Mason, Sarah Jane Smith

Submitted by Janita Mason Ponze on Mon, 07/26/2010 - 00:19

Obituary, Mercer Dispatch, Friday March 3, 1910, p. 4
Mrs. S.R. Mason died at the family home on North Pitt street Tuesday evening of pneumonia, aged 83 years. She had been suffering from the disease several days and her condition was known to be critical, but in spite of this fact the news that she had passed away was received with deepest sorrow by every resident of the community. She was one of the oldest native residents of Mercer and practically her entire life was spent here. Her maiden name was Sarah J. Smith and she was a daughter of Joseph Smith, one of the town's pioneer citizens and one of the charter members and original ruling elders of the First Persbyterian church. In 1853 she married Mr. Mason, who survives her with the following children: Mrs. Mary M. Bowser and Dr. W.C. Mason, of Mercer; Miss Jennie A., at home, and Samuel R. of Portland, Oregon. Three other chiilden, Elizabeth, wife of the late H.H. Zeigler; Robert and Joseph preceeded her to the grave. Mrs. Mason was a woman of most estimable character and pleasing traits. She was a devoted wife and mother and found her greatest happiness in her home, but she took a deep interest in those about her which endeared her to a large circle of friends, while her gentle and kindly nature and consideration for others won her the respect of all who knew her. She was an earnest Christian and since childhood had been a member of the First Presbyterian church which her father helped to organize and of which her brother, the late Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Smith, was one of the early pastors. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock and internment will be private.

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