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Mrs. F. M. Farquhar

Born May 9, 1859 - Died Feb 25, 1932

Source: Burnet Bulletin, March 1932 (by Mrs. A. H. Jenkins), transcribed by K. Keele, <jrkkee @>, April 2004


Mrs. F. M. Farquhar

It is with an extreme measure of sadness and regret that I write of the death of Mrs. F. M. Farquhar, who passed silently through the dark curtain that hangs between here and the hereafter, and as the hand on the dial was nearing the mid-night hour of February 25th, the curtain swung to and nothing remained but silence and memories. In the home, from whence she was called, there was desolation and grief yet within the circle of those who loved her, there lingered a memory like the sweet perfume of a shattered rose.

Martha Samira Lastly was born on May 9, 1859, in Lampasas County, and practically the entire 73 years of her life was spent in Lampasas and Burnet counties. She was the daughter of Robert and Mahala Eveline Short Lastly. On December 31, 1873, she was married to Francis M. (Frank) Farquhar. To them were born six children, one of whom, Evie, died when a very small child, and another, Sam, died a few years ago. Those remaining are: QuarterMaster Sargeant T. M. Farquhar of Fort George Wright, Washington; M. L. Farquhar of Glendora, California; R. A. Farquhar of Blanco and E. H. Farquhar of Lake Victor. Also one brother, Marcus A. Lastly, survives her. Two of the sons, Albert and Ed, and the faithful husband, together with the lonely brother, were with her at the last.

Aunt Samira became a member of the Baptist church something like forty years ago and remained a consistent member of that body until her death.

A few months ago, while visiting in the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. W. A. Farquhar, she fell and broke her leg just above the knee, and was never able to walk again. She suffered much, however, this was not the direct cause of her death. Everything was done for her that human hands could do, but the fearful malady that gripped her frail body was beyond the help of even an able physician. Through all her wearysome hours, the aged husband stood by her as a true companion and helpmate, comforting and sustaining her to the last. Our hearts go out, especially to him, as he has to continue his lonely path to the end of life's journey.

Her weary body was tenderly laid to rest by the side of her little girl in the Cauble Cemetery. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. A. V. Field at 3 o'clock, Friday afternoon, February 26. Pallbearers were Herman Ellebracht, Forrest Shelby, W. L. Long, M. S. Warner, Neal Fox, and Amos Jenkins.

This stricken family share the deepest sympathy of the community in this hour of bereavement. Let us not doubt that God has a father's pity toward us and that in the removal of that which is dearest to us, He is still loving and kind. Death separates us, but it also unites.

"With reverent touch and low-bowed head
We make our record of the dead;
And bow in humble submission to the will of our Heavenly Father and ask of Him strength to say...Thy Will Be Done"



Note by K. Keele:

The children (all born in Burnet County) of Francis Marion (Frank) and Martha Samira Lastly Farquhar were:

1. Thomas Marion (Tom) b. 6 Nov 1874 Career military and nevermarried.

2. Vina Evaline (Evie) b. 22 May 1876 - d. 20 Nov 1881

3. Samuel Lee ( Sam) b.23 Nov 1877 m. Lizzie May Everett

4. Melvin Lafayette (Lafe) b. 7 Mar 1879 m. Odie Smart & Ella E. Long  - see info about M.L. Farquhar at this external site.

5. Robert Albert (Albert) b. 15 July 1881 m. Grace Hodge

6. Edward Harris (Ed) b. 4 Sept 1883 m. Bertha Lee (Bert) Barrett


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