|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1874|
|Death: ||May 19, 1899|
The following is from the Medina County Gazette; 2 Jun 1898; page 1:OBITUARYEDITH M. BRINKER."Edith M. daughter of Curtis and Emaline[sic] Brinker was born at Chatham, Ohio November22, 1874. Died at Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 19, 1898, aged 23.
"Edith's life, with little exception was spent in Chatham, and it is here, in the midst of her home association that the loss sustained by her death is most keenly felt: it is in the family circle thus berefet[sic] of one whose bright and cheery disposition contributed much to make home hallowed and truly blest that her absence will be noticed most.
"It was especially her love for her home and her thoughtfulness for the comfort and pleasure of other members of the family that endeared her to those who knew her best.
"She received her education in the district and village schools. As a student she was apt punctual and faithful, and won the high-esteem and respect of her teachers and class-mates[sic]. In the spring of '94 she took up the work of teaching. As a teacher she was successful and enjoyed the implicit confidence of both pupil and parent, and the fondest memories of her excellent life will be cherished by those with whom she was thus associated. But her failing health compelled her to give up teaching.
"Thus it was that her hope and ambition were destined to fail, yet cheerfully and without a murmur, she laid down the work so nobly begun; For one in the morning of life to abandon fond hopes and well laid plans is no slight trial, but Edith had chosen 'that better part' and had found in Christ that peace of mind and that comfort which sustains even in the darkest hour and in the severest trial.
"She united with the Congregational church of Chatham in 1891 to which she was loyal until the summons came to join the 'Church Triumphant.'
"The last months of her life were spent in the far west whence she had gone with her father and mother whose loving hands tenderly ministered to her, till her spirit took its flight to Him who gave it.
"The news here of Edith's death though not wholly unexpected, cast a gloom over the whole community. The sorrowing father and mother arrived home on Tuesday evening, bringing with them all that remained of their beloved daughter. The home coming was sad in the extreme.
"The funeral, which was an unusually large one, was held at the Congregational Church on Thursday May 26; Rev. F. H. Richardson conducted the service. text: Jno. 14:1-3.
"The bearers were, Messers, Archer Buchanan, Louie Weldman, Chas. Clapp, Cliff Essig, Roy Allis, and Judd Hartman. Marching ahead of the casket, which was an elegant one, were six young ladies all dressed in white, who were chosen from among Edith's most intimate friends.
"The church was beautifully decorated the floral offerings being elaborate and varied. The services at the grave were also sad and impressive. The grave was lined with white and evergreens and flowers. And as we looked for the last time upon the flower strewn casket we felt assured that Edith was 'at rest.'
Curtis William Brinker (1848 - 1917)
Emeline Lucy Carter Brinker (1852 - 1919)
Etta L. Brinker Eddy (1871 - 1931)*
Edith Brinker (1874 - 1899)
Tom W Brinker (1877 - 1922)*
Chatham Township Cemetery
Created by: Marilyn Brandsasse
Record added: May 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37462872