Mrs. Charles Sears, aged 26 years, died at the home of her father in this village Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock. For several months Mrs. Sears has been a patient sufferer in the grasp of that fell disease—consumption. During the past weeks the family and friends have been hoping against hope; but the fear which has been growing day by day has proven only too well founded, and despite the tenderest care, death has claimed for its own one whose life-work seemed but just begun. Although an intense sufferer, Mrs. Sears preserved a patient thoughtfulness for others, a cheerfulness that was remarkable, and a kindly interest in her friends, of whom she had many. Margaret Newell Cone was the youngest daughter of William H. and the late Sarah Cone, and was born at the Cone homestead in Leyden, July 27th, 1876. She was a member of the First Congregational church of this place, and also of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor. For the past few years she has held the position of head trimmer in a large millinery establishment in Syracuse. January 1st, 1900, she was married to Charles Sears, of this village. They removed to Syracuse and have resided there for the past three years. A few weeks before Christmas Mrs. Sears came home, hoping that the change might prove beneficial, but it was in vain. She will be greatly missed in her home, the church, and by the large circle of young people with whom she was a favorite. She had a remarkably sweet, sunny disposition and was beloved by all. The warmest sympathy of the community is with the bereaved husband, sister and father. May He who doeth all things well reveal Himself to the afflicted ones in this hour of need. The funeral services will occur Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the house, and at half-past one at the Congregational church, Rev. David L. Roberts, of Whitesboro, officiate.
Source: Port Leyden, The Journal and Republican, Port Leyden, Thursday, March 19, 1903, Vol. 44, No. 17, p. 1.