The Shelby Republican
Mrs. Mary G. Wallar died Sunday
morning at ten o'clock at her home on West Mechanic street. The following
story of her life was prepared by a friend:
Tuesday, August 29, 1899
A LIFE OF LOVE.
Mrs. Mary Gay Wallar, After a Life
Usefullness, Passes Away.
Mary Gay Hatch
was born in Greenfield, Ind., August 15, 1847. Her father is well
remembered by many in Shelbyville as he was a teacher here in the 50's.
Her mother died when the daughter was only two years old. She was then
taken by her grandmother, Mrs. Doughty, with whom she lived
as a daughter until her marriage. She was most lovely and devoted,
sacrificing all advantage to self that she might do all she possibly could for
her foster parents as they advanced in age.
Nurtured in a Christian
home, the church soon became her second home. From childhood she has been
active in all the work of the church, loving and helpful to all with whom she
came in contact. She has been specially efficient here as a leader in
Christian Endeavor work. She was married to Z. B. Wallar,
May 19, 1880, and their two daughters, Bessie and Beulah,
survive her. in the home she was a devoted and self sacrificing mother,
and leaves to her two daughters in the memory of such a life a priceless
heritage. She had been failing in health for several months but not until
June 8th did she give up and take to her bed. Her last illness has been
severe and painful, doubtless far beyond the thought of those nearest her.
A niece and a brother have been with her during the latter half of her
illness. The funeral will be from the late residence, No. 33 [3? - there
is a fold in the copy] West Mechanic street, at 4 p.m. [or 1 - another fold],
August 29th. The services will be conducted by Rev. M. L. Tressler, of the
Presbyterian church. Interment in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of
Edwards & Hageman.
The casket will be open
from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Daily Democrat
The angel of death has
touch the lintels of the doors of three happy homes in this city, within the
past twenty-four hours, and forever stilled the hearts of the heads of three
families. In both instances the visit of the dread messenger was not
wholly unexpected. Worn and weary by months of intense suffering, the
vital forces of each were well-nigh exhausted days ago, and the end came to all
peacefully and quietly. Mr. Z. B. Waller, the well-known
furniture manufacturer, died at twelve o'clock last night, Thomas S.
Ellis, ex-Justice of the Peace, breathed his last at the residence of
his mother-in-law, at about two o'clock this morning, and John H.
Newton died at 10:30 this morning.
Tuesday, January 5, 1892
DEATH OF THREE
Well-Known and Highly Esteemed
Citizens Last Night and To-day
Mr. Waller had been
prostrated for nearly a years, with what his attending physician, Dr.
W. G. McFadden, pronounced Cancer of the Bowels. A post -mortem
examination will be held this evening, to fully determine the nature of the
malady. Squire Ellis was suffering from the effects of the
prevailing disease, La Grippe, and his never strong constitution, weakened by
sickness contracted in the army, could not throw off its deadly hold. His
last attack occurred only about one week ago, and he daily grew worse until an
early hour this morning, when death put an end to the sufferings of a popular
Zachariah B. Wallar
was for years a prominent dry goods merchant of this city. During the
past twenty years, however, he has been associated with the well-known furniture
manufacturing firm of Conrey, Waller & Deprez. He held an interest in
that plant up to the time of his death. He was a member of the Christian
church of this city, and in all matters pertaining to the affairs of his church
he was conscientious and devout. In his business and family relations and
in the social circle he was admired, trusted and honored. Generosity,
kindness and charity were chief characteristics. A Friend to young men was
also a prominent element of his character, and many a wild young man of this
city remembers with gratitude the kindly interest in them which led him to seek
them and to try to save them.
The following brief
autobiography was handed us to-day: "I, Z. B. Waller,
was born Dec. 10, 1824, in Guernsey county, Ohio, ear Cambridge. Moved
with my parents in 1835 to Hancock county, Ind., hear Greenfield, and came to
Shelbyville in December, 1846. Was married to Miss Mary Smith,
Feb. 17, 1850, who died July 29, 1876. And on May 19, 1880, was married
to Miss Mary Gay Hatch, at Knightstown." The first
wife of deceased was a sister of Mrs. E. G. Mayhew, also
deceased, and Mrs. James Brady, of East Broadway. To them six
children were born, two of whom are now living, Mrs. R. N. Harrison
and Mrs. Ollie Spellman, wife of Charles Spellman,
deceased. Two daughters were the fruits of the last marriage, Bessie
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Jed Heald
The Shelby News
Bell, eldest daughter of Z. B. and Mary Waller,
departed this life January 13th, 1871; aged 20 years and 11 days.
February 2, 1871
Sister Bell made the good confession and gave herself
to Jesus the Christ in her 15th year, and was immersed by Elder George Campbell,
a pioneer preacher among the Desciples [sic] of Christ in Indiana. She united with the Church of Christ in
Shelbyville, and continued an amiable and faithful member until her decease. She thus obtained an interest
in the special promise, "They who seek the Lord early shall find him," and left an example to all
her young friends to "Remember their Creator in the days of their youth."
A loving and loved one of earth, beloved by all who
knew her; always at her place in the Church and Sunday School when health permitted. Inheriting a feeble
constitution, she seldom, if ever, knew the enjoyment of health yet amidst her bodily infirmity, she exhibited
a mind active and strong; mastering science and language with alacrity, and making commendable progress in the
acquisition of music.
Her final sickness final sickness commenced with whooping-cough,
terminating in a complication of disease, which soon baffled the skill of the physician, and set her longing spirit
free----. Her sufferings were intense, but she bore them with
Christian fortitude, and died in the full assurance
of Eternal Life. In her last hours she frequently remarked, "Another white rose has fallen." She
longed to be "Absent from the body and present with the Lord," and often with more or less clearness
tried to sing the beautiful stanza:
Though dreary the empire of night,
last words, "The struggle will soon be over. Jesus is calling; I am ready and anxious to go. I
dread not to die, I fear not the grave; for one hour in heaven is worth many on earth. Wait dear brother
and sister, I'll be with you soon----wait just a little longer." Repeatedly she enquired how long till
Friday morning, "I'll be in Heaven then." At a quarter of 3 o'clock she fell asleep in Jesus; the
angels came and carried her away to the Paradise of God.
I soon shall emerge from its gloom,
And see immortality's light
Arise on the shades of the tomb.
The funeral was attended from the Christian Church
by a large concourse of citizens, embracing her schoolmates dear, to whom she was much attached. A few fragmentary
remarks were made by the writer upon the petition.
"Let me died the death of the righteous."
Amidst aching hearts, throbbing breasts and streaming
eyes, all telling of love, affliction and sorrow, with funeral step and solemn tread we followed her remains to
the grave, where her schoolmates gathering close to the opening tomb, sang so pathetically that heart stirring
song, "They are going down the valley," then we bade her adieu until we meet her among the
white-robed throng around the great "White Throne."
S. R. W.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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