Mrs. Jennie Fordyce Sayers died at her home in Waynesburg, Pa., Oct. 24, 1907, after a
long illness. She was born at Fordyce, Greene county, Pa., Jan. 26, 1850, and spent her
early youth at the home of her birth. She was a thoughful young woman, interested in books
and study, and she taught school for a number of years, first at Eldersville, Washington
county, Pa., and afterwards at East Liverpool, Ohio, and later in her home school. She
studied in Waynesburg College. She was married to Thomas W. Sayers, December 25, 1875.
Since then her home had been at Waynesburg. Though a devoted and faithful wife and mother
she never lost interest in books and study, or in the social and moral welfare of the
community where she lived. She was a charter member and was long president of the
Waynesburg Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and was the first president of the Greene
County W.C.T.U., and held this office for a number of years. She was also for several
years president of the Mothers' Club of Waynesburg, and when she was noonger able to
attend its meetings was elected honorary president. She was, until disqualified by
illness, an interested and helpful member of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific
Circle. She had a rare taste for the beautiful, especially the best things in English
and American poetry. While yet a young girl she joined the Methodist Protestant church
near her home. Afer her mrriage she transferred her membership to the Waynesburg
Cumberland Presbyterian church. For many years she was a faithful teacher in the
Sunday school of this church and was an active member in the Woman's Missionary Society.
She was ever faithful in her attendance at the services and a willing helper in the work.
But her greatest work and best and most lasting influence was in her home. She was the
mother of four daughters. One died in infancy. The other three who survive her are Mrs.
Mary E. Horne, wife of Prof. Charles E. Horne, Morgan Park, Ill., Miss Grace and Miss Lucy,
who with their father , are left in the home. The following brothers and sisters also
survive: James and Capt. John Fordyce of Berwick, Ill.; Mrs. J. B. Lucas of Huston Heights,
Texas; Mrs. Joseph Murdock, Mrs. John Morris, Vincent and Henry Fordyce and Misses Flora
and Ella Fordyce, of Fordyce. Mrs. Sayers' beautiful traits of character, her cheerfulness,
kindness, purity, womanly dignity, her hospitality, thoughtfulness and sympathy for others
and self forgetfulness made her home and her life a benediction and a blessing to everyone
who knew her, or had the privilege of being a guest or visitor in her house. Funeral
services were held from the house on Cumberland street, Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and were
conducted by Dr. J. Calvin Mead, Dr. J. M. Howard and Rev. J. E. Garvin. Interment in
Green Mount cemetery.
Newspaper obituary, source and date unknown. (Greene County, Pennsylvania)
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