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Mary Elvena Brown Beard
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1885
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1915
Custer County
Nebraska, USA

Sargent Leader Newspaper
June 29, 1912

Beard---Brown Nuptials

A wedding of more than usual interest occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Brown in this when their daughter, Mary, was united in marriage to Mr. J. G. Beard.

Miss Sophia Galleta sang "O Promise Me" and promptly at 8:30 the bridal party entered to the strains of Lohengrins Wedding March played by Miss Nell Brown, and Mrs. A. M. Voss, who formed an aisle with white ribbons. Rev. E. Maynard then took his place before a bank of ferns and cut flowers, where he was joined by the groom and his best man, William J. Root. The bride entered last, attended by her sister, Inez. The short and impressive ring ceremony was used after which Mr. and Mrs. Beard received the best wishes of about fifty friends and relatives, who had gathered to witness the ceremony.

The bride wore sheer white vole, trimmed with lace and carried a bouquet of bride's roses. The maid of honor was dressed in yellow marquisette and carried carnations.

After a two course luncheon had been served, the guests were entertained with music.

Mr. and Mrs. Beard will go to housekeeping at once in the new home recently built by the groom.

Mrs. Beard attended Sargent High School and the University of Nebraska. She has been a successful teacher in the high schools of Overton and Sargent. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Beard, of Aurora, but his home has been in Sargent for several years, where he is manager of the Dierks Lumber Co. Both of these two people are well known and have the best wishes of a large circle of friends.

Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Beard, Misses Ethel and Ellen Beard, parents and sisters of the groom, and Mrs. J. H. Harvey of Aurora, Miss Keo Currie of Broken Bow, Miss Minnie Bristol of Waco, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Voss of Lincoln, and Messrs W. J. Root of Loup City and Lou Perrin of Mason City.

Post Script:
The wedding occurred on June 22, 1912.

Mary Beard nee Brown died of scarlet fever 2 years, 9 months later on March 1, 1915. She was 29 years old. No children were born of the marriage.


Mary Elvina Beard nee Brown

Sargent Leader Newspaper March 4, 1915
Mrs. J. G. Beard Passes Away Monday
Died, 11 o'clock, Monday night at her home in our city, Mrs. Mary Beard,aged twenty-nine years.
Seldom has it been our duty to record so sudden a death. A dark gloom spread over the whole community when it was whispered from one to another that Mrs. Beard was gone.

She was of an affectionate disposition, bright and winning in her way so that friendship's circle was to her a large one. Indeed, it may be said of her, that "none knew her but to love her."

She was one of the corps of teachers in our schools several years ago, and often since she has been called to take the classes of an absent instructor.

Only a few years ago (June, 1912) she was married to J. G. Beard, Local manager of the Dierks Lumber & Coal Co., whom she leaves to mourn her untimely death. Her sickness was of but brief duration, becoming ill last Thursday which rapidly developed into scarlet fever. Everything that medical skill had at their command, and the loving care and earnest prayer of the husband, father, mother, sister and only brother that she may be spared to them, was of no avail. She gradually grew weaker and when the last hour of Monday was about to toll her spirit passed out to the great beyond.

Here she played as a child, developed into beautiful girlhood; her she married and helped to establish a home of her own; here her busy life was spent, her faithful service rendered to the world. In this dearest of all places to her, she lies down at length to sleep and rest.

To her the struggle and burden of bearing of earth are ended, and we confidently trust that like one who awakens from a troubled dream, she has awakened to life's endless morning break and knows herself at home with all the vast throng of loved ones, missed from earth, safe about her. Her home instincts were strong here in this fevered world of disappointment. Her affection for friends and kindred was tender and abiding.

Among us she ranked always as a woman of culture, refinement, sympathy, a kind neighbor and true friend.

Mary Elvina Brown was born at Sargent, Neb., August 31, 1885.

The larger part of her life was spent in school, finishing Sargent High school in 1903, taking a year's preparatory work at St. Paul, Neb., and four years in the State University at Lincoln, followed by teaching two years at Overton and one year at Sargent.

Talented and accomplished, yet so modest and unselfish her cheerfulness, her thoughtful and loving interest in those around her, endeavoring her to all.

By daily living the Golden Rule she numbered her friends by her acquaintances.

On June 22, 1912, she was married to Joseph Beard, and after about three years in her happy home she slipped away from this life on March 1st, 1915 leaving a bereaved husband, father, mother, three sisters, one brother, other relatives and her friends.

The funeral was held from her late home Wednesday at 1 o'clock and the remains tenderly borne to Mt. Hope Cemetery, followed by relatives, friends, and members of the Masonic fraternity. The remains were placed in a metallic casket profusely covered with floral offerings.

Post Scripts

Many obituaries of the time in the Sargent Leader newspaper were of this length and elocution. I suspect the editor received the help of the Methodist minister of the time, Reverend Maynard, to write them.

Card of Thanks

We thank all friends and family for help and kindness during our recent bereavement. Also for the beautiful flowers.

J. G. Beard

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brown and family


Misses Nellie Brown and Edith Brown returned to their respective duties Tuesday morning, the former to Alliance to resume her work as an instructor, the latter to the State University to continue her studies. Both were called here last week by the death of their sister.

Marriage Announcement

Thirteen (13) days later, Mary's sister, Inez, married Robert George in a subdued ceremony at the Methodist Church. 
Family links: 
  George W Brown (1842 - 1924)
  Amy Marinda Lovejoy Brown (1867 - 1950)
  Joseph Gerald Beard (1888 - 1950)
  Mary Elvena Brown Beard (1885 - 1915)
  Inez Harriet Brown Black (1887 - 1959)*
  Robert G Brown (1897 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Custer County
Nebraska, USA
Created by: Clint Black
Record added: Sep 09, 2011
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