Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mrs. H. L. Nash

   Lucy J. Winsor, widow of Hobart Lewis Nash, died at the home of George Strawn on Greene Street Sunday morning, about 10 o'clock.  She had been ill for about five weeks, and suffered a shock the middle of last week, from which she did not rally.

   Mrs. Nash was born in Guilford May 13, 1844, and was the daughter of Ephanetus and Irene Phelps Winsor.  December 26, 1866, she married Hobart L. Nash of Guilford, and they resided in that village till the year 1902, when they came to Oxford, Mr. Nash becoming interested in the Butts-Nash Machine Co.  Mr. Nash died on November 3, 1912.  About five weeks ago she became nervous and feared that she was going to break down, and  went to Mr. Strawn's home to rest and recuperate.  However, she steadily failed.

   Mrs. Nash was a remarkable personality, one whose memory will be cherished among those whose pleasure it has been to know her; and to know her was to love her.  She was a fountain of cheerfulness and optimism, and a few minutes in her natural, sympathetic presence has cured many a case of despondency and down-heartedness.  She was charitable in spirit and her kindly deeds were proverbial.  Mrs. Nash possessed marked elocutionary powers, and has been the soul and life at many a social gathering.  Perfectly natural and unassuming, she was at home anywhere where she could add cheer and happiness.

   Mrs. Nash was the eldest of five children and was 12 years of age when her mother died.  There and then, she learned to assume burdens cheerfully and took upon herself the care of the other children.  Her husband was a veteran of the war and she was naturally interested in the Grand Army and other patriotic movements; but besides that, on both her father and mother's sides, she was a daughter of the Revolution.

   She is survived by an adopted daughter, Mrs. Luella Lally; two brothers, Ephanetus Winsor of Norwich and Ellsworth Winsor of Greene.  She was a member of St. Paul's Church and LaFayette Chapter, No. 340, O. E. S.

   Up to the last, Mrs. Nash was controlled by her good cheer.  To those who called on her during her illness, she expressed herself as confident that it was not long to the end; but she let them understand that there would be "no sadness of farewell" when she embarked.  She gave explicit directions regarding her funeral arrangements, named the bearers, and directed every detail.

   The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Strawn home, and was in charge of LaFayetter Chapter, No. 340 Order of the Eastern Star.  The service was led by Worthy Patron Walter H. Smith.  The funeral was largely attended, attending the love and esteem in which the deceased was held.

   The body was taken to Guilford and placed in Christ Church, where the church funeral service was conducted by the Rector, Rev. H. W. Little, assisted by Rev. Theodore Haydn of St. Paul's Church.  The bearers were George Havens, George Richards, Austin Bourne and Fred Mead of Guilford.  Interment was made in Sunset Cemetery.

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