Fatally Burned When Clothes Catch Fire
Mrs. Gay Nelle Keener, aged 29 years, wife of Merril Keener of Brave, died yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock, at her home as a result of burns received Tuesday evening when her dress caught fire from an open fireplace in her home. Mrs. Keener had been ill but was Convalescent enough to write a letter, during which process she became cold and turned up the gas in the room. In some way her clothing ignited and before assistance could reach her she was badly burned. Her clothes were almost entirely burned from her body. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Phillips, of Blacksville. Mrs. Keener was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Blacksville. Besides her husband and parents she leaves one son, Merril, aged 7 years, and one daughter, Helen, aged five years. Arrangements have not yet been completed for the funeral. The interment will be at Blacksville.
Democrat Messenger, March 5, 1920
Democrat Messenger, March 5, 1920 (Greene County, PA)
FATALLY BURNED WHEN CLOTHING CAUGHT FIRE
When her clothing caught fire at an open grate, Tuesday evening, last, Mrs. Merle Keener, of Brave, was fatally burned. She died Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock.
Mrs. Keener had been ill but was able to be up and was sitting in front of a grate in her home writing a letter. She became cold and turned up the gas and in some manner her clothes caught fire and before assistance could reach her she were [sic] almost entirely burned from her body.
Mrs. Keener was aged 29 years and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Phillips, of Blacksville, W. Va. SHe was a member of the Blacksville Methodist Episcopal church and was highly esteemed. Beside her husband and parents she is survived by two children, Merle and Helen. The funeral was held Saturday and interment was in the Blacksville cemetery.
Waynesburg Republican, March 11, 1920 (Greene County, PA)
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