12 April 1900
Emma Louise Baird, wife of C. M. C. Baird, died April 7, 1900, leaving a husband, and son and two daughters and a wide circle of loving friends. She well deserved all the love they gave her. Hers was a spirit so cheerful, so sweet and gentle that wherever she went sunshine went with her.
Three years before her death she was stricken with the disease of which she died. For months she lay upon her bed wavering between life and death. Words can tell, but the interval between the acute attacks of pain, the sweet smile and pleasant words would come like sunshine after the storm. After a long struggle, she began to grow better and strong hopes came of her ultimate recovery. Her husband took her to distant climes. To the sea shore, to the mountains and lastly to the far south. All that human skill and love could do was done, and all that a brave soul could do to conquer disease she did, and through it all she was always her sweet sunny self. Neither pain, disease nor absence from her loved ones could mar the serenity and gentle kindness of her spirit. Her faith in the rightfulness of whatever came to her, whether it good or ill, was like a benediction to all who came within her influence.
The loss of such a life is a loss to the world. It makes us all sharers in the great bereavement of those who held her near and dear.
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