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Mary Jane (Holman) Tanner
1850 - 1929

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 4 Aug 1929
Transcribed by Edna Cheatham, June 2010

Mrs. S. S. Tanner

On Sunday afternoon July 21, 1929, Mrs. Mary Jane Tanner, wife of S. S. Tanner now deceased, passed from this life.  The remains were taken to Burnet Monday for interment in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery by the side of her husband and son.  The funeral service was conducted by Bro. L.V. Nobles, a minister of the Church of Christ.  The active pall bearers were:  Dayton Behrns, Frank Tow, Bill Farris, E. L. Hallmark.  Almost the entire population of Tow Valley and people from Bluffton, Burnet and perhaps other places were present to show their love and respect for our beloved friend and neighbor.

Mrs. Tanner, (Mary Jane Holman), was born in Texas in 1850 and Texas has been her home the entire 79 years of her life.  She was married to John Eckland Tanner in 1874, to this union a daughter, Lena was born.  Several years after the death of her first husband she married his brother S. S. Tanner in Burnet in 1885. Where the new hotel in Burnet now stands was the old Tanner home site. A son Barney, came to be a joy to his parents until his death eight years ago.

In 1896 Mrs. Tanner with her family moved to Tow and located on the Burnet County side of the Colorado where she lived the remainder of her life.

Yes, Aunt Jane has fallen asleep to awaken in that Heavenly home, that God has prepared for those who love Him, and Aunt Jane did love Him as she manifested, not be long prayers in public places, but “in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me.”  She made no distinction she loved all whom she met.  In all the years the writer has known Aunt Jane I have never heard her make an unkind remark, and when others mentioned her it was always with love.  She had no enemies, no one could feel Aunt Jane’s hand shake and kiss and look onto her face free from all malice and full of love and be her enemy.  Tho we feel we need her presence and example we must learn to say “Thy will be done,” and get what comfort we can in knowing she was ready and willing to go, and think of her awakening in that home where eternal joy is promised.

She leaves a daughter, Miss Lena Tanner, three nieces whom she mothered after the death of their own mother, Mrs. C. M. Morgan, Mrs. T. W. W. Tumlinson, and Mrs. V. H. Farris, a brother T. J. Holman of Lamesa and a sister, Mrs. Sallie Cherry of Cleveland, Texas and many friends who will feel her loss.

Card of Thanks

I desire to express my appreciation to my many friends for their kindness, assistance, and many words of love and sympathy given me during the long illness and death of my beloved mother.  May the Heavenly Father reward each and every one of you for your kind and noble deeds.

I also wish to thank you for the beautiful floral offering, and especially do I thank Brother Noble for his comforting words.

Lena Tanner

The above appeared in The Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, August 4, 1929

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