Merced Evening Sun
March 23, 1900


It was a sad shock to the people of Merced when the announcement was made today that Mrs. Mary J. Oliver, wife of Wm. M. Oliver, had passed to her long rest shortly before the noon hour. Her death was not unexpected, however. About a year ago her health began to fail, and although she has had constant attention of skillful physicians and the most careful nursing, her decline has been steady and rapid until she passed away this morning, without pain and surrounded by her loved ones.

Mrs. Oliver was born in Pike county, Missouri, May 10, 1830, and was therefore in her seventieth year. When quite young she moved with her parents to Iowa, where she was married to Mr. Oliver in 1847. The result of this union was eight sons -- Burrell, Hiram, William, Daniel, John, James, Oscar and Austin, all of whom are living except Hiram.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver came "round the horn" to California in 1855, first settling in Calaveras county at Iowa Hill. They soon moved to San Joaquin county, near Stockton, where they lived for 28 years, coming to Merced in the fall of 1884. During their residence here Mrs. Oliver's life has been full of good deeds. Without neglecting her own family she has been a friend to the afflicted and helpless, placing the comfort and happiness of those about her always paramount to her own. She was charitable in thought and action, as many a poor family in Merced have cause to know, and her death will be mourned in many a household beside her own. She was a conscientious, consistent Christian, ever striving to do what she could for the Master.
As a member of the South Methodist church, she was an earnest, devoted worker. The entire community have the deepest sympathy for the grief stricken husband and sons.

The funeral will be held from the South Methodist church at 3 o'clock Sunday

Transcribed by: Alma Stone