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 Ruth <I>Brown</I> Thompson

Ruth Brown Thompson

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 15 Jan 1904 (aged 74)
Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 34999284 · View Source
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Arrived in Pasadena on Thanksgiving Day 1884 where they spent the rest of their lives. Ruth and Henry had five children.


The funeral of Mrs. Ruth Brown-Thompson, daughter of John Brown the negro liberator of Harper's Ferry, who died yesterday morning, will take place on next Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at All Saints' Espicopal Church on North Euclid Avenue. The members of the Woman's Relief Corps will attend the services in a body. Floral offerings may be left at Ives & Warren's undertaking parlors up to noon on Monday, as it will be imppossible to receive all of them at the late residence of the deceased at No. 277 South Fair Oaks Avenue.


Crowds of people attended the funeral at half past 2 o'clock today of Mrs. Ruth Brown Thompson, daughter of the liberator, which was held at All Saints' Episcopal Church, many arriving long before the doors were opened. Rev. William MacCormack, rector of the church read the short, simple service and there was no music. The church had been beautifully decorated by the teachers and pupils of the Garfield school in which Miss Mary Thompson is the beloved teacher of the sixth grade, and this grad helped especially in the work. the chancel was banked with greenery and a hedge of feathery papyrus and umbrella grasses. Great baskets of violets and roses and other floral offerings of friends were grouped effectively about the chancel.

Two immense American flags draped the choir screens and were caught up with ivy. Palms were also used. Over the pews reserved for the family were caught ivy wreaths. Festoons of evergreen were also used about the church. The W.R.C. attended in a body, fully fifty being present.

The floral remembrances were many and very beautiful. Among them were a large piece of roses and ferns from the Garfield school; a wreath from the mothers of the Garfield Child Study Circle; an immense basket of violets and smilax from Miss Thompson's class, the sixth grade of the Garfield; violets and hyacinths from the teachers of the Garfield; a large piece in white of gates ajar from the W.R.C.; a large and beautiful wreath of violets and hyacinths from the Afro-American League of Pasaedena; large cluster of violets from the Altar Chapter of All Saints' Church; Mrs. James A. Garfield, widow of the martyred President, sent carnations. Mrs. Robert J. Burdette sent flowers, Mrs. L. A. Costell sent cyca palm leaves, Mrs. Royce purple bell flowers, while there were also others that came in later, the casket being nearly covered with the fair blossoms.

Acting as pallbearers were Dr. Weir, H. H. Massey, R. H. Williams, Mr. Perring, A. K. Nash, W. R. Shepard.

At the grave Mrs. Minnie Porter Baldwin sang very sweetly Cardinal Newman's beautiful hymm, "Lead Kindly Light," and the short impressive service ended with the low toned prayer.

Because of a special wish of Mrs. Thompson's the family will not wear mourning for her and they felt that indeed, there is no need to show outward sign of the deep pain they feel at losin so noble and loving a spirit from their midst, rather wishing to dwell on her greater happiness in being reunnited with those gone before. It was also because of her wish to have all things in connection with her life most simple that they chose to surround her in death with the simplest possible service.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 34999284
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Brown Thompson (18 Feb 1829–15 Jan 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34999284, citing Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by amecoy75002 (contributor 47188315) .