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Mrs. Roy M. McLaughlin, Wife of Well Known Farmer Dies Suddenly While Visiting

Sunday evening the community was shocked by the news of the sudden death of Mrs. Roy M. McLaughlin whose family home is in Irwin township about eight miles north of Protection.

After the dinner hour, Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin and family drove to the home of neighbors and old friends, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Briggs, on the Briggs ranch to spend the afternoon visiting. Mrs. McLaughlin was seemingly in her usual health, which, while not robust of late years was not considered as precarious in any way. Several hours of the afternoon glided away in pleasant converse. When without warning, Mrs. McLaughlin while talking with Mrs. Briggs threw her hands to her head, and pitched out of her chair in a fainting condition. She uttered no word of warning and gave no indication of being ill until she fainted. From the time she was stricken, about at 9:30, following, three hours, she never recovered consciousness.

Dr. Ramey was hurriedly summoned to come to the Briggs' ranch and he was followed by Dr. H. F. Craig as soon as he could be communicated with. But while all was done that could be by the doctors and the tender hands of friends and loved ones, all was to no avail and Mrs. McLaughlin passed into the silent realms of eternity as the clock chimed the half hour after nine.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a pioneer of Comanche and Clark counties. Here she had spent her childhood and girlhood. Here she had married and reared her family. Here were rooted those ties of friendship and kind deed
whose severing makes the heart throbs quicken and loads the soul with its sense of irredeemable loss, not alone to husband and family but to friends and neighbors also.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a woman of more than the average education and culture. Modest and retiring of nature, not seeking the light and frivolous places of life, but seeking those more permanent monuments in the heart of her loved ones and the peace, joy, contentment and happiness of her home and her family. She endeared herself by these virtues, more to be sought than jeweled diadems or scepters of power, to her friends and deep, permitting of but slight alleviation's.

In the late hours of Sunday night, the body was returned from the Briggs ranch to the family home.

The funeral conducted by the Rev. Austin of the Coldwater Methodist church was held from the home at two o'clock, Tuesday, March 21st. and the remains accompanied by a large number of relatives, friends and
neighbors were laid to rest in the Protection cemetery.

Sunday, March 19, 1922 at 9:30 p.m. at the Geo. Briggs ranch north of Protection, occurred the death of Mrs. Roy McLaughlin. Death came with extreme suddenness, as Mrs. McLaughlin had seemed in unusually good health during the day, and had with her husband and children, driven to the Briggs home, for a few hours' visit.

Although, for some years past, Mrs. McLaughlin's health has been impaired, it was not thought to have reached such a critical stage and the report of her death came as a shock to the entire community. A complication of diseases was the immediate cause of death.

February 7, 1883, Julia Carter, was born at Hunnewell, Sumner county, Kansas. At the age of two years, she removed with her parents, to Coldwater, Kansas, where her father engaged in the printing business.
Later they settled in Protection and during the ensuing years they resided for brief periods at Lexington, Kansas; Ashland, Kansas and Beaver City, Oklahoma.

On October 13, 1901, she was united in marriage with Roy M. McLaughlin. They began housekeeping on the farm homesteaded by Mr. McLaughlin's father, located four miles east and one mile north of Protection.

Into this home were born five children; Ethel, Ray, Hubert and Violet, all of whom are at the parental home, and a baby who died in infancy.

Besides her husband and children, she leaves as aged mother, Mrs. E. E. Carter; two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Miles and Mrs. Frances Coles, and three brothers, Will Price and Harry and Grover Carter.

When she answered the final summons, the home was seven miles north and two miles west of Protection.

In her departure, the family have lost a wife and mother of the utmost and untiring devotion; whose going will leave an aching void, in their lives which can never be filled, but a memory of whom will remain a blessing and a guide post to better and higher things.

The neighborhood will be without the inspiration of a good, true woman, and the friends will mourn the loss of one who has been a help and comfort in times of need.
No time for a lst farewell,
No time for the shock of fear, share
Scarcely a moment's halt on the shore
With the guide and the boatman near-
Dear, how surprised you were to go
With little to suffer, little to know.
Only a moment of dark,
A dream of the fleeting night,
And then the beautiful break of day
And the quiet peace of light;
And you found yourself where you longed to stand,
In the repose of the fatherland. - Marianna Farmingham.
Card of Thanks
We wish to take this means of expressing our gratitude and thanks to the friends and neighbors, for their help and many kindly acts and sympathy during the recent bereavement of our beloved wife, mother and sister and
for the beautiful floral offerings. Roy McLaughlin and family, Mrs. E. E. Carter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coles and family, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Carter and family.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

Last Updated:  Wednesday, December 14, 2005 22:21:53

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