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Death: Jan. 16, 1900, Kansas.
Mary Ann was the daughter of William and Ruth Hamilton. She married William Dean in Pennsylvania in 1842. They had 7 girls and 1 boy: Jemima Jane, Rebecca Ruth, Mary Margaret, Eunice Elisabeth, Emma, John H., Fannie Virginia, and Anna.
Mary was living widowed with the family of her daughter Jane Sharp in Centerville, Linn County, Kansas, at the time of the 1880 census.
From the OSAWATOMIE GRAPHIC, January 19, 1900, page 5:
Mrs. Mary A. Dean died of cancer at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G.J. Sharp, of this city last Tuesday morning. Had she lived a couple of months longer she would have been eighty years old. She had been dangerously ill for some time and her death had been expected for several days. She was born in Virginia in 1820. In 1842 she was married to William A. Dean in Pennsylvania. Eight children were born of their union, seven of whom survive both parents, Mr. Dean having died thirty-six years ago. From her childhood she had been an active member of the Methodist Church and died triumphant in the faith. Funeral services in her memory were held at the residence Tuesday evening, Elder G.H. Smith, of Centerville, Kansas, officiating. The burial took place in Elmdale cemetery the same evening.
From an unknown publication:
OUR BELOVED.MARY A. DEAN Was born May 11, 1820; died Jan. 16, 1900, aged 79 years, 8 months, and 5 days. She was born in Va., and there married to Wm. Dean, who died in 1863. She never married again. To the above union were born eight children, seven of whom are still living, one dying in infancy. She was converted in early girlhood and lived a consistent christian all her life; she was sanctified about 10 years ago.
Such was the obituary notice handed to the writer. She died at the home of her daughter, Sis. Jane Sharp, in Osawatomie, Kan., with whom she made her home. It was the writer's happy privilege to know her. We met her first in 1894, and from that on our friendship was more like that of mother and son. Thank God for the few in this world, whose christian light and life shine bright and clear above the world of sin and iniquity which surrounds us. She died of that dread disease, cancer; it was located under her tongue; for weeks her very existence was that of untold suffering; but through it all she was able to test the power of God to sustain, and a murmur was never heard to escape her lips. All she ever said was that she wanted to go home to rest.
We conversed with her last on the morning following last Thanksgiving; she assured us she was ready, waiting, and anxious to go. At many times during her illness when she seemed oblivious to everything around, if the name of Jesus were mentioned her countenance would brighten and she recognized his fellowship. Before she died she made request for the writer to preach her funeral, which he did from appropriate scriptures. Geo. H. Smith
Burial:Elmdale Cemetery Osawatomie, Miami County, Kansas.