Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mary Ann Cox Bennight Obituary

Hi all! 
I came across this transcription of the death notice and obituary published in the local newspaper where my grandmother died in Centralia, Washington. So grateful for the many volunteers who transcribe these things and put them online for all of us to access. There are a few tidbits of information here that I didn't have before. It's always exciting to learn something new about family members.

Isn't family history fantastic? What do you think?
- Loraine

Mollie A. Bennight, wife of Mr. J. E. Bennight, died at the family residence on North Buckner street in this city on the evening of Sunday, January 2, 1915, after a long illness. The immediate cause of her death was tuberculosis.
Mollie A. Cox was born at Vesta, Arkansas, which place was named by her mother, on October 26, 1889. She was married to Mr. J. E. Bennight on January 1, 1909 at Champ, Oklahoma, where she was at that time assistant postmistress. Miss Cox, it is said, was one of the youngest assistant postmistresses in the United States at the time of her appointment.
Mrs. Bennight came to Centralia with her husband about three years ago, Mr. Bennight being interested in the Washington Coal & Mining Company for some time. The deceased, during her comparatively short residence in the city, had made many friends, as was evidenced by the large display of floral offerings at the funeral.
Besides her husband Mrs. Bennight leaves to mourn her loss two small sons, her mother, Mrs. L. J. Cox, of this city, and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Gragg, of Henrietta, Oklahoma.
The funeral services were held from the family residence yesterday afternoon, Rev. L. W. Steele, pastor of the Free Methodist church, officiating. Interment was made in the Mountain View cemetery.

Source: The Centralia Daily Chronicle-Examiner, Tuesday, 5 Jan 1915, front page.
[Editor's note: in the funeral notice, her first name was given as Elsie.]
Transcribed by Jenny Tenlen. She has no further information on this individual.

DIED: Mrs. Elsie Bennight
Mrs. Elsie Bennight, wife of J. E. Bennight, formerly manager of the Washington Coal & Mining Co., died Saturday after a lingering illness. The funeral was held this afternoon from the residence, 425 No. Buckner Street, Rev. Steel officiating. Mrs. Bennight was 25 years of age. She came to Centralia with her husband from Oklahoma.

Source: The Centralia Daily Chronicle-Examiner, Monday, 4 Jan 1915, p. 4.
Transcribed by Jenny Tenlen. She has no further information on this individual.

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