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Mary (West) Hadley
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1853
Madison County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 3, 1918
Madison County
Illinois, USA

Mary (West) Hadley (1853-1918) was the seventh of nine children born to Edward Mitchell and Julia Ann (Atwater) West, her father a wealthy merchant and banker. On 15 Jun 1875, she married W.F.L. Hadley, a young attorney of Edwardsville.
According to the brochure, HISTORIC TOUR OF ST. LOUIS STREET, sponsored by Edwardsville Historic Preservation Commission, Mr. and Mrs. West presented the young couple a wedding gift of ten acres of land and a home directly across the street from theirs. Today this Hadley House at 708 St. Louis Street serves as the home of the Edwardsville –Glen Carbon school district.

Mrs. Hadley's obituary appeared in the Edwardsville Intelligencer 4 May 1918:


Mrs. Hadley's obituary appeared in the Edwardsville Intelligencer 4 May 1918:

Quietly as she had lived, Mrs. W. F. L. Hadley, one of Edwardsville's best known and best beloved residents last night slipped away into the endless rest that is promised to those whose labors are accepted. For several months she had been ailing. Early last year she went to Florida with some friends. The health of all of them except Mrs. Hadley showed … improvement.
Something about the climate did not agree with her and she lost strength perceptibly. From the middle of July she was confined to her bed at her home in the West End. During August it seemed as if the parting might come at any moment. Indeed, there were two occasions on which the family believed that it had really come, so gently was the spirit wafted along. But each time there was a rally, and about the first of September she began gradually to improve. Yesterday it was seen her condition showed a sudden change and last night it was seen that the parting was imminent. At 10:10 it came and in the home whose center she had been, and surrounded by those who were near and dear, she fell asleep.
Mary West Hadley was a native of Edwardsville, a daughter of Edward M. West and Julia Atwater West. Her father was a Virginian whose family located at Belleville. Her mother came of sturdy Massachusetts stock. There were nine children in the West family, most of whom died in infancy.
Mary West was born October 8, 1853. She attended the Edwardsville public schools and was one of the early graduates, although at that time there was no commencement such as at present typifies the completion of school work. She then went to Monticello Seminary at Godfrey and graduated therefrom, following this with a postgraduate course of one year.
She was married on June 15, 1875 to William Flavius L. Hadley, a young attorney, the ceremony taking place on his birthday anniversary. They built a home directly across the street from the West homeplace, and went to housekeeping.
Seven children blessed their home of whom one, Nora, died. The surviving children are W. Lester, West, Douglas M., Julia, wife of R. D. Griffin; Winifred and Flavia. Besides … survives one sister, Mrs. Nora West Taylor, wife of Oscar L. Taylor of St. Paul, Minn.
Mrs. Hadley's life was one of consecration. She was devoted to her family, to her community and to her ideals. She and her husband were greatly attached to each other, and when death cut short his career, April 25, 1902, after his ability had been recognized and he had become a successful attorney and banker and a member of Congress, it ended one of the happiest of romances.
Thereafter she lived for her children and likewise lavished much of her time and substance upon those who were in need, whether for material or spiritual comforts. She was … a Lady Bountiful who dispensed her … at long … ; she went right down into the hovels and the homes of sickness and mourning; sat with those who were lonely, read to those whose eyes had failed and personally took consolation and cheer to those whose hearts were sorrowful.
In all good works she was a leader. Singly and alone she inspired the Civic League of Edwardsville which inaugurated the clean up days "which did so much to beautify and make healthful the … . Against her protest she was honored for years with its presidency. Added to the clean-up feature was later the planting of tress, shrubs and vines and the giving of prizes for those especially among the children who cultivated the best gardens or kept the neatest lawns and shrubbery.
For years she served on the board of the Public Library of which she was an organizer and patron. The public schools enlisted her interest and there were no worthy public measure which did not find in her an interested and enthusiastic supporter. One of these earlier day clubs was the West End Geographical Club. She also belonged to the Monday Club and its various branches.
Some years ago, she became interested in Christian Science, and united with the First church of Christ Scientist at Boston, Mass., the mother church of that faith. She assisted in founding the local Science Society, and was a faithful attendant upon services. She was liberal in her views and while she was pleased that most of the members of her family embraced this faith, she was not displeased that some did not, holding that in matters of religious belief the individual conscience should govern.
Art, music and literature were her delight. She was an omnivorous reader, familiar with several languages, a natural social leader, and yet with all her attainments and with her assured position, an unaffected friend at all times. Her life was ordered according to the rules of the Good Book. The cup of cold water given in His name was to her a constant admonition, and she gave of herself as well as of her substance. In her benevolences there was no ostentation, in fact but few of them became known. For years she had hot dinner taken from a local hotel every day to an unfortunate woman. Several ministers have been helped through financial ….
Her passing has left a void which it will be difficult to fill, for … as hers are not plentiful. …
Arrangements for the funeral are being made today by members of the family. Messages were sent last night to a sister at St. Paul and the hour of the service will not be set until an answer is received. The funeral will be either Sunday or Monday afternoon. Burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery.

Family links: 
  Edward Mitchell West (1814 - 1887)
  Julia Ann Atwater West (1817 - 1877)
  William Flavius Lester Hadley (1847 - 1901)
  Julia Hadley Griffin (1876 - 1964)*
  William Lester Hadley (1878 - 1963)*
  Nora Haskell Hadley (1880 - 1881)*
  Winifred Hadley Paddock (1882 - 1960)*
  Edward West Hadley (1886 - 1953)*
  Douglas McKinney Hadley (1887 - 1960)*
  Flavia Hadley Drescher (1889 - 1985)*
  Edward Atwater West (1836 - 1837)*
  Edward Atwater West (1836 - 1837)*
  Virginia Frances West Prickett (1838 - 1874)*
  Charles H. West (1842 - 1850)*
  Rebecca J. West (1845 - 1852)*
  Wyllys Doan West (1847 - 1859)*
  Charles A. West (1851 - 1871)*
  Mary (West) Hadley (1853 - 1918)
  Edward M. West (1859 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship

OCT. 8, 1853
MAY 3, 1918

Woodlawn Cemetery
Madison County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Jane Denny
Record added: Nov 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31546250
Mary <i>(West)</i> Hadley
Added by: Jane Denny
Mary <i>(West)</i> Hadley
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Mary <i>(West)</i> Hadley
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