Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, January 23, l896
Died -- At Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, January l3, l896, ANNIE MIRBELL HULL, aged fifty years, one month and seventeen days.
A dearly loved wife, mother, sister and friend has crossed the boundary line between the "here" and the "beyond." At a time when she most enjoyed life, when friends were dearest, and all her environments were most conducive to happiness, the silent messenger came and beckoned, and she followed. Loving friends were gathered around her, quietly and anxiously waiting an opportunity to minister to her, but she knew it not, and recognized none of them. At the very beginning of the fatal attack she passed into a deep coma, from which no medical skill could rouse her. Her malady was Bright's diseast of long standing, but all hoped she would live for at least another year. On Monday, January 6th, alarming symptoms developed about noon, and in a few hours she became totally unconscious, in which condition she remained until her death, the evening of January l3th. Friends had been quickly summoned and were soon gathered around her, but the work of death had begun, and no gleam of consciousness was at any time apparent. For seven long days and nights the vigil was kept, each minute of the time creating a hope that possibly she might once more open her eyes and recognize her loved ones; but each minute produced its own disappointment. All remained an utter blank to her, while it was a week of agonized reality to those who watched. She suffered no pain. The end came peacefully. It was simply the flickering and dying out of the vital lamp. Not a moan of anguish escaped her, not the slightest tremor of the flesh, not a single gasp, or sigh; merely an exhaustion of vitality, a cessation of breathing, and she was gone.
ANNIE MIRBELL SHIREY was born at Freeport, Pennsylvania, Nov. 26, l845. September 22, l864, she was married to J.D. HULL. She was the mother of four children: OLIVER E., FRANK G., MERL M. (now MRS. HARRY C. NETHERWOOD), and ZELL M. (now MRS. ARTHUR M. PARDEE). Her husband and children still survive her. The daughters reside at Madison, Wisconsin, FRANK G., at Des Moines, and OLIVER E., at Leon, Iowa. The entire family were present when death came, and in addition her only brother, JAMES SHIREY, of Centerville, Iowa, with his wife, and MARY E. HULL, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, sister of the husband. On January l5th she was buried in a beautiful spot in Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines. She was borne to her grave by her husband, her brother and her two sons -- loving hands thus performing the last sad offices. Tender words of sympathy were spoken by Dr. A.L. Frisbie, Pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church.
The wife, the mother, the sister and the friends has gone forever leaving hearts bowed down, and tears, and blighted hopes, and ashes. The end of a noble and devoted woman has come, and all that remains to bleeding hearts are the remembrances of her great and
pure affection, and her sterling worth.
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October 3l, 2002