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Mrs. Mary Ruth Cates

1854 - 1896

Source:  Burnet Bulletin,  8 October 1896

In Memoriam

Died—On the 17th day of September 1896, at 4 o’clock p.m., in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Mrs. M. R. Cates.

    Deceased was born in Hendersonville on the 11th day of September 1854. On the 15th of last June, accompanied by her daughter, Flora, she left her home in Burnet, Texas, for North Carolina, hoping the invigorating climate of the mountains and the scenes of her childhood would tend to improve her already declining health. Despite the ministrations of loved ones and her physician, she was not permitted to return. Her remains were laid away in Hendersonville by her request; the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Gibson of the Baptist church.

    Mrs. Cates was a consistent member of the M.E. Church south, and we do not mourn for her as those without hope. She leaves a husband, one child, many relatives and a host of friends to mourn her death.

    The writer lived with Mrs. Cates’ family for three years, and feels that he could pay no higher tribute to her memory than to say, her house was home. She had that rare faculty of making one feel at home without any apparent effort on her part. All “her boys,” as she called us who lived with her, loved her as a mother, and I know they join me in sympathy with the bereaved ones at home, to whom I would say, “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” 

         Theo. Smith

Smithville, Texas, Oct. 4, 1896

    Judge Cates and daughter, Miss Flora, returned from their sad trip to Hendersonville, N.C., last Wednesday, in good health, although the latter has lately recovered from a slight indisposition brought about by nursing and grief over the loss of her mother.

    Mrs. Cates died, three weeks ago today of consumption. Her last hours were peaceful and not disturbed by much pain, except what results from gradual suffocation. It was her desire to be buried at the home of her childhood, so that the weary and wasted form now reposes in the old family burying ground. Being a professing Christian, her end was spiritually peaceful, her greatest anxiety to live being that she might continue to help care for her only child. Judge Cates says that all that professional skill and the attention of relatives and friends could do, were exerted, but without avail.

    Mrs. Cates died in the prime of a noble and majestic womanhood – being but a little over 42 years of age. The writer had her friendship, and he often thought that he never knew a lady whose carriage and general being more perfectly blended modesty, dignity and a certain Roman stateliness of beauty. After many year of suffering, she sleeps well.

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