Maude French Orton

From the January 2, 1919 Skidmore News, page 1:

Maude Orton

Maude Susan French was born at Mooresville, Livingston county, Mo., Nov. 23, 1883.  Died at her home in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 25, 1918, aged 35 years, 1 month 2 days.

She was married to Hiram G. Orton in March 1904.

She leaves her husband and one son, of Los Angeles, Calif., one half brother, Jesse French, of Santa Rosa, Calif., one sister, Mrs. Pearl Fargo, an uncle, E. D. French, and a grandmother, Mrs. Eva French, of Skidmore, Mo., and one uncle, J. M. French, of Charter Oak, Iowa, to mourn her loss.

She was buried in Inglewood cemetery, Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 27, 1918.

Full many a gem of purest rays serene / The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear / Full many a gem is born to blush unseen / And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

Also from the January 2, 1919 Skidmore News, page 1:

Concerning Mrs. Orton

The following extract of a letter to Mrs. E. D. French from Mrs. Cora L. Wright concerning the illness and death of Mrs. Maude Orton, notice of which appears elsewhere in this issue, will no doubt be of interest to many of our readers who were well acquainted with Mrs. Orton during her girlhood, which was spent here in Skidmore:

“Many times I think of you, Mrs. French, and other friends, too, there in Skidmore, who were so kind to us all when sickness and death came into our home, especially the past few days I have thot of you and wished you could have been here, for the dark angel hovered over Maude Christmas evening, at 6 o’clock she answered the final call.  At 10 o’clock today services were held over her remains, and at 11:30 she was laid away beneath a bank of flowers in beautiful Inglewood cemetery.  A very few relatives were there to sympathize with Donovan and Mr. Orton, but a number of friends were there.

“A lady who had been a neighbor of Maud’s for four years said she was a most beautiful character, so those who knew her best, loved her.  She siad, that she had not been well all these years, that she never knew a well day.  No doubt you know of some of her afflictions.

“Some time ago she had an operation from which she had not fully recovered, then the ‘flu’ attacked her and developed into pneumonia.

“Donovan had it, too, both in the hospital at the same time, but he got better and was out, staying with some friends at Monrovia.

“We did not see her during her illness, but Edna Trapp Wyeth phones to us from time to time about her.  Edna, Leona Wright Baird, Ona Wade Baer, and three other ladies were pall bearers.  Ona and Leona had been planning to go see her.

“It seems sad, but if she couldn’t be well, she is better off. From the cradle to the grave, life is filled with cares, sorrow, struggle, toil and anxiety.  Beyond, we are promised peace, rest, harmony and beauty, so why should we be sad.  It is not the end.  It is the beginning of a more beautiful life for Maud.

“She showed that she had suffered.  Donovan looks frail and so does Mr. Orton, but I guess he has ordinary health.”


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