Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Edna Marie Bollman, 1895-1915

Centerville Iowegian – 13 August 1915
  Edna Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Bollman, was born at Jerome, Dec. 29, 1895, and died at Colorado Springs, Aug. 1, 1915, of pulmonary tuberculosis.
  Funeral services were held at Jerome M.E. church Friday, Aug. 6, the oration being delivered by Rev. Krenmeyer, a former pastor at that place.  At the close of the sermon a beautiful solo, “Good Night,” was rendered by Miss Elsie White.
  Miss Edna was a girl of exceptional intelligence, varied talents, and rare ambitions. When she grew ill, at the beginning of the year, she was a student at Cedar Falls college and would have graduated the past spring had not ill health interfered.
  She was taken to Colorado Springs with the hope of the climate being beneficial, but no medical skill, careful nursing, or devotion of loved ones could stop the ravages of disease or stay the hand of death.  We are persuaded, however, that our loss is Heaven’s gain.  She was a devoted Christian, and the church at Jerome of which she was a member, has lost one of its most valued members.
  Rev. Krenmeyer used as a symbol, heads of wheat,   and talked from the subject, Sowing and Storing Our Lives,” quoting the scripture, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”  He paid glowing tribute to the young life that had come to such an abrupt close, telling how he had sowed her life that the world might be better because she had lived.
  That she was not only loving, but lovable was attested by the great throng of people who attended the obsequies, many coming from a distance by auto and train to look once more on the fair face of her who they had loved.
  Many and beautiful were the floral offerings, the casket and altar being one great mass of flowers. The Iowa club, of which she was s member and officer, sent a piece of forty-two pink and white carnations with ferns.
  Interment was made in the Jerome cemetery.
  Countless friends extend sympathy to the parents in this loss of their only child, also to the many relatives who will miss her cheerful companionship.

  “Not now, but in the coming years,
  It may be in the Better Land;
  We’ll read the meaning of our tears.
  And there, up there, we’ll understand.”
                               --A Friend
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone of
Edna Marie Bollman
Row 6, Block 20, Lot 5

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