F. Payne COUGER
October 31, 1905
Mrs. Mary F. Couger died at her home, four miles west of the city
Monday afternoon from the effects of a large tumor which had grown
to the spinal column just below the diaphragm. The tumor was removed
by J.B. Swank, embalmer for D.C. Barnhill at a post mortem held
Monday night. The growth had entirely encircled the kidneys and
had grown so large day by day that the vital organs failed to do
their work and she succumbed. For four years she has felt the ill
effects of the disease. About four weeks ago she went to Culver
Union hospital to have an operation performed. When an incision
was made it was found useless to proceed further with the surgeon's
knife. From one of the kidneys almost a half hundred stones were
removed ranging in size from a pin head to one three inches long
and one inch and a quarter wide at the broadest point.
Couger was fifty-two years old at the time of her death. She was
the daughter of George W. Payne of Maine and her mother was born
in Ohio. She leaves a family of children to mourn. the funeral will
occur at Mt. Zion church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and
will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Snyder and Rev. Albert Maher. Interment
at Oak Hill.
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