|Birth: ||Mar., 1862|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1937|
Late Mrs. Nannie Andrus Bequeaths Funds For Building Modern Fire-proof Church In City. Other Churches Also Remembered.
By the terms of the last will and testament of the late Mrs. Nannie Andrus, who departed this life last Thursday, the local congregation of the St. John's Episcopal Church is to have a new modern, fire-proof church building.
The will authorizes and instructs Mr. Owen G. Hoegemeyer, independent executor, to sell the property of the estate and allocate $20,000 to the building of a modern fire-proof church building for that church. It also provides that a like amount be used to construct such a building for the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of this city, and the residue, if any, be given to the Methodist Church for improvement of its property, unless said residue exceeds $15,000 in which case it must be used to build a church.
Made in 1925, the will would have had sufficient property supporting it, likely, to have cared for all bequests made, but since real estate and other property is not worth as much now as then, it is extremely doubtful whether funds becoming available under the will can reach much beyond the first church item.
Mrs. Andrus directed in her will that her body be laid beside that of her mother, Mrs. Thatcher, in the City Cemetery and that the remains of her first husband, Mr. Cass Byars, be moved to her side. A monument to cost not less than $1,800 was ordered placed above their graves. Disposal of the property is ordered to be completed within three years and the purposes of her will accomplished within five years.
"Miss Nannie" was a benevolent Christian soul, and has chosen to dispose of her worldly goods in a manner that will make her name and her life long remembered among living peoples. Outspoken and quick to form an opinion, she sometimes appeared even abrupt, yet underlying that exterior of business briskness acquired by long time dealing with subordinates on her farm properties, she had a heart of gold and an understanding sympathy as pure as the sun's rays.
Her bequests are a monument to her memory far more valuable and real than the stone ordered placed at the head of her resting place.
Colorado County Citizen, October 28, 1937
Note: Daughter of Thornton and Elizabeth (Lookup) Thatcher, married Casper W. Byars, married Weston W. Andrus in 1896
Columbus City Cemetery
Created by: A Walston
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
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