News of the death of little Lavina Wipperman was received with deep and universal regret. About noon on Thursday last, at the Wyoming General Hospital in this city, she passed away apparently without much pain.
Although the brief but precious life of this beautiful child may in a sense, be compared with the delicate flower that opens its petals to the rising sun, blooms through a day of sunshine and warmth, and at evening withers and dies, withal the comparison is not complete. The body dies, indeed, but for the whole man there is no death. The soul, the principle of life lives on. Little Vina appeared for a brief time in the fragrant garden of innocent childhood, but the cold hand of night has not plucked her out of existence; rather let us hope that this odorous rose has been transplanted in the garden of the gods.
Miss Lavina was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Wipperman, who for years were highly respected citizens of Rock Springs, and who moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, some two years ago. Miss Vina counted her friends by the hundreds, both here and in Idaho Falls. Her younger sister, Clara, whose sweet and angel-like figure it has given us extreme pleasure to see amongst us for the past few days, still remains to grace, cheer and brighten a happy home.
Naturally, however, her death brought deep pangs of grief to the hearts of her fond parents, her relatives and friends, for it is hard to part with one so lovable and so good.
Born in Rock Springs, September 24th, 1893, Miss Wipperman was in her eleventh year. Were the determining of her age a matter of conjecture a wonderful precociousness, charming refinement and rare prudence would lead us to judge that she must have at least reached her teens. She was successful in all her studies, and displayed a well defined aptitude for music, but the passion which dominated her more than any other was a tender love of God and of her parents. When spoken to of things sacred, it delight the listeners and touched the pride of her Christian parents to hear the decennial child remark: "I always dearly loved such things."
In her home at all times obedient and charmingly docile, she studied even the means to be helpful, and when the sad hour came when she could not give, but needed help, she then would tax sparingly of the kindness of others, saying, "Oh mamma, you must be so tired."
She had for some years been afflicted with that dread malady appendicitis, which each year claims so many victims.
Two years ago she was treated by Dr. R. Harvey Reed, who then deemed an operation highly advisable, as the trouble had yet but entered the incipient stage, for appendicitis delay is particularly hazardous. Towards the evening of Easter Sunday the attack returned with increased vehemence, and next morning the family came to Rock Springs for the operation. This operation was performed Tuesday with unusual skill and care, leading all to hope for a speedy recovery, provided no unforeseen complication set in. However, at early morning Thursday, the dreaded complications appeared, and despite the skill and closest attention of the doctors and nurses, the child grew weaker and finally passed away with the greatest peace at noon Thursday, surrounded by her grief-stricken parents and relatives.
The body was taken for interment to Idaho Falls Thursday night, the parents desiring that she whom they so dearly loved in life, should be close to them even after death.
Comfort to the parents and afflicted relatives and God's holy peace to the deceased, is the sincere wish of the Miner.
(Rock Springs Miner #17, Apr 29, 1905; obit courtesy Angela Cable)
Mother: Nellie. Father: Albert
Gravesite Details Known by her middle name
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