Sunday, July 6, 2014
Mrs. W.J. Harris 1890's, Rose Hill, Kansas
According to her Find a Grave memorial, Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe Harris had "No special gifts or peculiarities of mind or body. She was very easy to get along with and made many friends. For amusements she liked to read." and was a "Very active church member." It also says she had "Mumps, Measles in childhood. Dark brown hair, Straight hair, Blue eyes, Blond skin, Right handed. Heavier in old age. Chronic stomach trouble. Good hearing until last few years."
Her obituary reads: "Mrs. W.J. Harris passed away Friday morning, May 3rd. In the passing away of Mrs. Harris another Land mark has been removed. She was a very active church worker all her life until the last few years. She could not get out but has always shown a great interest and was always asking about her church and regretting she could not help. She was the main factor in organizing the Ladies Aid Society and was the president from the time of its organizing in the eighties until the last few years and held an honorary office up to her death. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Pents.
Ann Elizabeth Ratcliffe was born in Geneva, New York. She passed away aged 80 years, 5 months and 2 days. She was married October 15, 1856 and moved to Illinois. They then moved to Topeka in 1877 and to Rose Hill in 1879, locating at the present home east of town. The following children survive: W.N. Harris, Mrs. Anna McWilliams, Miss Laura and Miss Sarah Harris, all of Rose Hill; Mrs. Ida Berry of Mecca, Indiana, Mrs. Emma Vickers of Wichita, J.M. Harris of Chicago."
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