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Description: Obituary for Nancy B. WickerDate: February 23 1889
Newspaper published in: Liberty, MS
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 2
There are times when obituaries become a duty, and serve good and wise purposes, as they have an influence with the living. The subject of this notice, Nancy B. Wicker, owing to her lifetime surroundings, of furnishes an instance of that character. She was born in the State of Louisiana, on Bayou Lafourche, but while yet a child, was taken by her widowed mother to the town of Jackson, La., where she was reared to womanhood, and where she received a fair education under the tuition of the late Judge Drury, who was for many years at the head of the Jackson Female College.
About the year 1838, her mother, Mrs. Fannie Hardwick, removed with her daughter, the subject of this brief notice, from Jackson, and settled in the town of Liberty, where he remained until her marriage with the late Hamilton McKnight, on the 7th day of May, 1840, with whom she lived happily, aiding him materially in his prosperity by her untiring energy and well directed domestic economy until his death. She was left with seven children, five of whom survived her, and are all occupying a high place in society, and all married, with the exception of one, who is yet in his minority, and unmarried. Her widowhood after the death of her first husband was of short duration, as she was married second time to E. G. Wicker, who lived but a few years when he died and she was again left a widow and so continued until her death which occurred on the 5th day of February, 1889. Her remains were deposited in the cemetery in Liberty, in the presence of a large circle of friends and relatives in the family group who preceded her to the grave. Shortly after her marriage with Mr. McKnight, both of them united with the Baptist church in Liberty, where they held their membership the remainder of their lives. Her husband, having entered upon the work of the ministry soon after uniting with the church, a very wide field was opened for the exercise of a liberal hospitality, which was characteristic of both of them, and under whose roof the stranger, the rich and the poor alike ever found a welcome. Mrs. Wicker was a lady of excellent business capacity, as she proved herself to be in the conduct of the guardianship of her children during their minority and up to her final settlement with them, when they arrived at the age of majority. After the death of Mr. McKnight she was self-reliant up to the time of her death, and but a short time before her last illness she had arranged for the commencement of an active business, which she intended to enter upon at once, and would have done so but for her death. She was in possession of her mental faculties up to the very last moment of her life, and about ten minutes before her dissolution she requested her daughter, Minadee, to assist her in changing her position in bed. This
done, she exclaimed, "Oh, my child, if I had known I was going to bring all this sorrow to you never would have come." These were her last words, after which she died as if going into a quiet sleep. This Christian lady, though not as demonstrative as some others, was ever ready to do liberal part in every good work, in ministering to the sick, helping the poor, "given to hospitality." Mrs. Wicker died after a brief illness, at the residence of her son in D. W. McLean, near Jackson, Louisiana, in the sixty fifth year of her age. Through life she possessed great vivacity, which made her home a pleasant resort for the young as well as the old, and by every class she will lone be remembered in this community, where she lived so many years. May her many virtues be fondly cherished, and her foibles, incident to humanity, be forgotten. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. A Friend.