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Eleanor Manning Frisbie obituary

Mrs. Eleanor Manning Frisbie
January 23, 1930

     Entered into rest on Thursday, January 16, at 4:15 p. m., Mrs. Eleanor Manning Frisbie, beloved wife of Daniel Dodge Frisbie, former speaker of the Assembly, in her 70th year, at the family residence in Middleburgh.
     Afflicted for more than three years with pernicious anemia, she adhered to a rigid diet with spar--- courage, finally meeting the inevitable fate, despite the best efforts of medical skill and nurses, with resignation but sustained by the Christian's hope of immortality.
     Mrs. Frisbie was born in Middleburgh, N. Y., September 6, 1860, the daughter of Nathaniel Manning and Mary A. Chase. She attended the village schools and completed her education at the Classical Institute of Professor Charlouis, an institution that in her youth enjoyed a wide reputation. Early in life she evinced an interest in music that was cultivated fully and afforded pleasure to herself and to her family and friends.
     Mrs. Frisbie was devoted to her home upon which she lavished artistic skill, to her family whose home training, education and progress through life she sought by every effort a mother could exert. her devotion to St. Mark's Lutheran Church of which she was a life-long member, was shown by her activity in the affiliated organizations, the Sunday School, the choir, Ladies Aid Society and Missions.
     Tracing her ancestry to New England to those who came there in the Mayflower, she was an ardent adherent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member and officer of Schoharie Chapter, several times a delegate to the national conventions held in Washington, D. C. She was also chairman of the committee having charge of the erection of the boulder with its bronze plate marking the site of the Middle Fort of Revolutionary days located just north of the village of Middleburgh and personally raised the sum necessary to defray its cost. She was also a life member of the American Bible Society and the Manning Association, whose annual meeting it was her pleasure to attend two years ago at Billerica, Mass.
    During her husband's service to the country and state at Albany, she met with skill and tact the social demands which came to her and her husband especially during the term of Governor John A. Dix. When it became necessary for Mr. Frisbie, as Commissioner at the Panama-pacific Exposition at San Francisco, to spend a period of time there as host at the state building, she fully met the exacting social duties of the position. returning she gracefully resumed the quiet home life in her native town, striving to make the home and its surroundings more attractive than before.
     Services were held Sunday at her late home at 2 p. m., her pastor, the Rev. Olney E. Cook, of St. Mark's Lutheran church, conducting a brief but impressive service in which her peaceful passing into life eternal was emphasized. Floral tributes from many friends expressed the esteem and affection in which she was held. Bearers were William S. Dunn of Schoharie, Postmaster Ernest K. Smith, Charles Shaylor, Jr. and Russell Bergh of Middleburgh. Burial was in the family lot in the Middleburgh cemetery.
     She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Miss Cornelia M. Frisbie of Middleburgh, two sons United States Commissioner G. Norton Frisbie of Middleburgh, Daniel M. Frisbie of Schoharie; a sister, Mrs. Cornelia M. Buracker of Baltimore, Md., and several nephews and nieces and cousins and three grandchildren.

There is no death, the stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
they shine forever more.

There is no death, the dust we tread
Shall change beneath the summer showers
To golden grain or mellowed fruit.
Or rainbow tinted flowers.

The granite rocks disorganize
And feed the hungry moss they bear
The forest leaves drink daily life
From out the viewless air.

There is no death, the leaves may fall,
And flowers may fade and pass away;
They only wait, through wintry hours,
The coming of the May.

And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread,
For all the boundless universe
Is life - there are no dead.


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