Eldon was shocked and saddened this week by the unexpected death of one of its brightest and most amiable young girls, Miss mamie Walters, who suffered a sudden and severe attack of illness Monday afternoon while at work in the dressmaking department at West and Brann's where she had been employed a number of months, but rallying she walked home and back up town later, but growing worse that night and confined to her bed all day Tuesday, passing away Wednesday morning after a several hours hemorrhage, occasioned by the rupture of an internal blood vessel.
Mamie was an exceptionally bright, industrious and faithful girl--faithful in her home, church and employment, she was faitful in her school from which she graduated last summer with high honors. Her oration will long be remembered by all who heard it for the brillian and thrilling effect with which it was delivered, and the power of mentality it exhibited in grasping and giving vent to sentiments for beyond the average High School graduate. Cheerful and willing she did her best in all the paths that opened to the young feet whether in humble or higher grade of industry. Her life under all circumstances, like her sweet song, a gladness and cheer to all with whom it came in contact.
The funeral took place from the Catholic church at 10 a.m. today, Revs. Father Nodler and Kelley officiating. The Eldon public school Alumni, of which the deceased was an officer, attended in a body. A beautiful cross composed of white lilies--the class flower--their offering, reposed on the casket besides a handsome floral pillow--a memorial from Mrs. Bledsoe and Miss Tille Dizotell, of St. Louis. A large concourse of sympathizing neighbors and friends were present and followed the remains to the tomb.
"She was too promising a flower
To bloom upon this earth,
And God to her gave angel power
And bright, celestial birth.
The world was all too bleak and cold
To yield her quiet rest;
God brought her to His shepherd fold
To lean upon His breast."
(Source not noted, but was probably kept from an Eldon, IA, newspaper. It was found in a Bible belonging to Lizzie Reardon that was given to Isabelle Muehe when Owen Keefe died.)
Date: 28 FEB 1894
Place: Eldon, Wapello, IA, USA
Found multiple copies of DEAT DATE. Using 28 FEB 1894Array
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Date: 28 JAN 2010
Prior to import, this record was last changed 28 JAN 2010.
Note: It has been told through the years that if Mamie had lived, she would have become a nun, as she was planning on that before she died.