Thursday, August 2, 2007

Mrs Mary McMican Enters Eternal Rest

undated unknown newspaper clipping from Grandma Grace's book
Mrs. Mary MiMican familiarly known to her countless friends as "Mrs Mc" and "Mother Mac", passed from this earthly realm into eternal rest at eight o'clock Sunday evening, September 16 1934, following several months of evident weakening and a few weeks of extremely serious lingering brought on by a failing heart and asthmatic condition.
Mary Alice Bryant was born April 29 1859 in Harrison County MO, and at the age of 75 years, 4 months, and 17 days, departed from this life on September 16 1934.
On February 4th 1875 she was united in marriage with Phillip Higdon, and to them were born nine children, seven of whom survive. They are: James H. of Potwin KS, Nannie A. Stanley of Kainsville, MO, Joe D. of Winona, Emilie P. Orton of Rosalie, KS, Gilly M. Maxwell of Melbourne, Mo, Nora G. Williams of Winona, and Hobart of Avant, OK.
She had been a member of the Christian Church for the past fifty years, and was ever a devout and devoted worker in the church. She was a member of the Rebecca and Eastern Star orders and besides being a faithful worker in them both, lived the great truths which it is the purpose of these orders to exemplfy.
Many local persons recall the passing of her husband, Phillip Higdon on January 18 190.
On November 21 1916 Mrs. Higdon became the wife of J.H. McMican, who also preceeded her in death, passing on October 29th, 1925.
In her home life Mrs. MiMican was ever a faithful and devoted wife and mother, taking great pride and interest in setting an example of industry, thoroughness and refinement for her excellent children. She took pride in the fact that she was related to the famous William Cullen Bryant as the beautiful portrait of her father well shows.
Those of us who knew her learned to love and respect her. One always found a hearty welcome in her home. Many a child and young person was wont to stop at her door for a word of cheer or a little token of cheer.
The community has lost one of its finest citizens and most beautiful characters. The lodges and the church will especially mourn her loss. May her memory long be cherished into eternal realms.
Mrs. MiMican's daughter, Mrs. Nannie Stanely, came here from north Missouri some two months ago to stay with her mother who was failing in health. As her strength ebbed away she requested that her sons and daughters who were in other parts to come to see her while she could visit with them. In response to this call her sons, James H and Hobart and her daughter, Mrs Orton, came and spent several days with her. The sons of necessity returned to their homes while Mrs. Orton remained here. Mrs. Gilly Maxwell came for the last rites.
Following death the body was cared for by the Croy Undertakers of Van Buren until the funeral was held in the Christian Church at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. L.R.Norton, a close personal friend, officiating. Burial was made in the WInona cemetery between her departed husbands. The local chapter of the Eastern Star order conducted their funeral service at the grave.
Large attendance at her last services was mute testimony of the high respect in which Mrs McMican was held, and these friends united in extending sympathy to the seven remaining children for the irreparable loss they sustain in the loss of their wonderful mother, councellor and friend.

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