Mary Switzer

Mary Catherine Ewing was born in Augusta county, Virginia, June 8th, 1852; moved to Fulton county, Ill., in March 1868. She was married to David Switzer Jan. 12th, 1871, to whom she was a real helpmate and kind companion for almost twenty-three years, when death came to her on Dec. 24th, 1893, at the age of forty-one years, six months and sixteen days. Sister Switzer was converted and joined the U. B. church at Motes Chapel on Astoria circuit. Afterward her membership was transferred to the U. B. church in Astoria, where she remained until the Lord of the church said to her, “Come up higher.” As was said of Dorcas to Joppa, so it may well be said of the deceased: “This woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did.” A large congregation of sympathizing friends assembled at the U. B. church where the funeral service were conducted by the Pastor, assisted by Elder D. E. Hughes of the Christian church, on Tuesday Dec. 26th, at 10:30, after which the remains were interred in Astoria cemetery to await the resurrection of the just.

The pall bearers were chosen from the I. O. O. F., of which order Mr. Switzer is a worthy member.

There are left to mourn, brothers and sisters, a kind industrious husband and a sorely afflicted father, but most of them mourn with the Christian’s hope of an eternal reunion above. — D. E. B.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 12/28/1893

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