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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Laura Bryan Keith

The obituary below was found in the Stephenville Tribune. Laura L. Bryan Keith was my grandfather's (Redic Bryan) youngest sister. Laura died from complications of Typhoid Fever. The above funeral notice was found in the Bible that once belonged to Terrell and Harriet Bryan, my great-grandparents. 

Mrs. Harve Keith died very suddenly Saturday at her home in Dublin after a very short illness. No one was expecting her illness to result seriously and her death came as a great shock to her friends and relatives in Stephenville and Dublin.  

She had always enjoyed good health and no one ever dreamed that the death angel would issue a summon for her to lay aside earthly cares and return to Him who made life possible. She was of a very amiable disposition; and had won quite  a coterie of friends, and will be sadly missed from her accustomed place among them.  

She was but little over 30 years old and leaves a husband and two small daughters. The remains were buried at the West End in this city Sunday, the Rev. J. P. Gilliam conducting the services. His reference to the aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Bryan, the husband, and two little motherless girls was exceedingly affecting, and brought tears to almost everyone who stood near the sound of his voice. 

Her untimely death not only brings dissolution to a once happy home, and robs two little girls of a mother’s watchful care and devotion, but also falls heavily upon the father and mother as she seemed to be their idolized child.
                  From the Stephenville Tribune –back page – July 24, 1908

In the same issue – Reddick Bryan of Big Springs came in Monday. He received the telegram too late to get here in time to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Harve Keith. He spent a few days here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Bryan.


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