Giles, Mary Elizabeth (nee Hughes) (1853-1914)
Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by T.C.
The translation of Mary Elizabeth Giles left Rugeley Church, in Stafford Circuit, perceptibly poorer. Her weighty personality, sane counsels, unstinted service, and godly example are much missed.
Her whole life was spent in Primitive Methodism at Willenhall, Chase Terrace and Littleworth, Norton Caries, and Dartmouth Park, London. Then for nine years she shared with her husband the duties of caretaker of Surrey Chapel, Blackfriars. Health failing, they returned to Staffordshire, and settled in business at Rugeley,
Heredity, environment, and saving grace combined to make her what she was. The last time she used a pen it was to sign an arrangement for £5 to be paid to Pye Green chapel fund as her last token of indebtedness to this cause. Her work-sphere was the school, choir, bazaar, sick chamber, family circle. Most Sundays, in London, her home was open to young girls who had no suitable place to spend the day.
Her end came quickly on April 23rd, but was peaceful and triumphant.
Mary was born in 1853 at Wednesfield, Staffordshire, to parents Benjamin Hughes, a coal miner (1871), and Elizabeth Francis.
She married Alfred James Giles (1853-1938), a sweet & tobacco dealer (1911) on 1 June 1878 at Hednesford, Staffordshire.
Mary died on 23 April 1914 at Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/578
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