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Mary Elizabeth Darling Runyan
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Birth: May 28, 1859
Henry County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1922
Marion County
Indiana, USA

"Obituary by Belle Sullivan for Mary Runyan"

[Belle was the Mother-in-law of Samuel Claude Darling, son of Mary's brother Samuel S. Darling and neighbor of Jesse and Lena Huddelson Runyan when they lived between Greensboro and Knightstown. The Sullivan's rented to Jesse & Lena.]

"And desire shall fail, because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets; or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it" We all look upon death with dread and try to shrink from it yet it is the divine plan of God; and as we follow the lifeless form of our beloved ones to the grave with bleeding hearts and weeping eyes, and it seems as though our very lives are crushed, no doubt if we could lift the veil and see into the great beyond that we would say thy will be done. The subject of this sketch, Mary Elizabeth Darling Runyan, was one of twelve children who came to brighten the home of her parents, Samuel and Beulah Darling on the 23 of May 1859 and departed this life at the home of her son Lawrence in Indianapolis on the tenth day of September, 1922, at the age of 63 years, 3 months and 17 days. The greater part of her life was spent in the state of Indiana and the last few years she had made her home with her daughter Mrs. Oral Crim and family of New Castle. She was united in marriage to Robert Runyan in the year 1879 and to this union were born five children one of whom the pale faced messenger claimed as his own at the tender age of five months and bore her spirit to the home where Christ's flowers never fade. She was a devoted mother, and a kindly neighbor, always willing and glad to sacrifice self if necessary of the comfort and pleasure of her loved ones. Death is only a brief separation from our loved ones just going away to another country and as you are mourning the loss of another just think,-------she is still your own. Her love flows the same and the separation is only a mystery through which we pass as through an open gate, with glad surprise at the things that shall be made plain to us over there. She is survived by four children, Jesse Runyan of near Knightstown, Mrs. Bessie Spears, of Danville, Ill., Mrs. Grace Crim of New Castle and Lawrence Runyan of Indianapolis, one sister Mrs. Misha Lutholtz of Kennard, one brother Quincy Darling of Spiceland, eleven grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends.

Weep not for the loving mother, whose bright wings have cleft the air; They have left a shining pathway, that may lead a loved one there."


Mary Elizabeth divorced Robert Runyan in 1896 when my grandfather Lawrence was only 3 years old. She married John H. Ratliff in 1902. He died about 2 years later.

Family links: 
  Samuel Darling (1821 - 1891)
  Beulah Smith Darling (1823 - 1892)
  Robert Noah Runyan (1856 - 1915)
  Jesse Claude Runyan (1881 - 1940)*
  Bessie Beulah Runyan Spears (1887 - 1960)*
  Grace Anna Runyan Crim (1889 - 1982)*
  Lawrence Everett Runyan (1893 - 1978)*
  William Newell Darling (1845 - 1911)*
  Samuel S. Darling (1846 - 1918)*
  Henry C. Darling (1848 - 1911)*
  Artemisia Darling Luthultz (1854 - 1935)*
  Amanda V. Darling (1855 - 1882)*
  Elijah D. Darling (1859 - 1915)*
  Mary Elizabeth Darling Runyan (1859 - 1922)
  Emma E. Darling (1864 - 1882)*
  John Quincy Darling (1866 - 1948)*
  Cora A. Darling (1870 - 1881)*
*Calculated relationship
Circle Grove Cemetery
Henry County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Lisa Wallen Logsdon
Record added: Apr 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51579524
Mary Elizabeth <i>Darling</i> Runyan
Added by: Lisa Wallen Logsdon
Mary Elizabeth <i>Darling</i> Runyan
Added by: Lisa Wallen Logsdon
Mary Elizabeth <i>Darling</i> Runyan
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Added by: Lisa Wallen Logsdon
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"Weep not for the loving mother, whose bright wings have cleft the air; They have left a shining pathway, that may lead a loved one there."
- Belle Sullivan
 Added: Apr. 25, 2010

- Lisa Wallen Logsdon
 Added: Apr. 25, 2010

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