DIED -- Thursday evening, March 2nd, at the Slavin residence in Dodge City, Mrs. Mary Slavin, in the 91st year of her age. Mrs. Slavin, maiden name Lynch, was born in Franklin county, Pa., March 1st, 1815, making her life one day over 90 years. Her parents both died when she was a little girl of about four years, leaving her and a brother two years her junior to the care of grand parents. The brother later became successful professor in the college of Meadville, Pa., dying at the age of 47 years. Mary lived till the age of 18 with a Presbyterian family by the name of Sharp at the place after maturity and was thoroughly instructed in the Scriptures and creed of the church. After passing her 18th birthday she went to the home of her grand parents in Poland, Mahoning county, Ohio, where soon after she united with the Presbyterian church under the ministry of Rev. John W. Leard, D.D., later professor in the female seminary at Steubenville, Ohio. In June of 1838 she was married at Steubenville, Dr. Scott officiating, to Mr. Barnabas Slavin, and the home was set up at Poland, Ohio, where she resided till coming to Kansas some forty years later. Nine children were born to them, all growing to years of maturity, but for little girl that was taken away at the age of two years. August 5th, 1866, the father died at the age of 82 years. The only other death, prior to that of the mother, was the son James, who died at the ago of 22 years, in March, 1879. Soon after his death the mother came west to Spearevllle in this county where a son and married daughter had preceded. Later two or three years the mother and part of the family removed to Dodge City, where they have become so widely and favorably known. Three sons and four daughters survive the mother, all of whom but a married daughter, resident of Ohio, were present at the death and funeral of the aged parent. For several years she has been in feeble health, though her mental faculties never seemed in the least impaired by age, and she took as lively interest in all going on as in earlier years, and seemed as much herself.
All her life through she was devoted to her church and the service and worship of God, and exhibited a maturity on Christian character and growth that lent a very marked and unusual beauty and attractiveness to her person and that commanded for her and her household, brought up in the same way, the highest respect and esteem in the entire community.
Funeral services were conducted at the home in this city at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, her pastor, Rev. Dr. Thompson of the Presbyterian church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Barton, of the M.E. church, and music rendered by the Presbyterian church choir, led by Mrs. Harry Hubbard. The interment took place at the cemetery at Speareville Saturday at 11 a.m., many friends, the pastor and choir accompanying and holding a brief service at the grave. Few deaths of persons of as advanced years are recorded in these days, and few of more loved and venerated character.
The Globe Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), March 9, 1905.