NAME: Smith, Sarah Ann (m. George L. Carver)
OBIT: need help in locating an obituary for Sarah
An obituary has not been found yet for Sarah Ann Smith Carver who was born 8 Apr 1857 in Pennsylvania. She was one of 15 children born to James D. Smith and his wife, Catherine Frantz. Sarah died 25 Aug 1946 in Rockwell City, Calhoun County, Iowa and buried the 28 Aug 1946 in Rose Hill Cemetery in Manson, Iowa along side her husband, George L. Carver who she married 26 Jul 1878 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
She was mother to John Richard Carver (married Rose S. Hansen), Lana J. Carver (m. Harry Pressel), Nellie I. Carver (m. Joseph G. Tiernan), Olive Carver, Charles Allen Carver (m. Celia J. Thomas), and two more children that preceded her in death; grandmother to five, great-grandmother to 13.
Her parents may have been less than happy that she married George Carver but her devotion to him was noted in his obituary. "It is a wife’s duty to stand by her husband through all of the trials and tribulations of their married life, but it is safe to say that no woman was ever more faithful to a man than Mrs. Carver has been to her long suffering husband. Day and night during all the months when he was being eaten up alive, his faithful wife has been his constant companion and nurse. No woman ever did more or suffered more for a husband than Mrs. George Carver did for Mr. Carver. Friends and relatives did what they could, but the one who was always there and ready to administer to his every want was his faithful and devoted wife." To read his obit here is the full account.
According to Rose Buter, her granddaughter, Sarah remembers coming across Iowa in a covered wagon and that they were Pennsylvania Dutch. After George died, Sarah sold the larger of the two houses they owned in Manson. About 1924 Sarah had a basement dug under the house and a furnace put in. She bought a loom and set it up in the basement and wove rugs. This house was on the North side of the larger house that Sarah sold, one block off of Main Street in Manson.