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Mary Elmira McGirr Dies 1912
Posted by: Sara Richendollar (ID *****4057) Date: May 13, 2002 at 13:31:20
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Mrs. Thomas H. Lyons

       Mrs. Mary Elmira Lyons, wife of Captain Thomas H. Lyons, of Bedford, passed away at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, August 26, 1912. Mrs. Lyons was a daughter of dr. John E. and Bridget Hayen McGirr, and was born at Hollidaysburg, March 7, 1845. She was married to Captain Thomas H. Lyons in 1879, and is survived by her son, Nicholas, and the following sisters and brother: Miss Anne and Miss Cora McGirr, of Bedford, and sisters Camellias and Delores, of the Sisters of Mercy, and Frank C. McGirr, Esq., of Pittsburgh.
       The funeral was held Wednesday morning, August 28, at 9 o'clock, in St. Thomas Catholic Church, when her pastor, Rev. Father Downes, delivered an impressive sermon. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the old Catholic Cemetery.
       Mrs. Lyons was held in respect and affection by all who knew her. She possessed strong character and was a loyal friend and kind neighbor.
       These words of comfort came from Mercy Hospital in a letter to the folks at home: "Mary thanks God and everybody for all the care and the many spiritual helps she has had here. Her sweet, gentle spirit never complains, but she has a smile for everyone who comes in, even if she cannot speak to them."
       That is a good mental photograph of the brave little woman who has That is a good mental photograph of the brave little woman who has passed peacefully away. She was gentle and kind, just and generous, tender and appreciative. There was not a bit of sham, or pretense, or hypocrisy, or selfishness, or greed in her good being. And whatever reward there is in store for the just and honest, this good woman has come into it now.
       the following relatives from abroad attended Mrs. Lyons' funeral: Attorney Frank C. McGirr and Mrs. McGirr, Sisters Camillus and Dolores, of the Sisters of Mercy, Pittsburgh, Miss Ella Byrne, of Baltimore and Nicholas D. Lyons, of New York City.

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