A truly beloved and gracious citizen whose beneficent efforts on behalf of her fellows and in every worth-while endeavor will constitute a lasting monument to her memory, suddenly passed from this life on Sunday evening last in the death of Miss Mary Mahan (Nina) Woolverton who succumbed to a heart attack at her home on Mountain Street.
The genuine affection in which she was held was strikingly attested by widespread expressions of regret and by the throngs of citizens of the town and district who gathered in St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Grimsby, on Wednesday afternoon to pay a last tribute to one who commanded their respect and affection in a signal degree and whose loss will be profoundly felt in the community and beyond.
The casket which rested in the chancel of the edifice was draped with a purple pall sent by the Dominion Diocesan Board of the Women's Auxiliary, Toronto, while beside the casket lay a beautiful cross of yellow roses and chrysanthemums from the Niagara Diocesan, W.A.
The wealth of beautiful flowers sent by friends constituted an affectionate tribute to an eminently worthy citizen.
In a feeling tribute to the late Miss Woolverton, Rev. J.A.Ballard, the rector, made reference to the unique regard in which she was held and the characteristic devotion with which she fulfilled the tasks she undertook in church and community. Many, he said, had been cheered by her sympathetic understanding and numerous hearts have been saddened by her passing. Rev. C.H. Boulden, headmaster of Lake Lodge School, assisted in the service.
Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. The pall bearers who were cousins of the late Miss Woolverton were ...Nelles, Grimsby, Robert Nelles, Thorold, Harold Woolverton, Charles Manson, Grimsby and Harry Grout, Port Colborne.
Miss Woolverton who was a daughter of the late Theoron Woolverton, medical director of the United States Navy, was born in Grimsby 62 years ago where she had resided all her life. Widely travelled both on this continent and in Europe, Miss Woolverton was keenly interested in music, art and literature, possessing a gifted and cultivated mind.
Miss Woolverton was also widely known through her activities in connection with the Anglican Church. She was for many years prominently associated with the Niagara Diocesan Women's Auxiliary having been formerly secretary-treasurer of the education department where her extensive knowledge and writing ability was of use in preparing missionary study outlines. She was a life member of the Women's Auxiliary, but relinquished this post and its arduous duties on account of ill health a few years ago, continuing, however, as a member of the education department committee. She was also a devoted member of the Grimsby W.A.
Miss Woolverton was an enthusiastic member of the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire. She named the Lincoln Loyalist Chapter, I.O.D.E. and was its first honorary regent. She had always been a member of the literary committee of the chapter.
Hers was a winning and lovable personality. she was broad, tolerant and kindly in her attitude towards others and warm and sincere in her relationships with her friends. Of a bright, happy disposition she radiated a kindliness of character which found expression in a legion of good works secretly performed.
Surviving is one brother, Frank Woolverton, of New York.
Among those present were the following from out of town points: Dean and Mrs. Broughall, Hamilton; Rev. Raymond Andrews, York; Dr. Solon Woolverton, and Miss Woolverton, London; Miss Winifred Grout, Mrs. F.H. Cosgrave, Mrs. Hugh Johnston, Miss Lillian Phipps, Mrs...., Toronto; Mrs. Burt, Miss Evelyn Burt and Mr and Mrs. H. Burton, Hamilton; also a large delegation from the Women's Auxiliary of that city; Mrs. Edwin Smith, Dresden' Miss Mary Mustard, Welland; Miss Esther Johnson, Guelph.