Obit: Tucker, Mary F. (1837 - 1902)

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----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 01/16/1902

Tucker, Mary F. (1837 - 14 JAN 1902)

Mrs. Mary F. Tucker died at her home on Court St. (Neillsville, Clark County) early Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, 1902. About two weeks ago she was taken with pneumonia which had apparently run a favorable course, and the patient seemed on the road to recovery, when on Tuesday afternoon she became suddenly worse, dying the following morning. Last fall Mrs. Tucker moved to Neillsville from Omro, Wis., to reside with her son, Atty. F.T. Tucker, and during her residence here has, though quiet and retiring in her ways, won the warm friendship of her neighbors. She was a lady of Education and refinement and possessed rare literary talent, being a writer of both prose and verse from girlhood. In early life her poems appeared in the National Era, Saturday Evening Post, and other journals, and a number of these have been selected, and with a biographical sketch, published in a volume of verse, by D. Lothrop Co. In later years her writings have become familiar to the school children of Wisconsin, by her contribution to the Wisconsin Arbor Day selections. Her early poems "Cometh a Blessing Down," "Indian Summer," "A Picture" and others were widely published.

Mrs. Tucker, whose maiden name was Mary Frances Tyler, was born in Michigan in 1837. In 1856 she was married to Dr. E.L. Tucker, who practiced at Macon, Mich., until the war broke out, when he went to the front as lieutenant of the Fourth Mich. Calvary. He died at Chattanooga, Oct. 5th, 1863, leaving his young wife a widow, with three young children to support. One daughter died at Omro the other, Miss Grace Tucker and her son Frank T. Tucker, survive her. The funeral will be held at the house, Friday afternoon at 2:30.



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