|Birth: ||Aug. 10, 1889|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1932|
July 28,1932 Miller Co Autogram
FORMER MILLER COUNTY WOMAN DIES OF LOCK-JAW
Mrs. W. T. Gray contracts Tetanus from cut inflicted by striking her knee on jagged edge of broken bottle. Funeral held at Fairview Church Near Iberia.
———— Mrs. Margaret Gray, wife of W. T. (Theodore) Gray, of Jefferson City, died in St. Marys hospital Friday morning from lock-jaw, Mrs. Gray, while on her way to the home of a neighbor, fell and struck her knee against a jagged edge of a broken milk bottle which had been cast into a patch of weeds. Eleven stitches were taken in the wound. About a week later, tetanus developed and she was taken to the hospital the day before she passed away. Lock-jaw serum was administered but she passed away four hours later. Mr. and Mrs. Gray moved to Jefferson City about three years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Polk Jarrett (both now deceased) and was 42 years old.
Besides the husband she is survived by seven brothers and two sisters, namely; Charlie Jarrett of Wet Glaize, Fred D. Jarrett of Granite City, Illinois, Oscar Jarrett of Jefferson City, George F., Abel, Willis and Henry Jarrett, and Mrs. George Barr of Iberia, and Mrs. Joe Slone of Hancock.
The body was conveyed to Miller County Saturday and funeral services were conducted at the Fairview Church by Rev. C. M. Sooter after which burial was held at the Jarrett Cemetery, the deceased was bom and reared in the Iberia community where she had many friends who held her in highest regard and are deeply grieved by her tragic death.
Margaret died within 10-days of her and dad picking potatoes from the farmland across Hough St. at Johnson St. in Renz Addition where grandfather owned five acres. He also, owned 3.5 acres across the street on Johnson St that housed their home and a barn grandfather Theodore and my father Victor built. Margaret had placed a great many potatoes in her apron then she and dad began to walk across the culvert to cross the street and apparently she didn't notice a piece of metal laying there, tripped and cut her right leg open just below the knee and on an angle down to the right by about 7-8 inches. Dad stated she cut her leg on an old piece of metal from a car door that someone apparently dropped in the weeds maybe from collecting scrap metal to go to the city dump. We will never know how it landed there. Here they were so close to St. Mary's hospital and she didn't go there directly but lingered a few days. When she finally arrived there they gave her a shot for lock jaw, however it was too late. She died, as you stated, just hours later. Dad was so heart broken because his real mother Fidella Pendleton-Gray had died in that house at 114 Johnson St. when he was five. He was, in 1932 almost twelve years old and loved her so very much.
Is it possible to state that she is survived first and foremost by her only child, a step-son named William Victor Gray? She loved him as if he were her child. She'd never married before grandfather and I think it's an integral part of the story. Yes, the newspapers do the best they can, but this is first hand information.
Thanks for this addition, Victoria Gray-Questell
John William Polk Jarrett (1852 - 1919)
Elizabeth Rotharmel Jarrett (1858 - 1909)
William Theodore Gray (1876 - 1959)*
Charles M. Jarrett (1876 - 1954)*
Frederick David Jarrett (1878 - 1959)*
Oscar Jacob Jarrett (1881 - 1940)*
George Franklin Jarrett (1884 - 1961)*
Mary Alice Jarrett Barr (1886 - 1978)*
Margaret Jarrett Gray (1889 - 1932)
Abel Andrew Jarrett (1892 - 1957)*
Emma Jarrett Sloan (1895 - 1982)*
William John Jarrett (1898 - 1981)*
Henry Milton Jarrett (1901 - 1970)*
Created by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
Record added: Jan 17, 2007
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