Mary Sayers Horne Obituary

Mrs. Mary Sayers Horne

A message which brought deep sorrow to Waynesburg people was received here on Monday, announcing the death of Mrs. Mary Sayers Horne, wife of Professor Charles E. Horne, of Westminster, Colorado, her demise having occurred at eleven o'clock on the Sabbath evening. The message was sent by Prof. Horne to his brotherinlaw, W. C. Montgomery, Esq., and contained no information as to Mrs. Horne's fatal illness. On Tuesday, however, a letter was received by Thomas W. Sayers and family containing this information. The letter was written by Professor Horne on Saturday evening. It stated that Mrs. Horne had suffered from an unusually severe attack of neuralgia on last Wednesday. On Thursday morning she was still suffering from severe pain, which was followed by nausea, and then she fell asleep. At noon she still remained asleep and upon her husband attempting to awaken her she was found unconscious. A physician was quickly summoned and restoratives were applied. Several hours later she awoke in delirium. A specialist from Denver was summoned in attendance and pronounced her ailment meningitis, caused by an obstruction of the nasal tubes. By the advice of the physicians she was taken to a hospital in Denver, on Saturday morning, with the expectation of performing a surgical operation for her relief. At the time of the writing of the letter, Saturday evening, her husband stated no operation had been performed, as the surgeons had decided to make an examination by the X-ray. Her death occurred twenty-four hours later. Mrs. Horne was the eldest daughter of Thomas W. Sayers and Jennie Fordyce Sayers, of Waynesburg, her mother having died five years ago. She was born here, December 22nd, 1876, and was graduated from Waynesburg College in the class of 1899. She was united in marriage to Professor Charles E. Horne, August 8th, 1900. They shortly left for Boston, Mass., where Professor Horne pursued a post-graduate course in Harvard University, and they later spent a year in Germany, where both engaged in study in a university. Upon their return from Europe they located in Chicago, Professor Horne having been elected to the faculty of Morgan Park Academy. Three years ago he was chosen dean of Westminster College, Colorado, where they had since resided. Mrs. Horne was a young woman who possessed rare social qualities and her bright and cheerful disposition won for her many friends. She was a leader in the social life of Westminster College and was an active worker in the Y.W.C.A. She was prominent in the women's organizations of the Presbyterian church, of which she was a devoted member, and was president of the missionary society. She was also a member of the Woman's club, of Denver. Throughout her girlhood and young womanhood, spent in Waynesburg, she was active in Sunday School and Christian Association work and her life proved a benediction to all with whom she came in contact. Her husband and one son, John Sayers Horne, aged four years, survive; also her father, Thomas W. Sayers, and two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Montgomery and Mrs. Harry F. Baily, of Waynesburg. The remains arrived here on Wednesday evening and the funeral will be held from the home of her father, on Cumberland street, at 2 o'clock p.m., on Thursday.

Waynesburg Republican, October 31, 1912 (Greene County, PA)

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