Our entire town was saddened on Monday morning 13 inst, when it learned that Mrs. Margaret Stone had passed away at eleven o’clock the previous night. For some time her condition had been serious, and to please her friends finally consented to removal to a sanitarium, all hoping on operation would receive her, but complications ensued and death came to release her from her suffering and although the sad ending was not quite unexpected, this fact did not in the least allay the sorrow when the dreaded news came.
Mrs. Margaret Scott Stone was born July 5th 1844, and was one of twelve children. Her parents Dr. And Mrs. Scott were among the first families of the south, and gave to their children superior advantages of education and refinement of which Mrs. Stone has always shown rare evidences. Having resided here for twenty years she was widely known and no one was more loved and respected, her most noted characteristic being her cheerful kindly disposition. She loved the young people and they came to her naturally as to a friend. Her grandchildren will sorely miss her, especially the three in whose company she took so much pleasure and care. Her children were untiring in their devotion and were with her the entire time feeling there was nothing too good for “Mamma.”
It is no little honor to have lived such a life, and to have won a place in the hearts of so many people as did this woman and to be missed as she will be.
Mrs. Stone was married twice, her first husband being Rev. Briscoe. He had one son, Warren T. Briscoe to whom she was ever a devoted mother. Mrs. Florence Briscoe Waddill and Mrs. Lizzie Briscoe Kolp are the other children of this union.
She was left a widow still young and later married Mr. James A. Stone at Monroe Louisiana. To this marriage were born Will R., James A., and Kate (Mrs. Emanuel). The only member of this large family remaining is Col. C. B. Scott of Shreveport, Louisiana who arrived in time to meet the sorrowing relatives, but not in time for the services.
She was an Episcopalian by faith and was a honored and devoted member of the Rebekahs of Iowa Park lodge.
A prayer service was held at the home of Mr. And Mrs. F. L. Emanuel, conducted by Rev. E. L. Lawrence of the 1st Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. R. R. Hamlin of the 1st Christian Church, Wichita Falls, after which her remains were brought to Iowa Park, her former home, for internment. The casket covered with beautiful flowers and loving tributes of her friends and her lodge, was borne to the grave in the cemetery and laid to rest with the beautiful ceremonies of her sister Rebekahs in presence of a large concourse of sympathizing friends.
Obituary, Margaret (Scott) Stone. Transcribed from a copy of the original by William R. Emanuel, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.