Surles, Mrs. Charles F. 1900

Obituary – Mrs. Charles F. Surles
The East Liverpool Tribune

Mrs. Charles F. Surles

The illness of this most estimable lady, wife and mother, has been known to all the community for several weeks. She made a brave fight for life, but death ended her suffering, Sunday morning last (Nov. 11, 1900), at her home on Seventh street. She was removed soon after to the residence of Postmaster W. H. Surles, on Third street, sfrom whose home she was taken to Riverview cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Undertaker Rinehart embalmed the body in a most beautiful manner, and on Monday evening at least a thousand friends called to see her, as she lay so sweetly sleeping amid a bower of roses – robed in a rose tint silk gown, on a white satin lined drop couch casket. Just over hre rested a silver plate on which was engraved : 1867 Mary Christenia Surles 1900.

Great white chrysanthemums, roses of all tints and varieties, green smilax and carnations, were banked all around her. One very handsome flower pillow bore the pet name – “Min” – in the center. By this name she was familiarly known to all her girlhood friends and by all her many most dear and intimate associates in the home circle where she was so beloved and where most – **** the thorns of pain will be linked with the sweets of the rose.”

A very noticeable collection of lovely flowers was a large wreath, over which hovered a white dove, while across the center of the wreath was the name: “Minnie.”

Another lovely floral tribute to the memory of deceased was tendered by the D. E. McNicol Pottery Company, consisting of a large harp of white and pink roses -rising out of a sea of chrysanthemums.

Gowned so like a bride was she, the very atmosphere was full of the breath and beauty of life, all beaming a welcome to “the bride elect” to the Kingdom of Heaven; and yet striving to bide the sting of the thorn on the stem when the flower was taken away.

Deceased was only thirty-three years old, and belongs to two of the old and most respected families in East Liverpool. Her mother was Lottie Taft-Manley, a wonderfully sweet and handsome East Liverpool girl, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jethro Manley. Her father was Will Orr, son of the late Wm B. Orr, the pioneer East Liverpool druggist. Both her parents have been dead a number of years. Her mother was taken in the prime of a most happy life, leaving five children, all quite young, of which Mrs. Surles was the oldest. The others are all living, and are Louis, Russell and Park, and one sister, Edna, now Mrs. Amos Elliott, of Smiths Ferry, Pa. Deceased was quite a “little mother” to her brothers and sister, and no one was more dearer to them after their parents were both dead. Thirteen years ago “Minnie Orr” was married to Charles F. Surles, book-keeper of The D. E. McNicol Pottery Company, whose home is broken up. Of this union one son, Allen, is living, aged ten years. She was noted for her remarkable beauty, which she inherited from her mother, and for her amiable and lovable disposition. She was loved most in her home circle, by nearest and closest ties of affection – where she was best known – but there existed throughout the city a widespread warm friendship and admiration, extending wherever her acquaintance went.

Rev. Edwin Weary, of St. Stephens church, officiated at the services, and the music was furnished by the choir of that church. The pall-bearers were Messrs. Park, Russell and Lou Orr, brothers of the deceased lady; Wm L. Manley, Amos Elliott and John McClure. The attendance at the funeral services was very large. The remains were laid to rest in Riverview.