Hi Miles, I posted the obit for Mary Lowe Hanson Merrick below. Hope that helps.
The obit is indeed in this thread, as you recalled. One suggestion: if you haven't decided on a software or online family tree program, and so you haven't moved all this information into an organized package for yourself, you can do a quickie temporary version of organizing this way:
Start a new blank word processing document on your own computer. Then copy each response you get in each thread. Then paste the response into the word document. That way, you can use the search feature to find anything in that one document.
Leaving the information in the scattered way that it is presented here is not adequate. The set up is such that a person can only see one post at a time. You can't see the continuity of a discussion. You can't find what you need. There's too much to remember. If you can't remember it and it's not in a place where you can find it, ultimately that's the same as not having it.
Volunteer researchers typically won't start a family tree with your family and organize your information. We just go looking for one "bit" at a time and give it to you and trust you to organize it.
Like you, when I searched for the obit, the Genforum search engine did not find it for me. It's a problem.
Also, the Genforum notification system is broken. No one is receiving emails when they get a reply. The system has been broken for many months. Users have discussed this, and concluded Genforum is being allowed to dwindle and will eventually be shut down.
You'll notice that many people post a query, then they never return to read the answers and respond with a thank you (as they should). Some of this is due to bad manners, but for many I'm sure it's just because they don't realize they have had a reply.
"Mary, Daughter of William and Mary Sanderline Lowe was born in Albany, Wisconsin on November 19, 1848. At a tender age she moved with her parents to California. She grew to womanhood in Eldorado City, California and was married to Mr. Hanson. After her husband's death Mary moved to Prescott, Arizona with her two sons, Robert M. and William C. Hanson and her daughter Mary C. (who later became Mrs. Serata). R. M. and William became prominent citizens of Yavapai County, both involved in mining, and Mary E. became the grandmother of ten grandchildren. In the latter 1870's Mary became the bride of Dr. Smith who died in the 1880's.
Mary is remembered as one of the talented women in Arizona for her line of literary work. Her poems attracted wide attention and she contributed to many of the leading magazines, winning high renown for her altruistic ideas. Her home life was also consistently followed along these lines, and her generous nature knew no limit. She figured conspicuously in charitable works and was a strong advocate of woman suffrage and an ardent believer in temperance.
On September 6, 1909 Mary married Joseph P. Merrick in a ceremony the Prescott Courier hailed as the most novel wedding in Yavapai County history. The Courier along with leading merchant and business men of the community sponsored the promotion of a Labor Day marriage and the identity of the couple was not known until they appeared at the front door of the Courier office on their way to the platform for the ceremony where they were married by the "Marring Justice" Charles H. McLane. It was reported that the bride was tastefully gowned in gray silk, elaborately trimmed in pink and white lace carrying a handsome bouquet of white roses, the gift of Mrs. W. N. Kelly. After the ceremony and the presentation of cash reward from the Courier and many valuable presents, the couple were driven to their comfortable bungalow on South Mount Vernon Street in a taxicab, the use of which was donated for the memorable event by John Massing. Mary died on July 23, 1918 at the Pioneer's Home and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery."