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Sarah Jane (Nicholson) Hornsey Bates 1846-1910

Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
January 7, 1910
Page 1

Mrs. W.A. Bates Dead

Death has again invaded the ranks of our older citizens and claimed for his trophy this time Mrs. Sarah Bates, who passed away on Monday morning, January 3rd, at 4 o'clock, after an illness of a week's duration.

Mrs. Bates was born at Potosi, Washington county, December 6th, 1846, and died at her home in Waynesville, as above stated, aged 63 years.

She was married to Wm. D. Hornsey in 1867 and to this union were born four children. Mr. Hornsey died at an early age leaving Mrs. Bates to raise her children by the work of her own hands, which she did with Christian fortitude. She was united in marriage to W.A. Bates of this city in November, 1904, and came at once to take up responsibilities as mistress of the Bates home, assuming the care of 4 children, three of whom were little ones at that time. She was pronounced by the household and those who were closest associated with her as one of the best of mother's, and one whose memory cannot be effaced- no other can fill the place of mother to this bereft family.

Hers was a laden of love- always happy and cheerful and we could not find language to express how she will be missed in the home where is left an aged husband upon whom the hand of affliction has been heavily laid, and two sons and two daughters, who will miss mother's council and advice.

Of her own family she leaves two sons, one living at Potosi and one in the west, and two daughters, Mrs. C.W. Shields, of Caruthersville, and Miss Mattie Hornsey of Fredericktown, Mo.

The two daughters arrived here only a few hours before their mother passed away and they left Monday afternoon with the remains for Potosi, where she was laid away in the family lot at her old home amid the ears and sighs of the friends of her youth. In her death a shadow of gloom has been cast over our little village and we can only say "Thy will be done" and that we were made better by her having lived among us.

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