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TOMPKINS, Mary (Patchin)

    Cambria Freeman, 13 Dec 1912, Contributed by Patty Millich

Mrs. Mary Tompkins Dead

Mrs. Mary Tompkins of Clearfield, Pa., died at the home of her son, H. A. Tompkins in this place last Thursday. She was in her usual health until a few days before she died, coming here to spend the Thanksgiving season. When she was stricken, she was helping to care for her son, Horace, who himself was suffering from a slight attack of pneumonia. The disease developed rapidly and in a short time it was evident that her condition was critical. On account of a weakened heart she was unable to withstand the ravages of the disease long and she sank rapidly until she died.

Mrs. Mary Patchin Tompkins was born in Patchinville, Clearfield county, about 62 years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Patchin, who were prominent in the development of Clearfield county.

Her husband, J. Milton Tompkins, died in 1896. She is survived by these children: Horace, who is prominently identified with the development of coal interests in this county; Mrs. Grant Thompson of Clearfield, Pa., and Frances, who makes his home at Portage. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. J. Frank Snyder, who lives in New York State and by two grandchildren: Gullie and Isabel Tompkins of this place.

Mrs. Tompkins was a real Christian lady and the virtues which were hers are reflected in the lives of her children. She was of a philanthropic turn of mind and many a distress was relieved by her charity. She was unostentatious in her generosity however and even her own relatives will never know the full extent to her giving. Her daily life was a continuous round of love and thoughtfulness for others and to her children, she was the very embodiment of goodness. Although they are at least partially separated from her, yet her influence, her lovely virtue and the motherly love she bore to them, will remain and mellow the grief which invariably follows in the wake of such a separation. She was a member of the Presbyterian church in Clearfield and was loyal to any thing that pertained to the churches' life and growth.

Funeral services were conducted at the Tompkins' home Friday morning. The body was taken to Clearfield, leaving here at 1:12 Friday and interred at Clearfield Monday afternoon.

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