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|The Mulhall Enterprise|
|Mulhall, Logan Co., O.T. Saturday May 4, 1895|
This life which, like a mighty river bears on its restless current the varied fortunes of our lives, the joys and sorrows which make up the sum total are as shifting and transitory as the sunbeams and shadows that flat above its surface; and while we reck but little of the present, trend of circumstances that affects the future, the scene suddenly shifts, and all that is left of the inexorable past is the recollection, which as a landmark to memory, connects the different links of our existence, and intermingles our history with the work of time. Well will it be with those, who on passing off the stage of action, can leave a record of usefulness and unselfishness, and an esteem so general as the subject of this sketch: Mrs. Mary Kearns, who passed from this world on the evening of April 16, 1895, at her late residence near Yates, Payne county, Okla.
Mrs. Kearns who maiden name was Hunter was born May 7, 1847, in Randolph, Cattaraugus county, N.Y. Removing to Michigan, she in the 17th year of her age, while a student at Oak Grove Academy, of Medina, that state united with the M.E. church of which she remained a consistent member the rest of her life.
On leaving the Academy she followed the occupation of a teacher, until she was married, November 14, 1868, at Marengo, Iowa, to John Kearns, who, with seven children, survives her. Although ailing for some time she bore her sufferings without a murmur; her first care always being for others. As the end drew near, though unexpected, the valley of the shadow of death had no terrors for her; she expressed herself as willing to go, saying the Savior was very near and very precious to her.
Funeral services were held by Rev. Dawson, a former pastor of the M.E. church of Mulhall, after which the interment took place at the Laurel Hill cemetery, at Ironton.
She has gone to her reward, one of the truest of wives, one of the best of mothers, and one of the sincerest of friends, with which it has pleased God to adorn any home.
Her loss is one that will be deeply felt in the entire community family; being left an orphan at an early age, her sympathy and kindly offices were in an especial manner extended to those bereft of a mother's care. And while her loss is keenly felt, we know that she would say.
"Mourn not, dear friends, for my soul is at rest:
With sinless companions, ever more I am blest;
I have left the chill borders of envy and strife,
To cull the fair flowers by the river of life,
O, sweetly, so sweetly the Savior said come;
And bore me away to his beautiful home,
On earth I have bid you a final adieu,
But in heaven's fair portals I am waiting for you."
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