The Wilmore News, March 25, 1920.
Myrtle Mariah Graves was born January 21, 1898, at Pleasanton, Iowa, and died March, 20, 1920, at her home near Wilmore, Kansas, at the age of 22 years and 2 months.
On November 26, 1914, she was married to Mr. Newton Raner of Wilmore. Three children were born to them, Mildred, Nettie and Emma, the latter dying a little over a month ago.
She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two little daughters, her mother, two brothers, two half brothers, one sister, and one half sister. She had been in very delicate health since her baby died until her sudden death last Saturday.
The funeral services were conducted at her late home Tuesday afternoon by pastor Sweany of the Christian church of which she was a member. A very large number of the neighbors and friends attended the funeral services although the day was windy and disagreeable. The burial was made in the Wilmore cemetery.
Peacefully lay her down to rest,
Place the turf gently on her breast;
Sweet is the slumber beneath the sod,
When pure spirit returns to God.
Sleep til that morning
The Wilmore News, April 1, 1920.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends for their kindness and sympathy during the death and burial of our beloved one. Also for the many beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Henrietta Raner
Mrs. J. T. Graves
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Killillay
Mr. and Mrs. O. H. McCorkle
The Western Star, April 2, 1920.
(Greensburg Progressive, March 25.)
Mrs. Myrtle Graves Raner took her own life Saturday afternoon at her home in Reeder-tp. by shooting herself through the heart with a .22 caliber rifle. Death was doubtless instantaneous. She was the wife of Newt Raner and leaves two small children, one a little over two years old and one about one year old.
Her husband was a way at the time of the tragedy but the two little tots were with her. Fortunately they did not understand the nature of the blow they have sustained as evidenced by the older saying, "Mamma looked in to the gun and lay down." When the father returned the babies thought their mother asleep and were contentedly lying beside her, their heads pillowed upon her arm.
Mrs. Raner's health had been bad for a long period and she had, we understand, made a previous attempt upon her life with a knife. The family had returned but three days before from Colorado where they had spent a month for her health.
Coroner Carter and Deputy County Attorney Hershberger were called but under the circumstances no inquest was held and the body was taken to Wilmore for burial. She was 22 years and three months old.
Jasper Newton Raner, Jr., husband of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
Emma Gertrude Raner, daughter of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
Jasper N. Raner, Sr. , father-in-law of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
Henrietta (Davis) Raner, mother-in-law of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
William Bryan Raner, brother-in-law of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
James Alonzo "Jim" Raner, brother-in-law of Myrtle Mariah (Graves) Raner.
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