Clearfield, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, January 13, 1949, Page 1
Obituary - Mrs. Mary Slattery
Mary Katherine Borngesser, daughter of William and Katherine Borngesser, was
born October 24, 1864, in Dubuque, Iowa. She departed this life at the home of
her daughter, Carrie, of Clearfield, New Year's Eve at the age of 84 years, 2
months, and 7 days.
She was united in marriage December 30, 1884 to William J. Slattery. They
started their life together at Goshen, Iowa, later moving with the town to
Diagonal, Iowa. To this union were born four children. In 1915 she and her
husband moved to Montana where they made their home until his death in 1928.
Since then she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. W. A. McKinstry and
husband in Clearfield.
Early in life she confessed Christ and always took her stand for Him in each
community in which she lived. At the time of her death she was a true and
faithful member of Clearfield Church of Christ.
She was a kind and devoted wife and mother, a true friend, a good neighbor and
was always ready to help those in sickness and sorrow as long as her health
and strength permitted.
Mrs. Slattery was preceeded in death by her husband, an infant son, William
and a daughter, Myrtle. Left to mourn her are two daughters; Mrs. H. G. Todd
of Ryegate, Montana., and Mrs. W. A. McKinstry of Clearfield; one sister, Mrs.
Ed Lambert of Ottawa, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 5
nieces, 3 nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.
Found in her Bible was this poem that she had clipped and saved, and seems to
speak to us:
Shed No Tears for Me
Do not weep o'er me when I am dead
But smile instead.
Happily and safely I shall lie.
Hidden from all the storms that may pass by.
The tender grass will whisper over head
The warm earth fold itself about my bed.
Do not weep for me when I am dead.
Do not weep. I would not have you sad.
I'd have you be glad.
And when no helping word may speak
Some better comforter I'd have you seek.
I'd have you smile and shed not any tears.
For I shall be at rest and free from fears.
Do not weep, but in your memory
One little thought of me tenderly keep.
Submission by Rena Lee, February of 2011
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