Mary Tierney Robertson 13 Sept 1934
Death of Wife Separates Pair Wedded 65 Years Mrs. R. H. Robertson in Failing Health for A Year A companionship extending over a period of 86 .years and five months, since their marriage, was broken early today when Mrs. Mary Robertson, wife of Robert H. Robertson, died at the family home, 1211 Pine street, at 12:30 a. m. Mrs. Robertson's death had been expected during the last ten days. She was 86 years old, was born in Alton and had spent her entire life here. During the past year Mrs. Robertson's health had not been the .best. She had lived to see many of her relatives pass on. A month ago, when the last v death of her family connections, that of Mrs. Ernest Benecke, occurred she told members of her family that she expected to be the next one to go. Last April 12 when she and her husband observed their 65th anniversary of their marriage Mrs. Robertson expressed her belief, relatives said today, that it would be the last observance. Mrs. Robertson's maiden name was Mary N. Gierney. Born in Alton July 18, 1848, she attended public schools'of the early day and on April 12, 1869, was united in mar rlage to Robert H. Robertson. The companionship of the couple held firmly through the years until it was broken this morning by the death of the wife. In 1919 Mr. and Mrs. Robertson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and at that time were surrounded by all their descendants. Their sixtieth and sixty-fifth anniversaries were observed in a quiet and informal manner. The couple told of a log house which had been built in Alton by Mr. Robertson and which was their first home after their marriage. The wedding ceremony took place in the parsonage of the Old Cathedral. Of the eight children born to the couple, four survive. They are Mrs Margaret Kohler, Mrs. William Evers, James and Harry E. Robertson, all of Alton. The aged husband was said today by members of the family to be bearing up bravely after the passing of his lifetime mate. Surviving are 38 grandchildren. Mrs. Robertson was a charter member of Rcbckah lodge No. 475 and was also a member o" Main Street Methodist church. The body will be removed from Strecper funeral home Friday aft ernoon to the Pine street residence where it will remain until the fun eral services which are to be In th Main Street Methodist church at o'clock and will be conducted by the Rev. Otto Horsley. Burial will be in City cemetery. Members of the Rebekah lodge will conduct the sor vice at the grave.