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Keziah McKibben

McKIBBEN -- On the 17th inst., at the residence of Dr. J. H. Letherman, in Valparaiso, Miss Keziah McKibben, in the 78th year of her age.

The subject of the above notice was born in Newville, Pennsylvania, where she also passed the early part of her life. Having never married, she has had her home with her brother, the Hon. Chambers McKibben, formerly superintendent of the United States Mint at Philadelphia, at present a member of the Pennsylvania Senate, and for a long time prominently connected with the politics of the State. Having come here last summer on a visit to her friends, her health has since been too feeble to admit of her return. For two or three months past she has been visibly declining in strength, and on the sabbath morning prior to her decease she had an attack of congestion of the lungs, and on Wednesday morning she peacefully breathed her last.

"Aunt Keziah," as she was familiarly known among her friends, had, from an early period of her life, been attentive to her spiritual interests, and for more than fifty years, had been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. She was remarkable for extreme simplicity and gentleness of character. She appeared to be free from guile, and she suspected none in others. Her religious life and experience, so far is known to the writer, had in it nothing peculiar. It was of the old fashioned type in which God was exalted and self deprecated. To the last she had the feeling that she had been a great sinner, that she was very unworthy, that she might have done far more for the Savior, and she sometimes had moments of doubting whether she should be accepted. Though she did not live in the sunshine of full assurance, she clung steadfastly to the cross, was assiduous in her discharge of her religious duties, and in the closing hours of life was well sustained and comforted by the faith in which she lived.

Few persons live to her age without having suffered great trials and sorrows than fell to her lot. Having had no family of her own, and having her earthly wants well supplied, her life seemed to flow evenly onwardly to its very close. Her affections were chiefly of a bodily character.

She had endeared herself to a large circle of friends in Valparaiso, where she had made several lengthy visits, by whom she will long be remembered. On Friday, the 19th instant, she was buried in the old cemetery in Valparaiso by the side of her sister Mrs. Peirce.

R. B.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: March 25, 1875
Volume Number: 19
Issue Number: 12
Page: 3
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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