Pattie Hockaday Van Meter

One of the saddest deaths that it has been our lot to record for a long time was that of Mrs. Pattie Vanmeter, wife of I. C. Vanmeter, Jr., which occurred Friday. In the prime
of her beauteous womanhood, with a beautiful home, a loving husband, popular, talented and accomplished, she had so much for which to live and life promised so much to her, but it is finished. Less than a year ago she left her home in far-off Colorado to come to our bluegrass land a happy bride. Now, all that is mortal has been consigned to the tomb, and where a short time ago all was happiness, now has the shadow of the angel of death brought sorrow and gloom. She was a lady of noble, christian character, a devoted member of the Baptist church, and none knew her but to esteem her. Rev. J. N. Prestridge preached the funeral at her late residence Monday morning and the remains were carried to Lexington for interment."

From: The Winchester Democrat (KY), Wednesday, March 1, 1893.

Demise of a Former Belle of Denver in Kentucky

"Pattie Hockaday Field Van Meter, wife of Isaac C. Van Meter, died at her home, near Lexington, Kentucky, on yesterday morning at 1 o'clock. Her mother, Mrs. T. M. Field, was with her during her last illness. Her father left Denver upon the receipt of a telegram informing him of his daughter's dangerous condition and Miss Lizzie Field was summoned from her studies in New York and will reach the Kentucky home at the earliest possible moment. "Only a few months ago the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Van Meter was celebrated amid the most brilliant festivities. A long and happy married life seemed before them. Her bright vivacious manner upon that occasion gave token of the
buoyant, charming nature which had won her a favored spot in home and social circles. She was an honored graduate of the East Denver High School, and foremost in all social and charitable enterprises among the young people. Those who have lived in Denver for any length of time remember that no entertainment, concert or musicale was ever considered complete unless Pattie Field was on the programme. In the halcyon days of the Glenarm Reading club, when local talent was good enough for Denver, she was an invaluable acquisition.
"In the wide social circle which owned her as a member, her influence was felt even more. Her bright, vivacious ways and sunny temperament chased away all thoughts of care and wherever she happened to be there was the center of activity and enjoyment. Her rare personal and mental qualifications are pleasant and lasting memories cherished by the hosts of friends."

From: The Rocky Mountain News, p. 3, Saturday, February 25, 1893.

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