Notes Mrs. Margaret McKeown, a resident of Hayward for 10 years, Called to her Beautiful Home Beyond
“Mrs. McKeown is dead.” Such was the report that spread throughout the city yesterday morning at 1:30. She had finished her earthly course and had gone into the life beyond.
Her race is run, her battle is fought. How bravely it was done, the loved ones who are bowed down with the burden of a deep loss, alone can witness.
Mrs. McKeown was born in Toronto, Canada, on June 8, 1837, her maiden name being Margaret Writt. She was 76 years of age. She was married James McKeown in 1859. They moved to Stratford, Canada, where they resided on a farm.
To this union there were born ten children, nine of whom survive. Their names are: Joseph McKeown of Hayward; Mrs. Mary Leavitt, Buffalo; Henry McKeown of Hayward; Mrs. Martha Ahearm, Chicago; Arthur McKeown, Milwaukee; Ed McKeown, Stratford, Canada; Dan McKeown, Green Bay; Mrs. Will Lessard, Hayward; Miss Nellie McKeown, Buffalo. Her husband died in 1891. She came to Hayward ten years ago and made her home with her son, Joseph.
Requiem Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Tuesday morning at 10:30 by Father Hartmann, the remains lying in state at church until afternoon when they were taken to Chicago accompanied by Miss Nell McKeown and William Lessard. From there they will be shipped to Stratford, Ontario, for Internment, Miss McKeown accompanying them to their final resting place.
Mrs. McKeown had been a sufferer for several weeks and at one time the relatives were summoned to her bedside, it being feared that Death would win the battle, but she rallied and appeared to be improving, but again she fought the battle of life and death, but the later was proclaimed the victor, heart disease being the immediate cause of her demise.
Mrs. McKeown lived a long useful life and she did not neglect to instill into the minds of her children wise and serious thoughts of truth and righteousness, lessons that today are manifest in the earnest, sober, Christian lives of her children; certainly she was a mother whom they have cause to rise up and call blessed. In the midst of life we are in death and it is stated to be a melancholy fact that the moment we are born “that moment we begin to die.” Her life was of the most useful kind but the latter part was clouded by that approaching death which starts at birth, in her case perhaps it made itself more visible in a more pronounced way than that we are accustomed to see and while we sorrow that a good mother has departed this life we cannot bit rejoice to know that one who has suffered such as she has is at last relieved of the burden of pain.
(from the Hayward newspaper, obituary page)
The grave of James McKeown & Margaret Writt McKeown
Children of Margaret Writt and Seamus (James) McKeown are:
Joseph McKeown, b. 1859, Kinkora Ellice Township, Ontario Canada, d. 1935, Ludington, Michigan.