January 13, 1898
Miss Mary Ann Harker
Miss Mary Ann Harker, who died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Heywood, Friday night, was the eldest child and daughter of Elisha and Elmira Harker and was born in Milton, Ind., Oct. 2, 1829. While very young her parents brought her to Troy, where she spent all the years of her life. The deceased possessed a strong character but was a tender, lovable woman whose heart found exercise in doing good. For many years she devoted herself to the care and comfort of an aged and invalid mother. In other ways was manifested her loving purpose to make the world better by her presence. In charitable work she was ever ready to lend a willing hand. For thirteen years she had charge of the infant class at the Presbyterian Sunday School and there are no more sincere mourners over her death than the men and women whose early footsteps she directed in the path of religion. For several years, nearly a quarter of a century ago, she conducted a kindergarten school, which was a popular local institution. A devout and earnest Christian, her life exemplified her profound belief in the promises of the gospel and it furnishes a shining model of devoted piety. To her no greater meed of praise can be given that that she was a noble Christian woman loved by all who knew her sterling worth and admirable traits of character.
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