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Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Davis McGray
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1846
Waldo County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 22, 1904
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA

Gravestone gives birth date as 24 Jul 1846; obituary gives birth date as 24 Jul 1847.


Lecal [sic] Pastor Pays Glowing Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. L. F. McGray.

As the funeral of Mrs. McGray of Villard occured [sic] so near to the time of publication of the Herald last week, we were not able to give very full particulars. In view of this fact we have been kindly requested to give a more extended mention is this issue.

Mrs. McGray died quite unexpectedly at Alexandria where she had been taken for medical assistance, her condition requiring a surgical operation, from the effects of which she quickly rallied and was apparently convalscing [sic], when there was a relapse and she passed away even before any members of her family could be summoned. This occured [sic] on Tuesday, March 22, 1904, and the immediate cause of her sudden demise was heart failure.

She was born in Burnham, Maine, July 24, 1847, thus attaining nearly the age of 57 years. Her maiden name was Davis, and she was united in marriage to La Forest McGray the 24th of December 1873 [this should read 31st of December 1872 per Maine Marriages, 1771-1907 and Karen Tomecek]. Two years of their happy married life were spent in Maine, seven in Wisconsin and twenty-three in Minnesota, of which thirteen years were spent near Hudson and the remaining ten in Villard. She leaves a husband, three sons and a daughter to mourn for one who so worthily and faithfully filled her place of devoted and unselfish service.

Six years ago the family buried a beloved son over whom Mrs. McGray watched thru a long period of illness with the greatest solitude and anxiety. So constant was her service and so disappointed her hopes that she never fully recovered from the shock. She lived to see her children grown up to manhood and womonhood [sic] and comfortably settled in prosperous and respectable conditions. Years ago she declared her faith in Christ by a public confession and there is no doubt in the minds of those who knew her intimately but that she was prepared for the solemn change. She dearly loved the Church, the Bible, the Sanctuary and the songs of Zion. Her heart was in fellowship with the good work of the Gospel. It was a great sorrow to part with so faithful, true and devoted a wife, mother, friend and neighbor. In many places and for a long time she will be sorely missed. Funeral services were conducted from the home, the obsequies being especially appropriate and impressing.

No parting word, no sad farewell.
No lingering shadow dimmed the sun.
"Not long ere I'll be home and well,"
But suddenly her work was done.

She lived as if she felt our needs,
She made our home her constant care,
She filled her place with loving deeds,
Respected, trusted everywhere.

-E. N. R.

Source: Glenwood Herald, April 1, 1904

About the same time that this young man was conveyed to the hospital [sic]. Mrs. L. F. McGray of the same village was also taken there for treatments on account of uterine trouble. It is stated that only three days preceding the day upon which an operation was undertaken upon her, she was able to do the family washing and other work about her home as usual. On Wednesday morning the sad tidings reached her husband and friends that she has passed away from the effects of blood-poisoning due to the operation.

In the death of Mrs. McGray the community in which she lived suffers the loss of a most estimable member. The husband, three sons and one daughter-the latter all grown-by her taking away have sustained a heart-wound from which the poignancy of grief will scarce subside while their love and reverence for wife and mother shall continue or endure. Faithfully and well she performed the duties incident to her position in life. The comfort and happiness of her husband and children she always strived [sic] to promote and conserve, ever toiling with heart and hand to the very last, to make their home the happiest spot on earth.

The fifty-seven years of her life-time have been brought to a most sudden sad and unexpected close. Peacefully now she rests from earthly toil and care. May her reward beyond the grave be commensurate with her fidelity to duty, her purity and generosity of heart.

Source: Glenwood Herald, date unknown
Family links: 
  La Forrest McGray (1847 - 1928)*
  Fred R. McGray (1876 - 1898)*
  Frank Edward McGray (1878 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
BORN JULY 24, 1846
DIED MAR. 22, 1904
Adams Cemetery
Pope County
Minnesota, USA
Maintained by: Karen Tomecek
Originally Created by: Bob & Sandi Hamilton
Record added: Jun 30, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38916813
Mary Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Davis</i> McGray
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Mary Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Davis</i> McGray
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Mary Elizabeth Lizzie <i>Davis</i> McGray
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