Mary Adelaide <I>Fry</I> Andrews

Mary Adelaide Fry Andrews

Death 2 Feb 1948 (aged 85)
Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Sec. 4; Lot 92
Memorial ID 62317799 · View Source
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Mary Adelaide Fry Andrews, 85, widow of the late State Senator William H. Andrews died at 9 o'clock yesterday morning in the Crawford county Infirmary near Saegertown after a long illness.

She was a great granddaughter of Thomas Atkinson, a member of the first State Legislature and editor of the first newspaper published west of the Allegheny mountains. She was born in Meadville on December 1, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Fry.

She was married to Senator Andrews on June 30, 1881, and when he was a merchant with a fine dry goods store in the old Brunswick Hotel Building, now the site of the YMCA tennis court on West Spring Street. He later served as chairman of the Republican County committee for three terms and was chairman of the state committee for three terms. He spent two terms in the Assembly and then was elected to the State Senate. Later he was delegate to Congress from the Territory of New Mexico, but was defeated for United States Senator from that state when it entered the union.

They had two children, Marguerite, who died in infancy, and William Stanley Andrews, who now lives at Shaws Landing near Meadville and is employed by the Erie RR, a step-daughter, Mrs. Belle Witherop, is thought to be residing in Erie.

Upon attaining prominence in politics, Senator Andrews became a man of affluence and his wife presided over the East Main Street home, now divided and occupied by Lessor E. Levy and Dr. H. David Sharp, that became a synonym for luxurious living and lavish entertainment here. Mrs. Andrews was a woman of much physical beauty which was combined with a most pleasing personality and a kindly disposition. She had a host of friends in this entire region and the hospitality of the home was known widely in this state and beyond.

While Senator Andrews was praised as a man of highest integrity, financial misfortune overtook the family. After his death, the family moved to Shaw's Landing where Mrs. Andrews remained until failing health forced her to go where she would be cared for.

Mrs. Andrews possessed a brave spirit that adversity did not impair. When she was past 80, she became paralyzed on her right side and she learned to write with her left hand. The writer of this article had several brief notes from her during the past few months. Her mental faculties remained unimpaired and she read newspapers and magazines to the very last. She was a daily reader of the Titusville Herald. She never lost interest in the town where she spent many happy years, and said a few weeks ago to a friend who visited her at Saegertown: "I had many friends in Titusville but nearly all have passed on." The memory of Mrs. Andrews will be cherished by the relatively few acquaintances that remain in Titusville.

The body was removed to the Byham funeral home at Meadville where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., with interment beside her husband in Greendale cemetery.

Titusville Herald, 03 Feb 1948, p. 6, Titusville, Pa.

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