that "none knew her but to love her" was never truer of anyone. She was rarely ever sick until her fatal illness. I might write many pages telling of her noble qualities, acts and deeds in life, but must desist and only insert the obituary written by her preceptor and pastor, who had good opportunity to know her.
Western Recorder, Dec., 1877:
Hearne--The papers frequently notice the lives and virtues of public men of eminent talents, integrity and success. What is already known is thus only more widely known. Seldom, however, do they place upon honorable record those whose lot it has been to have been little observed by the public, whether excellent men, whose modesty has debarred them from the distinction which boldness wins, or holy women, whose chief ornament is that "of a meek and quiet spirit." And yet such lives are often of brightest luster, and, in their sphere of great power, furnish the best examples of mankind to follow.
These thoughts are suggested by the recent death of that lovely girl, Miss Nannie D. Hearne. She was the second daughter of Bro. W. T. Hearne, of Fayette Co., Ky,; born in Bourbon Co., Mar. 21, 1857, and died Nov. 17, 1877, after an illness of twelve weeks. She had been a member of the South Elkhorn Baptist Church for three years, having been baptized by Rev. J. C. Freeman. Her short career, by no means eventful or conspicuous, was not spent in vain. The many kind friends who visited or otherwise showed their interest during her illness, and followed her remains to their last resting place in the beautiful "city of the dead" at Lexington, attested the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her. Indeed, it was thought by some that so long a procession had seldom or never attended the burial here of a private person. Such a general expression of regard for one so young and of sympathy for the bereaved was remarkable and gratifying. Yet such was her timidity and so unobtrusive in all her ways that but few could have learned the most obvious features of her character, which was decided enough.
One would not have been apt to think her quiet and shrinking as she was one of the best in her class at school. None were more resolute and none more cheerful in the discharge of duty than she. Scrupulous and exact in her conduct, she was far above the petty reaches of decorum, and even of honor, which too often occur in
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