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THE WESTERN STAR, 16 April 1898

A Sad Death - One of the Teachers in the Schools - A Well Known and Promising Life Cut Short.

The death of Miss Augusta M. Gibson, which occurred at her boarding residence in this city, at 3:40 o'clock Tuesday evening, April 12, was sudden and unexpected and was a shock to the community. The burden of grief that has fallen upon her father and mother who idolized her, cannot be told, and the sorrow of her friends and relatives is too profound for public mention.

A week before her death she was in the full vigor of health with life stretching out before her in all its varied promises and joys, but now her happy face will be seen no more. She was the teacher in the primary room of Coldwater's city schools and was loved by her pupils as only little tots from 6 to 10 years old can love a teacher. On Wednesday of last week she felt indisposed and took to her bed at Mrs. Stafford's residence and another teacher took her place temporarily. It was thought by all her friends, her sickness was only temporary and a case of la grippe. Last Saturday her mother came up from Protection, and she seemed
to grow better under the doctor's care, and all the while her friends and little scholars flocked to see her. Monday her father visited her and it was thought she was much better, and he returned home. But at six
o'clock on the same evening she was taken much worse, and it was not until Tuesday morning that fears were entertained for her recovery.

But from the time of her relapse, she begun to sink rapidly and in the afternoon of Tuesday, about the time her school was dismissed for the day, she sank to rest, surrounded by her mother and a few friends. There
has been some question as to the immediate and sudden cause of her death, but the doctors in attendance believe it was from internal hemorrhage, or the bursting of an abscess.

Augusta M. Gibson was born in Marshall county, West Virginia, Aug. 23, 1870, and died at the age of 27 years, 7 months and 19 days. She was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Gibson, of Protection, and she with her parents have resided at Protection since the early settlement of the county - some 12 or 13 years. At the age of 7 years, she professed conversion and at the age of 11 united with the M. E. church. It is not for us to say that she was a Christian - but we verily believe that if there are any true Christians in the community that she would come as near bearing the title as any one we know. Always cheerful and happy, she dispensed the sweet savor to all around her. Pure and irreproachable
in character, tender, gentle and loving in her family relations and kind and considerate to all whom she came in contact, was the nature of this young woman, and it is no wonder that she numbered her friends by the
score. She was an earnest worker in the church and Sabbath school. She had been a teacher in the public schools for some years in the county and was among the few that held first grade certificates. She was but recently appointed by the commissioners as a member of the board of examiners of the county.

Thus it is, that death with his keen sickle, cuts down those who are young with every prospect of happiness before them as well as the old who have finished the race. Young, enthusiastic and strong, no one would
have believed that she would be called so soon. She died as she had lived, smiling, with no cloud, no word, save that of encouragement and peace. The community mourns her untimely death and extends condolence to
her grief stricken father and mother who have been robbed of the sunbeam of their old age.

The Coldwater schools closed Wednesday in respect to the memory of the deceased and the late teacher's pupils, about 40 in number, marched to the church to take a last look at their departed instructor. It was a
touching spectacle and tribute.

The funeral ceremonies were conducted at the M. E. church at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. C. M. Gray pronouncing an eloquent funeral sermon to a church full of sorrowing friends. The remains were
followed to the city cemetery by a long cortege of vehicles full of people to witness the last ceremonies of respect to the dead.

"For life is so burdened with trouble and pain,
With sorrows, and sin and temptation,
And those, whom the Master loves dearest of all,
He blesses with early translation,
He keeps them so guarded, so sheltered from harm,
Secure from all shadow of sadness,
No tumult on earth in the days that shall come,
Can touch them or lessen their gladness."
Card of Thanks.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to our many friends, who have been so kind and indefatigable in their attendance through the illness and death of our dear daughter, Augusta.
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Gibson.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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