|Birth: ||May 5, 1882|
|Death: ||May 22, 1908|
May 27, 1908
Is Called To Her Maker
May Ida Price Clay, Wife Of Dr. Geo. W. Clay, Died Last Friday Morning
"Her mind was in itself a flower, but half disclosed
A bud of blessed promise, which the frost
Smote down rudely. But we may trust
That it hath found a resting place, where the sun
Of a more holy clime will visit it,
And the pure dews of mercy through Heaven's
Own atmosphere, descend upon it."
Last Friday morning, at 8:30, this city was visited by the angel of death who took from our midst a most lovable young matron, Mae Ida Price Clay, wife of Dr. Geo. W. Clay.
Mrs. Clay has been ill for over a year, and during that time all medical science known to man was called to her aid but without avail. Of late she has failed fast, but was courageous up to the last moment. Friends and relatives waited anxiously daily for hopeful tidings. She seemed for a day or two to grow stronger and her friends and relatives tried to hope, but a few days more brought a messenger of death who bore her peaceful spirit to that bourn from which no traveler returns,
"She wrestled nobly with the sufferings
And anguish of her being, smiling on
And wearing a clam brow. If the ear of her
Freed spirit heedeth aught beside the
Brightness of its own inheritance,
It may be joyful to the parted one
To feel that earth remembers her in love."
Friends and relatives can hardly realize it to be true, that the eyes that saw so much in this world to love and admire are forever closed, the lips that so often spoke of love and sweet things are silent, that the heart that sympathized so much and that was so loyal to God and her friends is stilled. To her earth scenes are no more, but how much more glorious is the existence upon which she has entered.
Her last hours were marked with an impressiveness seldom witnessed. Fully appreciating her demise to be a matter of only a few hours and retaining consciousness almost to the end, she gave directions regarding her funeral services and bade her friends a final farewell, the while trying to cheer and stem their grief. Never at any time did she complain of her ills, never fearing death, always cheerful even at times when her pain was most excruciating she silently suffered and sympathized with others. She talked calmly and cheerfully of death, not of something to be afraid, but as the setting free of the soul, the unfolding of all that is good and beautiful in the desires of life; the full fruition of earth's seed sowing, and when the call came she answered it nobly with a smile.
"For thou wast one in whom the light,
Of Heaven's own love was kindled well,
Enduring with a martyr's might,
Through weary day and wakeful night
Far more than words can tell;
Gentle, and meek and loving, all unknown
Thy mercies, measured by the God alone."
Her father and mother arrived in the city too late to see their daughter alive but they witnessed the impressive funeral at which her legion of friends paid their last sad rite.
Funeral services were held at the residence under auspices of the Stars and Rev. C. E. Haynes of the Methodist church. A line of march to the cemetery was made immediately after the services in which all the lodges of this city took part. At the grave a short and beautiful service was held by the Rebekahs. The funeral was the largest ever held in northern Montana.
Mae Ida Price was born at Potosi, Wisconsin, on May 5th, 1882, and when but a child moved with her parents to Fulda, Minnesota, where she lived during her girlhood. She was a graduate of the Fulda High School and of the Froebel Kindergarten School, of Minneapolis. In 1900 and 1901 she taught school in this city and on January 22, 1902, she was married to Dr. Geo. W. Clay and resided in this city unto her death May 22, 1908.
John R Price (1857 - 1921)
Sarah Elizabeth Gibson Price (1861 - 1953)
George W. Clay (1872 - 1920)
Malta City Cemetery
Created by: Cemetery Walker
Record added: Aug 12, 2013
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