New Jersey Obituaries - August 10, 1898 - Mrs. Mary (Hendrickson) Corlies

Mrs. Henry Corlies Dies After A Long Illness

She Had Been an Invalid for Many Years and the Last Ten Years of Her Life Was Passed in a Wheel Chair.

Mrs. Mary Corlies, wife of Henry Corlies, died on Saturday afternoon at half-past two o'clock. Mrs. Corlies was a daughter of Eleanor D. and William Hendrickson, and was a sister of Hon. William Henry Hendrickson of Middletown. She was born October 1st, 1825, at the Hendrickson homestead near Middletown village. The family is one of the oldest in the county and the homestead has been a family possession for six generations.

Mrs. Corlies has been an invalid for many years, and she was a great sufferer. The last ten years of her life had been spent almost wholly in a wheel chair, which had been specially made for her. On several occasions she had had severe attacks of sickness, which it was expected would terminate fatally, but up to the last attack she always rallied. Her end on Saturday was wholly unexpected, and was very peaceful. The family had gone out of the room to dinner, when they were called back by the nurse, who had noticed the signs of approaching dissolution. Mrs. Corlies lived only about an hour after the sudden attack.

Although Mrs. Corlies was a constant sufferer for so many years, her life was like one burst of sunshine. She was not only uncomplaining, but she made life cheerful and happy for others. Her circle of friends broadened with each succeeding year, and her death will be mourned by many. To those who knew the pain she constantly suffered her life was a marvel for its cheerfulness, its liberality and its hospitality. Young and old alike found pleasure in her presence and companionship.

The funeral was held on Monday afternoon from the house. The service was private, only the immediate relatives and friends being present. The service was conducted by Rev. Samuel D. Price, the new pastor of the Shrewsbury Presbyterian church. The interment was at Fair View cemetery.

On account of the disease with which Mrs. Corlies was afflicted, a casket had to be specially made to hold the body. The casket was six feet long, thirty-six inches broad and thirty-two inches deep. It required ten men to lower the casket into the grave.

Mrs. Corlies leaves a husband, a son, and an adopted daughter. The son is Charles D. Corlies, who is a truck farmer and who carries on a farm for boarding horses. Both the son and the adopted daughter live at home.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, August 10, 1898