01 October 2013

Schoolmates Almost Idolized Her (Tombstone Tuesday)

Mary's Angel
© 2013 S. Lincecum
MARY OCTAVIA WEAVER PASSES AWAY SUNDAY

SHE HAD HUNDREDS OF OLD AND YOUNG FRIENDS WHO MOURN HER DEATH.


Miss Mary Octavia, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. M. Weaver, passed away at the City Hospital, at 2:30 o'clock yesterday morning, after an illness of about ten days.

The announcement of the death was heralded throughout the city yesterday and caused hundreds of her schoolmates and elder friends, who almost idolized her, to bow down their heads and weep in sorrow. The death is made doubly sad by the fact that her beautiful young life was just blossoming into young womanhood.

The funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. T. D. Ellis officiating.

The body was carried to Greensboro, Ga., leaving Macon this morning at 2:30 o'clock, via the Georgia Railroad. The interment will occur this afternoon in the family lot at Greensboro. [Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 12 November 1906, pg. 2]

Mary Octavia
Nov 14, 1892
Nov 11, 1906

Daughter of W. H. M. & Anna S. Weaver

Of Such Is The Kingdom Of Heaven

How Many Fond Hopes Lie Buried Here

Greensboro City Cemetery
Greene County, Georgia
© 2013 S. Lincecum

An item in the same newspaper, published 10 November 1906 -- likely just hours before Mary passed away, gives the illness from which she had been suffering:
Miss Mary Weaver Ill
Miss Mary Weaver, the 14-year-old daughter of W. H. Weaver, manager of the local Bell Telephone Exchange, is reported as being critically ill at the City Hospital with peritonitis. A large number of both young and old friends wish her a speedy recovery.

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