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MESSAGE: (#68549) SHAW, Susanna
AUTHOR: Judy Dankert Pa
DATE: 2/25/2005 at 19:50:04
Oskaloosa Daily Herald, Oskaloosa, IA, October, 1913.
SHAW -- Funeral of the late Susanna Shaw, wife of William H. Shaw was held
from the family home, No. 1217 South Market Street, Saturday afternoon at 2:30
o'clock, Rev. Roy E. Deadman of the Christian Church officiating. Attendance
at the family home was large and representative, several of the organizations
of which Mrs. Shaw was a member, attending in a body. The following to the
cemetery for the grave service was also larger than usual. The casket which
had been placed near the front of the home rested in a great bank of palms and
flowers. Contributions from friends, neighbors, acquaintances, associates in
church and society organizations and invididual were numerous and elegant and
indicated the esteem in which this good woman had been held by an extended
acquaintance. In keeping with the wish expressed by Mrs. Shaw, the services
were brief and simple but the tribute paid by the minister was most
appropriate and appealed deeply to those intimately acquainted with the life
and the doings of the deceased; faithful, loyal, sincere, devoted, ready at
all times to act in the line of duty service. Patient in health, in sickness,
she accepted her lot nor thought of self but the first concern was for the
comfort and well being of others. Results and influence of her life are far
reaching, permanent. Many drew help from her wonderful resources, bountiful in
its supply. Younger ones have been strengthened in faith and recalled to
(unreadable) consecreation through the personal comfort of this truly
remarkable personality and older ones have rejoiced in her comradeship. Even
the minister came to look upon her for a source of sustaining grace, for she
was ever in her place at service, always on time and ever dependable. Though
her burdens have been lightened, sorrows assuaged, blasted hopes renewed, and
faith in God and man reassured, because of the character of her life and her
spirit. She was furthermore a woman who dignified the common place things of
life and by her industry and untiring zeal taught to all the nobility of
labor. She was everything in her home, the ideal wife and mother. Mrs. Shaw
for a term of twenty-five years has been a deaconess of the Christian Church
of Oskaloosa and her membership in the organization dates far back to the
formative period of the church organization in the community. She was a woman
with whom we can ill afford to part and not alone in the home will she be
missed but in the broader field of her endeavor, her place must remain
unoccupied. Her life unconsciously stood as an example, a model for those who
came in contact with her. She was ever busy, yet she always had time for any
call made upon her. Her eveness of temperment, her bright disposition,
cheerfulness, happiness were reflected by the work of her hand. A smile here,
a kind word there--she was sunshine itself. One of the things said of the
woman when the announcement of her death went forth came from a young woman
whose life had been touched. "If I could only be like Mrs. Shaw."
Music for the funeral was furnished by members from the Christian Church choir
and a solo by Dr. F.J. Jarvis.
Pall bearers were: Thomas Soseman, Charles M. Porter, Benjamin Cruzen, O/O.
Hedge, E.R. Hatcher and Harry Greist.
Relatives and intimate friends present from a distance for the funeral called
by the illness and the death of Mrs. Shaw were: Mrs. S.J. Yeomans of Des
Moines and Mrs. C.S. Watts of Norway, Iowa; Frank and Orin McWilliams of Des
Moines; sister and brothers of the deceased; a niece, Mrs. Belle, Pears; Fred
Yeomans, Marysville, Missouri; Mrs. Elizabeth McBride, sister of Mr. Shaw,
Wright, Iowa; Capt. W.A. Rankin of Tarklo, Missouri, and Mr. and Mrs. S.R.
Cannon and sister, Mrs. McBride of Fremont.