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Pauline Bates Clapper obituary

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June 1927

Bates Cor.
     On Monday June 27th at about the noon hour the Silent Messenger entered the Albany City Hospital and when it departed about one hour later it carried with it the Spirit of Pauline Bates Clapper. On June 14th Pauline Bates Clapper gave birth to a daughter. At first hopes were entertained for her recovery but days later complications set in and on Saturday June 19 her condition became so serious that her physician advised that she be taken to a hospital. At the hospital everything that medical skill and loving hands could do was done but gradually she kept drifting away from those who loved her so well and on Monday she fell asleep.
     Mrs. Clapper was born at Bates 23 years ago and was the youngest daughter of Grant and Hattie Wilsey bates. She had always lived in our midst until eleven months ago when she became the bride of Philip Clapper of Mackey where the remainder of her young life was spent. At an early age she became a member of the Christian church and was ever a faithful worker in the Sunday school. Surviving her are her husband an infant daughter, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Grant bates, two sisters Mrs. Doyle Haskin and Mrs. Stanley Haskin of Potter Hollow, besides a host of loving friends.
     We wonder why one so young and with as bright a future as Pauline should have been taken but Gods ways are not ours and while we submit to His will knowing He doeth all things well let us think that the loved one has just passed out of the shadows. Into a purer light; Slipped behind the curtains; to get a clearer sight; passed out of the Shadows. Into Eternal Day.
     We do not call it dying. She has only gone away.

Pauline Clapper
July 10, 1927

From Bates Cor.
     Many hearts were saddened on Monday, June 27th, when it was learned that Pauline Bates Clapper had passed away at the Albany City Hospital where she was taken for treatment on June 19th. Mrs. Clapper was born at Bates 23 years ago and was the youngest daughter of Grant and Hattie Wilsey Bates. She had always lived in our midst until eleven months ago when she became the bride of Philip Clapper of Mackey and where the remainder of her young life was spent.
     Early in life she became a member of the Christian Church and was also a faithful worker in the Sunday School. She is survived by her husband, an infant daughter, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Bates; two sisters, Mrs. Stanley Haskin and Mrs. Doyle Haskin of Potter Hollow, besides hosts of friends who mourn that one so young and with so bright a future should be taken from our midst. Her funeral was held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Baptist Church, Flat Creek. Interment in the new Gilboa cemetery.


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