|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1837|
|Death: ||May 1, 1903|
Mrs. Mary Adelia Hastings, wife of the Hon. H. M. Hastings,was one of Steele county's pioneer women and was held in highesteem by all who knew her. She was a true type of that admirable class of w-omen - the wives of pioneers. Devoted to her
husband, bright, unselfish and ambitious, she labored unceasingly and happily to found a home, to care properly for her family and to advance its material and spiritual fortunes. The
important share which such women have in the success attained by their husbands cannot be overestimated, and it is certain that Mrs. Hastings proved a rare helpmate to her husband all
her married life. She was an unusually bright woman and found her greatest happiness in searching out and performing such duties as she believed fell within her scope of action. One of her most prominent characteristics was the happiness and cheeriness of her disposition, which lightened the labors of all near her as
well as her own. A reply she made not long before her death, in answer to the remarks that the early days must have been hard ones for women coming out into a new country to find homes,
was characteristic of her. She declared that those early days of hard work and privation were the happiest of all. Even when sickness had laid its heavy hand upon her, Mrs. Hastings lost
not one whit of her cheerfulness and hopefulness and to the last viewed the future with happy optimism as a place of joy and peace. This fact is believed to have prolonged her life past
the time when the average woman would have succumbed to the cares of life and to the weight of years. It is not strange that such a woman should have won respect and confidence even
though she was of a retiring rather than of a naturally sociable disposition. Mrs. Hastings' maiden name was Mary Adelia Roberts. She was born in Pennsylvania, September 17. 1837.
While she was yet a small child the family removed to Rockford, Illinois, where in later years she met Mr. Hastings and became his wife. Aside from the three children mentioned above Mr.
and Mrs. Hastings had a son, Frank, who died in early youth. Mrs. Hastings passed to the Great Beyond May 1, 1903, and her death caused a vacancy in the hearts of friends and relatives
which will never be filled until the Last Resurrection.
S. M. Hastings was one of the early settlers of Steele county, having come from Illinois in 1857. He was a native of New York where little more than half of his life was spent, emigrating
from there to Illinois in 1849. He lived to be one of the oldest residents of the county, and was highly respected by his many friends. He died in 1886.
Hector Maxwell Hastings (1835 - 1899)*
Forest Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section: 11 129 C
Created by: d8wf8inVB
Record added: Apr 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88118501