The Work of Death

Obituaries have always been a way for family and friends to share their remembrances of those who have passed away. Below are excerpts that I found interesting, pulled from the memorials of three Maryland ladies, each in a different stage in her life:

Celia A. Ricards, age 23 (1865)
“Celia was a sweet girl, having polished manners and thorough education, combined with the advantages secured by refined association and travel in foreign lands. With everything to make life pleasant and attractive — affliction seized upon her.”

Caroline L. Onion, age 36 (1844)
“She met her end with the composure and resignation of a true Christian. May she rest in peace.”

Anna M. Fenby, age 73 (1900)
“Her husband, who was over 80 years of age, died only last Thursday, and as Mrs. Fenby closed his eyes, she said: ‘Now my life work is over.’ She declined rapidly and her death was sudden. She was one of the most estimable ladies of Carroll county [sic]. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Sprigg Jones and Susanna Trotton Jones, of Baltimore county, and a granddaughter of Judge Thomas Jones, of the first Court of Appeals of Maryland. Philip Jones, who surveyed and laid out ‘Baltimore Town’ was her great-grandfather. Her father was one of the ‘Old Defenders’ [those who fought against the British in the War of 1812] of Baltimore.”

Sources: Baltimore Sun, March 7, 1844 and April 26, 1900; Cecil Whig, March 4, 1865

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