Mary Rogers

Sister Mary Swisher was born in Miffin County, Pa., September 28, 1840. Having been left motherless almost from infancy. She came to Illinois when but a small child, in charge of a family named Morrison, she settled in Fulton County near Canton. In the year 1861 the subject of our sketch was united in marriage with John Wright, who died in 1871. Three children were born to this union: May Danner, Charley Wright and Ollie Wright, which live to mourn their keenly felt loss. In March 1873 she was again united in marriage to Howell Rogers who, with the two boys born to this second marriage, Josiah and Willie bows in sad submission to this fearful blow. Sister Rogers united with the Christian church of Astoria, under the preaching of Henry Smithers, in 1868 or 25 years ago. On Friday evening the 11th inst. without warning she was ushered into the great beyond, but for twenty-five years, had on the wedding garment she was not afraid before the King. All who have known her in the past years of her life, united in expressing the highest appreciation of her Christian deportment. She came to Astoria from Iowa a few weeks since to visit once more her relatives and friends, little thinking it was to say good bye ’till the resurrection morning. She has “fought a good fight.” The clashing of steel in the great battle of life has given place to the symphonies of heaven. The feet after 25 years steady march in the highway of His holiness here, tread now the golden sands of “deliverance” share. The disposition always sunny and bright, has eclipsed its own brightness as it gathers the eternal sunbeams from the “father of lights” and the joybells of heaven sing with louder, sweeter peals as our loved ones join the redeemed throng. “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord” and thrice blessed the children who following their Christian example, gather enough light from their glorious life to light the path to heaven.
— H.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 8/17/1893


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