TITLE: Funeral Services for the Late Louisa Varcoe SUBTITLE: A. C. Innes Pays Tribute to Memory of Capable Woman. AUTHOR: A. C. Innes PUBLISHER:
Yesterday there was laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery all that was mortal of Mrs. Louisa Varcoe. She had ceased from her labors. Her life's work was ended, a life in generous measure devoted to the service of her fellowmen. Mrs. Varcoe was born in Cornwall, England, 72 years ago and came to Almaden, this county, about the year 1870, where shortly after her arrival she married James Varcoe, who for many years filled the position of mining foreman while the Almaden mines were in the zenith of their fame.
Looking back along the years, it seems almost providential that Mrs. Varcoe should make her home in Almaden, where for nearly half a century her kindly ministrations were in constant demand. A veritable angel of mercy her services were freely laid on the community altar. Endowed by nature with a robust constitution and much of the finer sensibilities that make up the adornment of women, Mrs. Varcoe was ideally equipped for the very important part she played in the life of the celebrated mining camp. Wherever there was sorrow or suffering or bereavement, or cruel accident as a result of the hazardous calling of the menfolk, and they were many and serious, Mrs. Varcoe was never appealed to in vain.
Day or night, rain or shine, Almaden's messenger of mercy was there to comfort the afflicted, to console the widow, and ease the heart-sobs of fatherless children.
Mrs. Varcoe possessed in high degree a rare faculty of being able to do things while most people were simply appalled, her hand worked in unison with her heart. Hundreds of boys and girls that have Iong since reached men's estate, knew Mrs. Varcoe only as "Auntie", so familiar had the good woman become into their daily life. For the past few years she has lived in a comfortable cottage by the side of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Tonkin, at the corner of Tenth and Empire streets, enjoying life's evening among her many friends, her pets, and her flowers.
It was while on a mission of mercy to an old friend to whom she had taken some choice flowers that the accident befell her, which was the immediate cause of her death.
Sincerely mourned by a host of friends her memory will be cherished as a beautiful example of the everyday-all-the-time, noble Christian woman. Her funeral was largely-attended, a profusion of, flowers, and singing by a select choir were features of the occasion. The ceremonies were conducted by the Rev. Geo. Miller of the First M. E. church. The pallbearers were chosen from among her life-long friends.
A. C. INNES.
Innes, Alex (A.C.)
Varcoe, Louisa Rowe
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