1881 Obituary & Death Notice of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood

Headstone of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood.
St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery Monroe, La.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881

Mrs. Jennie Calderwood, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, died in this city the night of the 31st, after four months’ patient suffering, and but a few days after completing her 34th year.  Mrs. Calderwood was born in Port Gibson, Miss, and was the niece of Mr. Henry O’Kelly and the sister of William and Thomas O’Kelly.  She leaves a little girl three years old to be reared by some other than her mother, but fortunately by an aunt [Mrs. Margaret Calderwood Harris of Alexandria, La.] to whose affectionate keeping she will be consigned by the sorrowing father.  The “iron tongue of time” had not yet knelled the death of the Old Year, though but a few minutes were to elapse, when the dying mother, full of hope for the future and blessed with a resignation which comes alone from faith, called to her bedside him with whom she had hoped to live many years, old and new, and said to him, “I shall pass my New Year in heaven.”  In a little while, the gentle spirit took its flight, and, yet a few minutes more, the little clock on the mantel struck the hour of twelve.  Not in the cold, but in the warm earth, the kind mother of us all, this little mother was laid by sorrowing friends on New Year’s day.  Elsewhere, — out in the commons, not in the graveyard, — the snow lay light and soft, and so it will henceforth, old year and new, on the grave of this little mother.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881 Page 3, Column 4

DIED. At the family residence, in the city of Monroe, December 31st, 1880, MRS.JENNIE CALDERWOOD, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, aged 34 years. Port Gibson Reveille and New Orleans papers please copy.


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