Mrs. Amy Lightheart was born in Canada, near Montreal, March 15, 1825. she died in her home in Magnolia, March 4, 1915. Her age was therefore, nearly 90 years.
She came to Magnolia in 1851. Was married to Dr. Panchaud in 1858. Dr. Panchaud was a popular physician and practiced in Magnolia for years. He died in February, 1875. Mrs. Panchaud lived in the same little cottage alone for more than 40 years.
She had been for years a Baptist in faith, but in 1898, during the pastorate of Rev. J. N. Fawcett, she united with the Methodist church in Magnolia and was a faithful member till her death. She remarked to her pastor and wife that she had great comfort in her religious life. That she loved prayer and spent much time in prayer.
The only living relative that her friends know of are a niece in Kansas City, also a nephew in Detroit. These wrote her more than once to come and spend the rest of her days with them, but she preferred the quiet and freedom of her own little home. While she thus lived alone for more than 40 years, with not a relative nearer than about 400 miles, yet she had many firm friends for whom she had great admiration. Much credit is due these friends who looked after her all these years, and especially the last few weeks and months of her life.
She was possessed of fine native endowments. Had a strong personality. Had remarkable admiration for those whom she called her friends. Her memory was very vivid until the infirmities of age began to tell upon her. She could remember all the little minutia of the neighborhood history.
The funeral services were held in the Masonic Hall in Magnolia. The burial was in the Magnolia cemetery.