Irons, Mary Elizabeth (nee Timson) (1860-1914)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

Curzon St. Church, Leicester Third Circuit, has suffered severely by the death of Mrs. R.H. Irons, who for many years has been intimately connected with all its activities. Mrs. Irons was one of those bright and beautiful spirits whose very presence means sunshine in any assembly of the faithful. Her conversion took place in early years amongst the Wesleyans. On becoming associated with Mr. Irons, she joined our people at Curzon Street, and proved an ardent and loyal Primitive Methodist until her death. 

She was devoted to the class meeting and the Sunday night prayer meeting. For many years Mrs. Irons was president of the Ladies’ Committee, and into the work of the Ladies’ Missionary Auxiliary she threw herself with ardour. 

Her death came all unexpectedly on May 13th in her fifty-third year. The interment took place on May 16th after an impressive service in the Curzon Street chapel. Revs. A.W. Bagnall and N. Jefferson officiated throughout.


Mary was born on 18 October 1860 at Saltby, Leicestershire, to parents William Bryan Timson, who worked the land (1861), and Sarah Anne Berridge. She was baptised on 25 November 1860 at Saltby.

She married Robert Henry Irons (1862-1919), a mill manager at cotton mill (1901), in early 1886 at Leicester, Leicestershire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Sarah Elizabeth Frances (1886-1975) – married Harold Woods a lace twist hand (1911), in 1909
  • Ada (1889-1976) – married Verdon Robert Nadin Jefferson, a bank clerk (1911), in 1912

Mary died on 13 May 1914 at Leicester, Leicestershire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/666

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