PASSED FROM EARTH -- Miss Marie Haberly, housekeeper and nurse at the Reform School, who has been ill for the past few days with pneumonia, passed away at the school at 6:15 o'clock Friday evening, March 21, of pneumonia. Miss Haberly was taken ill only six day before with the dread disease, and so serious was her case that Dr. W. C. Smith, of Turner, immediately called in Dr. W. H. Byrd, of Salem, and the family physician of the Haberley, Dr. Brewer, of Silverton, and the three did all in their power to ease the sufferings of the young lady and preserve her life. But their work was in vain for she sank gradually and steadily until she died.
Miss Haberly was born at Morrison, Illinois, April 5, 1874, and with her parents came to Oregon in 1879 settling near Williard, where the parents now reside. About five years ago Miss Haberly entered the school for nurses at the Salem Hospital, serving several years with great credit to herself, and she was very proficient in her work. In July she was appointed to the position of housekeeper and nurse at the Reform School, which position she filled since that time to the satisfaction of all.
Miss Haberley was betrothed to Dr. E. G. Kirby, of Elgin, Oregon, and that gentleman had been informed of the dangerous character of her illness, and arrived on the Albany local train that evening, reaching the Reform School at 6:35 -- 20 minutes after his affianced passed away. During the day the patient repeatedly expressed the hope that she could live until Dr. Kirby's arrival, but it was not to be and when that gentleman arrived, her spirit had flown to its Maker.
Miss Marie was of an exceptionally kind and loving disposition, having an unselfish nature which prompted her to do much to alieviate the sufferings of other with no thought of self. She was ever bright and cheerfull and to the sick and afflicted was laike a ray of sunshine stealing its way through the banks of threatening clouds. She has a large number of friends in this vicinity who will regret the loss of one who was admired and loved for her many good qualities and who will unite with us in expressing sympathy and condolance to the parents and mourning friends and relatives.
The funeral services were held at the Reform School at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 23, Rev. W. C. Kantner, officiating. The funeral procession proceeded to the Rural Cemetery, south of Salem, where interment was made.
~Alta Foshay Scrapbook--Copy held at Marion County Historical Society.