The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, March 18, 1909
MRS. MARY HAWK died at her residence, 709 East Linden Ave., on Saturday,
March 13, at 4:00 a.m. of pneumonia. Her illness was of but few days
MARY GABRIEL was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, on Sept. 7, 1825. In early
womanhood she married ISAAC HAWK and lived there until in 1870, with her
husband and family she moved to Lucas County, Iowa, settling in Benton
Seventeen years ago death claimed her husband, and she and her devoted
daughter, MISS CIDNA, removed to Chariton and have ever since lived in the
little home where she breathed her last on earth.
Seven years ago she met with a terrible affliction in the loss of her sight,
and in all these years of darkness no word of complaint or repining at her
sad lot crossed her lips, but rather it was no unusual thing to hear her
sweet aged voice raised in songs of praise. It can truthfully he said that
she had not an enemy in the world, and all who knew her can testify that she
has been a lesson in patience to all who came in touch with the sweetness of
her life. At the age of fifteen she united with the M.E. Church and has
always been a loyal Christian woman.
Sister HAWK was ever true to what she deemed to be right, she was a devoted
wife, a loving mother, a true friend. She leaves to mourn her loss a half
sister and half brother, seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and seven
But they sorrow not as those who have no hope; she was ready and waiting for
the change, and could sing as she looked into the grave and beyond it:
"We shall sleep but not forever,
There will be a glorious dawn;
We shall meet to part, no never,
On the resurrection morn."
The children who today mourn the loss of a good mother are: MR. G.W. HAWK,
Berdan, California; MRS. ELIZA WAGONER, Des Moines, Ia.; MRS. ELIZABETH
SPRAGG, Sonora, Ohio; MRS. MARTHA DOUGLASS, MRS. SUSAN SCOTT, MISS CIDNA HAWK, Chariton; and MRS. EVA ARNOLD, Garden Grove, Iowa.
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