Brockway, Mary Elizabeth (Zeller) (October 20, 1873 - December 1, 1935)

Mrs. Mary Brockway Dies After a

Lingering Illness Was Loved Teacher in Our Schools IN HOSPITAL TEN MONTHS Many Gather to Pay Last Respects to Woman Who Was Fine Mother, Teacher and Citizen

Douglas Budget - December 5, 1935

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brockway, aged 62 years, died at the Douglas hospital Sunday morning at 6:15 o'clock. Her death followed a long illness, she having been an inmate of the hospital the last ten months.

The death of Mrs. Brockway takes away a woman who had the respect, the love and the admiration of the people of this community. She was recognized as one of the most successful teachers in our schools. Her pupils idolized her and the parents of those pupils knew that their children were getting real instruction from their teacher. She was a splendid mother, and lived to see her two sons, orphaned when young, complete their college education and become established in life. John is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and is a lieutenant in the navy, stationed at San Diego. George is a graduate of the Wyoming State University and is a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, now taking training at the school in Philadelphia. Both were at their mother's bedside when death came.

Mary Elizabeth Zeller was born at Carrollton, Mo., October 20, 1873, the daughter of Isadore and Mary Dieterich Zeller. She attended the Carrollton schools and the University of Missouri, where she received a teacher's life certificate. She later attended summer schools at the University of Colorado and the University of Wyoming, receiving a life teacher's certificate from the latter school.

She was married to Earl Hadley Brockway of Appleton, Wis., at Denver on June 5, 1909 and they came to Douglas to make their home that year. Mr. Brockway died December 7, 1920. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Brockway became a regular teacher in the Douglas schools; in which she had frequently been a substitute teacher. She continued in this work until ill health forced her retirement.

Mrs. Brockway was a member of Woodbine Chapter of the Eastern Star and of the Congregational church.

Besides her sons, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Fred Gorman of Carrollton, Mo.; two brothers, Isadore Beck Zeller of Carrollton and Fred Zeller of Waldren, Kan.

Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Clayton Judy. The pallbearers were Clarence Slonaker, Dean Esmay, John Bansept, Louis Cook, Hub Southwick and Frederick Clough, all of whom had been her pupils. Burial was in Douglas cemetery.


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