After an illness of several weeks, resulting from a complication of liver and stomach trouble, which toward the last was diagnosed as cancer of the liver, Mrs. Dick Hackney passed away on last Friday morning, July 7, 1922, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. A. Jantzen, in this city. Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church at 2 o'clock p.m. on Sunday afternoon and were in charge of the pastor, Rev. W. M. Austin. Interment was in the Coldwater cemetery. Many of the neighbors and friends of the deceased were present and in every heart there were feelings of deep regret at the passing away of so good a woman and true friend to all.
Miss Alice Bangay was born in Briston, Norfolk, England on November 2, 1862. At the time of her death she was 60 years, 8 months and 5 days of age. On September 18, 1881, in Briston, England, she was united in marriage with Anthony Richard Hackney. A few years after their marriage they moved to London, England, and lived there until the year 1893, when they decided to come to America, the land of liberty and of opportunity. Mr. Hackney's brother, George, had preceded him to this country. They settled in Clay Center, Kansas, where they made their home for about ten years, moving from there to near Lookout, Okla., where they lived a few years, and then moved to the Lewis ranch, about 12 miles north of Coldwater, where they continued to make their home.
Mrs. Hackney united with the Presbyterian church when a small child and continued her membership in that church until a few years ago when she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, her membership being at Antioch, in Avilla-tp. She was always true to her profession as a christian, and in many ways showed forth her Master in her daily life. She was kind and considerate to all, and in her home life, as well as in her relations to those about her, she never ceased to manifest her unfailing love and devotion. That is why her passing away caused such universal regret. But her good deeds through many years will not soon be forgotten by those who knew her, and thus she will live on, the memory of her unselfish life remaining a benediction for many to come.
Mrs. Hackney is survived by her husband and by five sons and two daughters and ten grandchildren. The surviving children are: Richard Walter (Dick), Anthony James (Tant), Alfred Charles (Sam), Walter John (Jack), and William Robert Hackney; also Mrs. T. A. Jantzen and Mrs. Robert T. Coles, all of Coldwater and vicinity.
The following lines by Edward Salisbury Fields, "To My Mother," may be fittingly applied to Mrs. Hackney:
"I've gone about for years, I find,
With eyes half blind,
Squandering golden hours,
In search of flowers
That do not grow, it seems,
Except in dreams;
But in my wanderings
From place to place
I've found more fair no face--
No eyes more true than thine,
Oh Mother mine."
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