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 Freddie “Bethena” <I>Alexander</I> Joplin

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Freddie “"Bethena"” Alexander Joplin

  • Birth 1884 Morrilton, Conway County, Arkansas, USA
  • Death 10 Sep 1904 Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 82753051

From the Sedalia Weekly Conservator, Sedalia, MO, September 16, 1904:

Mrs. Freddie, wife of Mr. Scott Joplin, and a bride of only two months, after an illness of seven weeks duration, died Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock p.m. Her death was not unexpected, as she had contracted a cold which developed into a complication of complaints either of which might have resulted in her death.
She was married to Mr. Joplin two months ago at the home of her parents in Little Rock, Ark., and had traveled some with Mr. Joplin who was billed to give piano recitals in western towns. They arrived here seven weeks hence, and from their first day here Mrs. Joplin has been confined to her bed at their rooms at 124 E. Cooper St.
Thruout her sickness Mr. Joplin has administered to every want. Her sister, Miss Lovie Alexander, arrived here last Thursday and was constantly at her side until death separated them.
The interment was in the colored cemetery from the Morgan St. Baptist church. Rev. S.A. Norris preached the funeral which occurred at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
'Tis needless to say that Mr. Joplin has the sympathy of all the community, and we too, who have stood at the bier and took the last look at the face of those dear to us; who have followed in the march, as it would its way to the City of the dead, and there watched the remains lowered, while it seemed that the world had forsook us--we extend our shallow sympathies to him in his bereavement.

(Her remains are presumed to have been moved here from their original burial location along with the others from whichever "colored cemetery" she was buried in. However, she may be in an ummarked Sedalia grave never to be located.)


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  • Maintained by: RobMinteer57
  • Originally Created by: P Fazzini
  • Added: 31 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82753051
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Freddie “"Bethena"” Alexander Joplin (1884–10 Sep 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82753051, citing Crown Hill Cemetery, Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by RobMinteer57 (contributor 47389024) .