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THE WESTERN STAR, 2 May 1896
Obituary of EVA B. STEFFEE
The Death of Mrs. Jno. G. Steffee.

Mr. and Mrs. Jno. G. Steffee who made their home at Coldwater during the first years of their married life, are well known to many of our readers. Mrs. Steffee departed this life at her home in Wichita last week. The following tribute to her memory we clip from the Wichita Eagle of April 26th:

Died - At the hour of noon, Thursday, April 23, 1896, at her home 246 Washington avenue, Mrs. Eva B. Steffee, wife of John G. Steffee, aged 34 years.

Just as the sun had reached the meridian on that beautiful April day, while the clock in the court house tower was still striking the hour of twelve, the shrill whistles of busy shops and factories announced the
midday rest, the children at Washington school broke forth with shout and laughter upon the play ground, and as the church bells called to prayers at noon - all incidents so striking emblematic of her active, cheerful, yet sweet Christian life, the spirit of Mrs. Steffee passed
the boundary of that realm whence no voice is heard. Where no vision penetrates.

A teacher of music, she had a large acquaintance and was intimately known in many homes throughout the city. Her pupils and patrons were her warmest friends. The children loved her and mothers spoke of her in
kindliest terms.

Her funeral was held at Plymouth Congregational church at 2 p.m., conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. S. Gould, assisted by Rev. Don S. Colt. Her pall bearers were six of her boy friends and pupils. The casket was placed in the receiving vault of Maple Grove cemetery. The final
interment will occur within a few days.

"Our dead are never dead to us until they are forgotten." Her memory, like sweet prayers learned in childhood, will be held in kindly everlasting remembrance and sweeten the communion with those who yet remain.

To those who knew and loved her best, no worthier tribute can be expressed in words than the beautiful lines of Lowell:
Like a lone star through riven storm clouds seen
By sailors, tempest tossed upon the sea,
Telling the rest and peaceful heavens high,
Unto my soul her star like soul hath been.
Her sight as full of hope and calm to me;
For she unto herself hath builded high.
A home serene, wherein to lay her head
Earth's noblest thing, a woman perfected.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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