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THE WESTERN STAR, 27 September 1890
DIED - On Friday, September 19th, 1890, Gratia Maud, the first child of Charles O. and Cora Blake, aged 4 years and 10 months.

By this sad event loving parents were robbed of their dearest treasure, a happy home darkened by its saddest loss and a loving, happy child taken from the morning of life to the day of eternity.

In little Gratia fond parents found the center of their affections, the source of their joy. Gifted by nature with rare beauty of person, a vivacious, temperament and a vivid, childish fancy she was bright and welcome everywhere. The home seemed to expand with her presence and gloom faded before her coming. Observant, appreciative beyond her years, earnest and sympathetic, her presence was not alone entertainment ___ help and comfort.

There was something in her actions singularly winning and attractive and the grief of scores of her little friends tell how many felt and yielded to her cordial, affectionate manner. So natural and unaffected was her
every act that all who saw her liked her and all who came to know her loved her; and by her loss is void not alone in the home she filled and brightened, but in the heart of every one made happy by her acquaintance. It seems hard that one so fondly loved should be lost to
us forever, but we are comforted in the knowledge that she knows the joys of heaven ere she had tasted the sorrows of earth. God in his graciousness let her come and stay and it is sweet that in His Wisdom he should take her away. We extend to the grief stricken family our sincere heartfelt sympathy and encourage them to bear with their tears here that they may listen for her songs there. The present is darkened by her absence and the future clouded by your tears but a consciousness of her happiness and that she watches and waits will strengthen in hours of weariness and assist in moments of faltering and doubt.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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