Sunday, March 19, 1922 at 9:30 p.m. at the Geo. Briggs ranch north of Protection, occurred the death of Mrs. Roy McLaughlin. Death came with extreme suddenness, as Mrs. McLaughlin has seemed in unusually good health during the day, and had, with her husband and children, driven to the Briggs home, for a few hours visit.
Although for some years past Mrs. McLaughlin's health has been impaired, it was not thought to have reached such a critical stage and the report of her death came as a shock to the entire community. Apoplexy was the immediate cause of her death.
February 8, 1883, Julia Carter was born at Hunnewell, Sumner-co., Kansas. At the age of two years she removed with her parents to Coldwater, Kans., where her father, Joseph Carter, engaged in the printing business. Later they settled in Protection and during the ensuing years they resided for brief periods at Lexington, Kans., Ashland, Kans., and Beaver, Okla.
On October 13, 1891, she was united in marriage with Ray M. McLaughlin. They began housekeeping on the farm homesteaded by Mr. McLaughlin's father, located four miles east and one mile north of Protection. Into this home were born five children: Ethel, Ray, Hubert and Violet, all of whom are at the parental home, and a baby who died in infancy.
Besides her husband and children, she leaves an aged mother, Mrs. Joseph Carter; two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Miles and Mrs. Frances Colea, and three brothers, Will Price, and Harry and Grover Carter. When she answered the final summons, the home was seven miles north and two miles west of Protection.
In her departure the family have lost a wife and mother of the utmost and untiring devotion, whose going will leave an aching void in their lives which never can be filled, but a memory of whom will remain a blessing and a guide to better and higher things. The neighborhood will be with the inspiration of a good, true woman, and the friends will mourn the loss of one who has been a help and comfort in times of need.
Funeral services were conducted from the home on Tuesday afternoon and were in charge of Rev. W. M. Austin, pastor of the Coldwater M. E. church. Burial was in the Protection cemetery.
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