Obit: Benjamin, Mary Elizabeth (1850 - 1931)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 5 Nov 1931

Benjamin, Mary Elizabeth (24 Mar. 1850 - 31 Oct. 1931)

Mary Elizabeth Benjamin died at the A. F. Krepsky home in Colby, where she had been staying with Hattie Krepsky, Saturday morning, Oct. 31st, at six o’clock in the morning, cancer being the cause of her departure to the Great Beyond. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 3rd, 1931, at the Colby M. E. church, Rev. F. M. Blish officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were John Pribnow, Sr., B. A. Hanson, R. A. Baum, R. G. Salter, Wm. Wilde and Carl Holtzhausen.

The deceased was born March 24th, 1850, in Ohio, thus reaching the age of eighty-one years, seven months and seven days. She was married to William Meach Sept. 9, 1866, who passed away on Dec. 23, 1881. She was married a second time to G. T. Benjamin on Nov. 18, 1866, who died Dec. 24, 1925. Two children survive - Elmer Meach of Colby and Mrs. S. R. Smith of Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

The deceased is also survived by one sister, Mrs. L. L. Doolittle of Long Branch, Wash., one brother, Fred Sission of Tacoma, Wash., six grand children and five great grand children.

"God touched him with His finger, he slept," the poet wrote. So may we say of this life - "God touched her with His finger, and she slept," but not until a beautiful life was lived, a noble example of patience, fidelity to truth and faith were given. Not until visions of a heavenly life, in Jesus Christ, had cheered and illuminated the valley of the shadow. And now, that she sleeps, memory takes up the harp of life, smiting the strings finds that her virtues melt into music. So it ever is, when a life is nobly and divinely lived.



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