Obituary, Funeral Service, and Tribute for Mary R. Osborn

about 9/1/1938


Mrs. Mary R. Osborn, 91, native of Clinton county, died at her home in the Beech Grove neighborhood, Tuesday at 6:20 A. M.

Death was due to senility and shock caused by a fall at her home three weeks ago.

In the later years of her life, Mrs. Osborn had retained interest in the activities of her large family and events in the county, and remained active up until the time of her accident. Her birthday each year had become an occasion for a reunion of the entire family.

One of seven children, Mrs. Osborn was the daughter of Adam and Pauline Clark and was born near Ogden, February 18, 1847.

She was married to Charles Osborn, February 28, 1867. He preceded her In death in 1920. She was a member of the Beech Grove Friends Church and until the last several years was active in church and community circles. Survivors include 10 daughters, Mrs. Leona Jay, of Jonesboro, Ind; Mrs. Pauline Bailey (Baily), of Westtown, Pa;.; Misses Alice and Laura Osborn, at home; Miss Lucy Osborn, Mrs. Charles Reeve, of Indianapolis; Mrs. A. L. Zimmerman, of near Wilmington; Mrs. Arthur McNemar and Mrs. Harley Hughes, of Wilmington, and Mrs. C. Merlin Davis, of New Vienna, and four sons, Fred, C.C. and County auditor Alfred Osborn, of Wilmington, and Adam Osborn, at home.

Two sisters, Mrs. Frank Howard, of Marion, Ind., and Mrs. J. T. Barnett, of Jonesboro, Ind., and a half-sister, Mrs. Minnie Carson, of near Wilmington, also survive.

Funeral services, in charge of Rev. A. Ward Applegate, will be conducted at the late residence in the Beech Grove neighborhood, Friday at 3 P. M. Interment, in
charge of C. Merlin Davis, will be in Sugar Grove cemetery.


A large gathering of friends and relatives attended the funeral services held for Mrs. Mary R. Osborn at her late residence in the Beech Grove neighborhood Friday afternoon.

The service was in charge of Rev. A. Ward Applegate, who read the scripture, delivered the sermon and offered prayer.

The memoirs, written by Charles Reeve, Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs. Osborn's son-in-law, and Mrs. Minnie Carson, of near Wilmington, her sister-in-law, was read by her daughter, Mrs. Pauline Baily. Two songs, "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me," were sung by Mrs. Ada Green and Mrs. Pearl Sprouse, of Wilmington.

Honorary pall and flower-bearers were Albert Osborn and Walter Osborn, Columbus; Walter Osborn, Midland; Charles Hughes, James Edwin Hughes, Joseph Osborn, William Osborn; Clark Osborn, Everett Osborn, Edward Osborn, Lon Carson, Lee Hawkins, Blan Worley, Matt Fife, Harry Metzger, Dr. J. L. Parrett, Howard Ellis, Ona Matthews, Wendell Crites, Harold Hormell, Charles Stoltz and C. J. Morris.

Active pallbearers were C. H. Jay, Charles Reeve, A. L. Zimmerman, Harley Hughes, Richard Jay and Jessie Baily.

Interment was made in Sugar Grove cemetery in charge of Merlin Davis, funeral director.


Mary Rebecca Osborn, daughter of Adam R. and Martha Pauline Clark Osborn, was born near Ogden, Ohio, February 18, 1847, and passed on August 30, 1938, at the age of 91 years, six months, 12 days.

On February 28, 1867, she was married to Charles Osborn. For 53 years they walked through life together, sharing its joys and sorrows, the real sorrows remarkably few; the family circle being unbroken by death for over 50 years. In 1917 they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and three years later, in 1920, the death of Charles Osborn ended this beautiful companionship of over half a century.


We, your children, wish to bring a loving tribute to you, and in so doing our minds go to the Gospel of John when the Master spoke in these words, "In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you may be also." From childhood our mother, Mary R. Osborn, was preparing homes for others. At the age of fourteen the death of her mother left her to build a home for her younger brothers and sisters. Then came a home for the husband and her now fourteen living children.

Hours came and went in her busy home life, for she was storing the summer harvest for the winter supplies. She seldom spoke of any religious faith or doctrine --she did not need to--for each hour of her life one could see by her good deeds that her soul was founded on things higher than those on earth. It was built on that which will endure beyond earthly clay. Her pounds were full measure, shaken down, heaped up and running over and then was sorry she could not give more. Her good deeds were such that caused her neighbors for miles around to love her. Her actions spoke Iouder than words and those about her called her blessed.

O, Mother, dear, we thank thee for such a life as thou hast given us. Thou thy life span was long, yet the hours flew by swiftly and it makes us sad that thou has left us. But we are also glad to say as Paul said, "Thou hast fought a good fight, thy course is finished. Henceforth there is laid up for thee a crown of righteousness with the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give thee at that day." So, to us, thy children, it is going home to be with thy loved ones gone before. Yes, just going home, and in the great beyond we wonder if thee will not still love nature as thou didst here.

Mother love could not have been more than hers, and this love was returned by her children, especially was this true of the son and daughter who lived in the home with her to the end and who always were so ready to help her. Our tribute closes with the same verse that was read at Father's funeral:

Grow old along with me! The best is
yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first
was made:
Our times are in his hand who saith
"A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God; see
all, nor be afraid."

18 Feb, 1937

...This week's orchid goes to a Grand Old Lady, Mrs. Mary R. Osborn, who celebrated her 90th birthday this week and whose 14 children, all living, helped her to enjoy the very unusual event.


Obituary for Charles Osborn

Osborn Line



Baily Line

Jesse Sydenham Baily, M.D. & Lydia Townsend (gg grandparents)
Joseph Sydenham Baily, M.D. & Phebe Winder Hoge (g grandparents)
Jesse Sydenham Baily, D.D.S. & Pauline Jane Osborn (grandfather)
Jesse Sydenham Baily (father)