Mrs. Margarett Ware Obituary, 1894

At 4:45 o'clock, this morning, the death of Mrs. Margarett
Ware, widow, of the lamented Dr. Robert A. Ware, occurred
at the residence of Mr. Joe S. Harrison, on Fifth Avenue.
   The announcement of her death carries sorrow to the 
hearts of large numbers of people throughout this section
and who knew and loved this most estimable lady.
   She had been ill for several days and the end was
not unexpected.
   Mrs. Ware was one of Columbus' oldest citizens, having
come here with her husband, Dr. Ware in 1835. The deceased
was, prior to her marriage, Miss Margaret Caldwell Ellison.
   She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellison, 
and was born on July 22, 1814 in Fairfield district, South
   She was educated in Columbia, S. C., at a college of
which Dr. Marks, a noted instructor, was the president.
   Her early childhood was spent with her aunt Mrs. Margaret
   In 1829 she removed with her parents to Talbot Valley,
and on March 26th, 1931, she was united in marriage to 
Dr. Ware, Rev. Samuel K. Hodges officiating.
   At the age of thirteen she became a member of the 
Methodist Church, but after her marriage joined the Presbyterian
church, of which her husband was a member, uniting herself 
with Ephesus church, which Dr. Ware founded.
   A distinguishing feature of Mrs. Ware's life was her 
activity in all works of benevolence and charity.
   In 1848 she was elected one of the managers of the 
Orphans' Home of this city. In 1857 she was made treasurer 
of the home and 1870 was made president of the institution,
holding the office until October 9th, 1891, when she was 
forced to give it up on account of ill health.
   She was then made honorary president, the lady managers
of the institution feeling that they needed her council
and judgement.
   She was always greatly interested in young people, 
and many a wayward young man had words of advice and  
admonition from her pen when she was not convenient to them
   Mrs. Ware was one of the seven ladies who instituted the 
beautiful custom of observing a Memorial Day, and was elected 
vice-president of the local association, holding the office
until her death.
   She was the embodiment of sweetness and gentleness, 
and every one who came in contact with her, felt her gentle 
   Her's was a noble Christian character, and during her 
long and useful life she was a faithful worker in the cause
of the Master, whom she loved so well.
   Her home life was beautiful. She was the beloved 
and idolized member of a household, which contained four  
generations of her descendants.
   Surrounded by loved ones, she passed away with a 
heaven-like peace, to meet a Christian's reward."

Source:  USGenWeb Archives by: Pat Coyle
July 1, 2004

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