Monday, January 24, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Margaret (Newby) Boyer

December 24, 1904 - April 18, 1939

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Margaret was the youngest child of Charles Lee and Ida May Trowbridge Newby and the little sister of my maternal grandmother, Mary Fern Newby Runyan. She married Joseph C. Boyer, son of Charles and Rosa Sidenspenner Boyer, on 15 January 1923 and they had 3 children: John Neil, Bernice Jean (died in infancy), and Jack Newby Boyer. It was devastating to the whole family when Margaret died of pneumonia at the age of 34.

The obituary below is transcribed from the newspaper clipping found among my grandmother's keepsakes, probably clipped from the Knightstown Banner.

Mrs. Margaret Boyer
Funeral Services To Be Held Friday Afternoon.
By Special Correspondent.
KNIGHTSTOWN, April 19 - Mrs. Margaret Boyer, 34, died last night at the Henry County hospital. She had been a resident of Knightstown all her life and was taken to the hospital only yesterday. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lawrence Runyan of Lewisville; a brother, Maurice Newby of Lowell, Ind.; and the mother, Mrs. Charles Newby of Knightstown.  Funeral Services will be at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Wilson funeral home in Knightstown with the Rev. Ernest Addison officiating. Burial will be at Glencove cemetery.

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