We cling to the enduring strength of stone to fight the fear of being forgotten.
So please take a moment to remember:
Hannah Seright, who died in 1861. An extraordinary achievement-to reach the age of 102. And a curse. She spent 44 of them without her husband William.
The deeper, more bold inscription for Hannah seems almost a relief, and the brevity of words impersonal, as if she knew the loneliness of one who outlives the last of her mourners.
In Memory of
who departed this Life
April the 20th A.D. 1817
Aged 65 Years
Let me die the Death of the righteous
and let my last end be like his
of his wife
died Oct. 1861
in the 102nd year of her age.
(Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, West Brandywine Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania)