|Birth: ||Mar. 7, 1833|
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1914|
Born in Washington (now Maysville) KY. Daughter of James & Elizabeth (Moss) Gill. Wife of 1) Enos H. Meridith, m. Jan 17, 1847, Peoria County, & 2) John Baggs, m. Nov 18, 1857, Peoria County.
DEATH OF MRS. LYDIA BAGGS
Remarkable Woman Succumbs After Brief Illness at Great Age
At her home, 201 Moss avenue yesterday afternoon Mrs. Lydia Baggs entered into rest at ripe old age of ninety-one years, her death removing from the community another of its best known and widely honored women.
Mrs. Baggs had retained to an extraordinary extent her powers of mind and of body, her mental and physical activity, her vivacity of temperament and youthfulness of spirit. To the very last her step was as light as that of a girl, her interest in the world and its affairs as keen as that of persons half her age, her companionship was sought and valued as much by the young as by those of her own generation.
It seemed as if age had passed her by—as if time has granted her a special dispensation and she was to be forever exempt from the ills that mortal flesh is heir to. A few weeks ago, however, she was stricken with an aliment which from the first was recognized as extremely serious and in spite of all that could be done for her she grew rapidly worse. For the past week she had realized that her death was near and arranged her earthly affairs with astonishing calmness and courage. With the waning of the day yesterday her spirit slipping gently into the land of shadows, death coming to her after her long pilgrimage as peacefully as sleep comes when day is done.
Lydia Gill was born in Washington, Ky., on March 7, 1833, the youngest child of James and Elizabeth Moss Gill. While she was still in infancy both her parents died with an hour and she was cared for by an older brother until early girlhood when she came to Peoria to make her home with an uncle, Samuel Moss.
She was married here at the age of fifteen to E. H. Meredith, who died in California some years later leaving her with two sons, James W. and Joseph W. Meredith, the latter of whom died in 1899. Later the deceased married John Baggs in this city, one son being born to them who died in infancy. The marriage was a congenial and happy one and for half a century the couple made their home in Peoria, death severing the union about two years ago.
Ms. Was a niece of the late Lydia Bradley and was her constant companion for many years attending to much of her business and representing her on the board of many charities in which Mrs. Bradley interested herself. Mrs. Baggs herself was deeply interested in charitable and philanthropic matters and it was largely through her influence that the Bradley Home for Aged Women was built and established. As president of the home she was ably managed its affairs throughout its existence. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Proctor hospital and her private benefactions were endless.
Patriotism of a particularly loyal and ardent sort was another of her characteristics and she took an active part in the affairs of the Memorial Say association, the Daughters of the Revolution and Wilson Circle, Ladies of the G. A. R. and in all of these societies her consul and campership will be sadly missed.
Mrs. Baggs is survived by her oldest son, James W. Meredith, of Berkeley, California, one grandson. E. H. Meredith, and a daughter-in-law. Mrs. Lottie May Meredith. The two later live in this city and were with her constantly during the last days of her life.
The funeral will take place Friday afternoon from the residence the services conducted by the Rev. W. E. Shaw, the present pastor and Rev. Nelson G. Lyons, a former pastor of the First Methodist church, of which Mrs. Baggs was a lifelong member. Interment will be in Springdale cemetery.
John Baggs (1837 - 1909)*
Joseph W. Meredith (1850 - 1899)*
Willie Baggs (1858 - 1859)*
Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Mount Prospect Section
Maintained by: One Foot In The Grave
Originally Created by: Bruce Hicks
Record added: Apr 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51248451