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Elizabeth “Libbie or Sarah” Curtis Colvin

North Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Death 15 Aug 1943 (aged 80)
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 80, Lot 254
Memorial ID 81681215 · View Source
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Elizabeth Colvin, Sister of Charles Curtis, Dies Here
End Comes Sunday to 81-year-Old Member of Pioneer Family

Mrs. Elizabeth Curtis Layton Colvin, 81, sister of the late Charles Curtis, former Vice President of the United States and long-time Senator from Kansas, died Sunday afternoon at her home, 715 Polk Street, after a lingering illness. She had been in poor health five years.
Mrs. Colvin was born September 2, 1862, in North Topeka, altho that section of the city still was the town of Eugene. Her parents were early Kansas pioneers. Her father Orrin A. Curtis, was an ardent abolitionist and took an active part in the struggle to make Kansas a free state. During the Civil War he fought with the 15th Kansas Calvary. Her mother was Helene Pappan, a member of the family that operated a ferry across the Kaw River before the first bridge was built.
Mrs. Colvin was married to Joseph E. Layton Dec. 24, 1876; divorced August 29, 1886. She married Jerome Ashby Colvin, April 13, 1892.

Active in Social Life

Mrs. Colvin made her home in Topeka her entire life and for many years was prominent in civic, club and social circles. She was a past matron of Helena Chapter No. 210, Order of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the Ellwell Club, and a member of the Episcopal Church and the Woman's Club.
Her husband, the late Rome Colvin, was a great lover of horses, was in the livery business and operated a sales barn for many years. Altho he saw the age of the motor car replace the horse to a large extent, he refused to retire from his favorite business. He continued to carry on a successful business until his death several years ago.

Two Sons Survive

Mrs. Colvin is survived by two sons, J. Oran Layton, former register of deeds of Topeka, now of Longview, Texas; and William Colvin, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a half-sister, Mrs. Dolly Gann of Washington D.C.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at Grace Cathedral, but the time will not be set until after the arrival of her sister from Washington DC. Friends may see the body at Parker's Mortuary from 4 o'clock this afternoon until the funeral hour. Burial will be in Topeka Cemetery.

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