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 Mary “Polly” <I>Gardner</I> Dean

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Mary “Polly” Gardner Dean

  • Birth 1 Aug 1810 Clark County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 4 May 1883 Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Sec 5, Row 3, n-s
  • Memorial ID 27427573

Passed To Life
Mrs. Mary Dean, the beloved wife and companion of Mr. John Dean for more than half a century, departed this life at 10:30 a.m., on the morning of May 4, 1883 at the residence of her son Dr. J.W. Dean, of this city. She had been suffering for about a month with an ear ailment. On the morning of the day preceding her death, she took much worse and from that time on was not able to speak.
The maiden name of Mrs. Dean was Mary Gardner. She was born August 1, 1810, in Clark County, Kentucky, and was in her 73rd year. She was married to John Dean September 29, 1831, in Kentucky. In 1834 they moved to Indiana and lived there for forty years on one farm. They moved to Maryville in 1869. Mrs. Dean was the mother of five children the three older of whom are dead. The two living children are George Dean, who lives seven miles west of Maryville, and Dr. J.W. Dean of the city, with whom his parents have been living the past year.
The funeral services were held at two o'clock p.m. on Saturday at the Main Street M.E. Church, conducted by the pastor Rev. J.M. Parker. The deceased had been a true and consistent member of the Methodist church since she was sixteen years of age. After the funeral services, her remains were consigned to the grave in Miriam Cemetery.
Mrs. Dean was a truly Christian woman, of amiable disposition and cheerful nature. While her years grew upon her, seemingly she was as youthful as when a girl. She lived a longer life than allotted to most mortals and a much happier and a more useful one. Nearly fifty-two years had she and her husband lived together in all their congeniality and happiness of two loving sons blended in one; and their separation now is not probably to be very long. The faithful loving wife has gone on before to the Spirit Sumerland. From beyond the pearly gates of Paradise comes the echo of her loved voice. The devoted husband in his thoughts and affections are with her in the fairer home above, and he sees the wondrous light upon the supernal pathway growing more and more radiant, and ere long his spiritual vision will be enraptured with a gleam of the angel bridge, luminous in the golden mist of a heavenly sunlight falling upon it and then will there be a reunion of loved ones, and never more shall they be separated. Is this too grand a hope for the Christian man or woman to entertain? To such a(n) one, death simply strips off the soul's earthly garment and puts on an immortal, incorruptible garment fashioned like unto the glorious body of the Son of Man. Christianity inspires such a sublime hope. This is the hope of the aged husband who survives. Wife and mother will be missed from the family circle and this fact draws out the sympathy of the community, but there cannot be the least anxiety as to her future and eternal welfare. All say who knew her that a good woman had been called to her reward.

Maryville Nodaway Democrat
Thursday, Morning May 10, 1883

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 27427573
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary “Polly” Gardner Dean (1 Aug 1810–4 May 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27427573, citing Miriam Cemetery, Maryville, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by alison land (contributor 46846463) .