Vashi Hawkins grave marker
The grave marker of Vashti Hawkins, who died in 1903 after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on July 21, 1903, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 3, Column 2.

Mrs. J.A. Hawkins died at her home in Philomath, July 14th, at the age of 47 years, after an illness of five months with cancer. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.R. Parker, in the M.E. church at Philomath, in the presence of a large number of friends of the deceased. Interment occurred at the Newton cemetery. The husband, four sons and three daughters survive to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and devoted mother. Vashti A. Smith was born June 14, 1849, in Jackson county, Missouri, near Kansas City. She moved to Greenwood county, Kansas with her parents in 1859; as married to J.A. Hawkins January 9, 1872, and they moved to Oregon in 1876.

Published as it appeared on July 18, 1903, in the Corvallis Times, Page 3, Column 4.

Mrs. J.A. Hawkins of Philomath, bade her family the long farewell Tuesday, the 14th inst., at the age of 47 years. The funeral services was held in the Philomath M.E. church, and was conducted by Rev. J.R. Parker, in the presence of a large gathering of friends. Interment was in the Newton cemetery. Mrs. Hawkin’s death was caused from cancer, and she had suffered greatly during five months. The bereft family is a husband, four sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins came to Benton county many years ago.