Mrs. Mary Jane BAXTER, of Wood Street, Maryport, widow of Mr. William
BAXTER, a master mariner, who died in 1911, and mother of Mrs. E. HUMPHREYS, of
the Butcher's Arms, Maryport, who won a consolation prize in the Irish Sweep
last week, passed away on Saturday, after less than a week's illness, the
first serious illness of her life. She had caught a chill on the previous
Sunday when she visited her husband's grave, and pneumonia supervened.
Although so seriously ill and in great pain, she took a lively interest
in the Sweep and was delighted at her daughter's success.
She was a native of Maryport and the only sister of the late Mr. Edward
BELL, who has been employed all his life by Lord LONSDALE and at his death
occupied an important position in the Estate Management. She had brought up a
family of twelve, all except one, who perished in the Zeebrugge attack, still
surviving. Four sons, like their father, follow the sea and the eldest
succeeded his father as a Solway pilot.
She was 71 years of age, proud of her vigorous health and her head of
jet black hair unstreaked with grey, but her freedom from ailments
unfortunately led her to neglect precautions against chills. She was highly esteemed, and
much sympathy is felt for her family.