(Yet another headingless newspaper clipping. Margaret Lyons McGirr died in 1886 - "Margaret Lyons, who died November 4, 1886." from an article about her father, Dr. John McGirr in an Encyclopedia Biography. The clipping is probably a Bedford Gazette or Bedford Inquirer article, Friday Nov 5th's paper)
It is with the deepest regret we have to record the death of Miss Margaret L. McGirr, which sad event took place at her mother's home in Bedford, Thursday, November 4th, at 11 o'clock. Nine weeks ago Miss McGirr was taken seriously ill, and although from the very beginning of her illness she had the best medical attendance, she gradually and hopelessly sank in the presence of loving and sympathizing but powerless friends, till death came to her relief. He death was a most peaceful and happy one. Having no earthly interest to engage her last moments, there was nothing to draw her heart from God, and so she slept into her death peacefully as slept in the days of her childhood.
Miss M. McGirr was the youngest child of Mrs. McGirr, of Bedford, and of the late Dr. John McGirr, once well known in his profession in Pittsburg. Her early years and education were watched over and guided by tender parents' care, and when she was fitted for a more advanced course, she was sent to St. Xavier's Academy, Westmoreland County.
Within her own home, and under instructions at the Sister's of Mercy, she learned how to lead a very true and happy life - true to the name of womanhood and happy to her own dear friends. During the short time she moved in society she formed acquaintanceships lasting as it is possible for them to be. Her frank and sincere manner of expressing her thought, her gay and vivacious spirit, her true friendship and child like innocence endeared her to all, and made her presence longed for, in every happy meeting of her friends.
Although the number of years allotted to her were few, she in a brief space accomplished much, for she died, I have no doubt, a happy death and achieved her end. Around her death bed were shed many tears by her immediate friends while there too hovered the heartfelt wishes of her many sympathizing acquaintances. She had the fortitude of a true Christian and said with divine fervor, "Lord, Thy Will and not mine be done." She edified those who witnessed her struggle and imparted to them in the strongest light the lesson of wisdom. "Favor is deceitful and beauty vain; the woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised."
Her remains will be taken to St. Thomas Church at 10 o'clock, Saturday morning, and thence to the cemetery.
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