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 Elizabeth “Grandma” <I>McCaffrey</I> Fee

Elizabeth “Grandma” McCaffrey Fee

County Cavan, Ireland
Death 24 Jan 1901 (aged 89)
Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming, USA
Plot Row K Lot 26 Space 7
Memorial ID 77211839 · View Source
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Mrs. Elizabeth Fee, for more than a quarter of a century known and revered by old and young alike throughout this community, died at 10:56 a.m. today, aged 89 years, 8 months and 5 days.

It was the supreme privilege of this venerable woman, despite her advanced age, to retain to the last moment her fundamental faculties and to pass peacefully from earth surrounded by her entire family with the exception of two daughters, whom the telegrams 'sent when the end seemed inevitably near did not reach in time to enable them to get here before the final call came.

Mrs. Fee, whose maiden name was Elizabeth McCaffrey, was born in County Cavan, Ireland, May 20, 1811. She became the wife of Thomas Fee in 1836, the marriage being solemnized in County Leltram, Ireland, and came to America in 1853, her husband having preceded her one year and prepared a home for his family at Dunkirk, N.Y. This was before the days of the swift ocean liners, and Mrs. Fee, with her children, was six weeks in making the passage across the Atlantic in a sailing vessel.

There had at that time been born to Mr. and Mrs. Fee two daughters and four sons, namely: Bridget, now Mrs. Gallagher, of Davenport, Ia ; John; Philip, now of Denver; Larry, Terrance and Mary, all of whom are living with the exception of the latter, (Mrs. Murphy), who died in this city three years ago. There were afterwards born to them one son, Dennis, in, Illinois, and a daughter, Ellen, in Iowa, now Mrs. David Hickey of Ogden, Utah.

The father of this family assisted in building the New York and Erie railroad and upon its completion in 1856 removed with his wife and children to Chicago; thence, in 1857, to Kenosha, Wis.; a year later to Clinton county, Ia., and finally, March 17, 1872, to Laramie, then a city of tents and a large floating population. This step was taken because the eldest son, John, had come here in '68, followed by Terry and Larry, in '69, and both were pleased with the outlook in the country just being opened up by the Union Pacific. From that time to the present the Fee family has been prominently identified with the growth and development of this city and county, in which no name is more nearly a household word, while the number of their friends is legion.

Thomas Fee, upon his arrival here, went to the hills with his son Larry and helped to cut the logs with which to build the homestead on the west side, which he did not live to see develop into one of the prettiest and most fertile ranches on the Big Laramie. He died Dec. 3, 1873, and it was in the same room, in the same house that Mrs. Fee, at her own request, was permitted to breathe her last. The loss of her husband was keenly felt by this devoted wife and so preyed upon her that it affected her heart, though her death was due wholly to the ravages of time upon a naturally powerful constitution.

In this home Mrs. Fee spent the remainder of her years, which were destined to be many, and it was here that she became beloved of many for her kindly courtesy, her genial disposition and the unstated hospitality she dispensed. She had a welcome for all and a charity as broad as the ocean. She was the friend of everybody and everybody was her friend.

Mrs. Fee was ever an industrious worker and her health and strength seemed inexhaustible. All her life long she was a devout communicant of the Roman Catholic church and her devotion as a wife and mother is well known wherever her lot was cast. It was not until two weeks ago that evidences of the approaching end became indisputable. She realized that her days were numbered and she did not murmer. At times she was obliged to remain in her bed, and again she would rally and go about the house, or even into the yard. Her mind was as clear as that of a young woman of twenty, and she knew and was happy in the presence of her children.

Five minutes before she breathed her last she turned to one of the attendants at her bedside and asked if she thought the end was near, adding that she herself thought it had never been so near before. Soon after she quietly and painlessly fell into the last long sleep.

Mrs. David Hickey of Ogden, who had been summoned by telegraph, arrived on No. 4 today, unfortunately, too late to see her mother alive. Mrs. Gallagher of Davenport has not arrived, and it is not certain that she will be able to attend the funeral, which will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, at which hour requiem mass will be celebrated.

"Grandma" Fee, as she was affectionately known, leaves twenty-six grand children and nine great grand children, who, with her sons and daughters, will perpetuate the name she did so much to make respected in this city and county of her adoption.

© Daily Boomerang no. 260 January 25, 1901, page 3

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