ETHEL STORY LINE
Ethel Perry, a one time insecure, fawning young girl, found strength
in her duties as a mother. She grew to be a resilient young woman
who took on the hard work of raising her children despite the common
absence of her husband. She willingly made sacrifices to ensure
that one day her children would have opportunities like the ones
presented to her and Asaph. Ethel
was, no doubt, instrumental in convincing Asaph
to return to Canton in 1901 after his failed business effort in
Charleston. Ethel's prowess as a mother was best illustrated by
her successful nursing of both her girls back to health after they
contracted scarlet fever at the tender ages of 6 years of age and
just 5 months old.
In 1916, tragedy strikes the Perry household.
After a several month long illness, Ethel dies at the age of 40.
Her youngest children, the twins, are only nine years old. The woman
who had nursed a daughter through scarlet fever, had successfully
delivered seven children, and had been an integral member of the
First Baptist Church, is now gone.
Her obituary runs on the front page of the Cherokee Advance which
tells of a large gathering at her funeral.
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