time and her death seems almost unbearable to the broken-hearted husband and children who, by her death, have lost life's greatest blessing - a kind and loving mother, a much devoted wife. She was a most lovable Christian character and her aim in this life has ever been to do things pleasing to her Master.

She leaves a husband and three small children - Ada, aged 12, Georgia, aged 6, and a little babe but four days old. She also leaves a mother, three brothers and a sister, all living in California - to mourn her demise.

The remains were taken to Auxvasse, Callaway county, to be laid to rest beside the husband's father and mother in the Auxvasse church cemetery.

The friends of Mr. Smith, in this county - and they are limited only by population - are pained to learn of his sorrow and great misfortune.

During their four years residence in this city, they endeared themselves to all and everybody regretted when they returned to their farm in Moore township.

And now that fate has decreed a final separation from one who was such a kind friend, all that remains is a fond remembrance of her many virtues among us.

Thanks to Ellen (Knowles) Bisson for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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