Mary Zoella Foster

Zoella Foster, seated, was born at Prescott, Wis., July 19, 1862. She was John & Elizabeth Foster's oldest daughter. In 1886 she was married to the Rev. Turberville Cory-Thomas. She died on Feb. I5, 1895 of paralysis, at River Falls, Wis., aged 32 years. 

In Loving Memory

(New York Churchman.)

CORY-THOMAS--On Feb. I5, 1895 MARY ZOELLA (nee Foster), the beloved wife of the Rev. T. Cory-Thomas, sometime Rector of St. George's, Grand Crossing, Chicago, after a long and sad illness of paralysis, at River Falls, Wis., aged 32 years.

Requiescat in pace

Winona, Minn., HERALD.

Death of Mrs. T. Cory-Thomas.

The death of Mrs. Zoella Cory-Thomas occurred February 15, at the home of her parents, River Falls, Wisconsin. Her illness had been a lingering one of more than a year's duration. The deceased was a niece of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Whipple, with whom she passed a number of her girlhood school days in this city, and she will be remembered by her associates and friends as Miss Zoella Foster. She was a woman of many excellent qualities of mind and heart, domestic in her tastes and habits, with a loving nature and a Christian spirit toward all with whom she came in contact. It may be truthfully said to the memory of this good woman that her whole life was as pure and blameless as it was loving and charitable. In November, 1886, she was married to Rev. Turberville Cory-Thomas, after which they spent a year in England. During the past five years they had lived in Chicago. The husband, two children, a boy and a: girl, survive her.

(River Falls, Wis., 'JOURNAL')

Cory-Thomas.--In this city, Feb. 15, 1895, Mary Zoella, beloved wife of the Rev. T. Cory-Thomas, of Chicago. Zoella Foster was born at Prescott, Wis., July 19, 1862. Her early life was spent in River Falls, where she grew to womanhood. As a child she was always a comfort to her mother and an inspiration to her friends. By her great love for children and her enduring patience she was especially fitted for the calling she chose, that of a kinder gartener*. In 1886 she was married to the Rev. T. Cory-Thomas, youngest son of the late Hon. Edward Cory-Thomas, Chilian Consul at Birmingham, England, in which country they spent some time. Returning to America, she entered most heartily into the duties of a Rector's wife. She was indeed a helpmeet under all the varying circumstances of the city mission field. By her death two little children are bereft of the truest and noblest mother's care earth ever gave, Little Paul Scott went before and I doubt not was at the Gate to meet her when she entered Paradise. Through all the long, weary months of suffering, no word of complaint ever escaped her lips. Surely this "Goddess of Patience" is a worthy example for us all. She was buried from Trinity church in which she had been baptized, confirmed, and married, and of which her husband was at one time Rector. We weep with the bereaved husband and family "that one so lovely should have a life so brief." "Of all the thoughts of God that are Borne inward into souls afar, Along the Psalmist's music deep, Now tell me if that any is. For gift or grace, surpassing this-- " He giveth His beloved, sleep''


*** One of the sweetest and gentlest of her sex has been called by her heavenly Father to swell his ever increasing number of saints in paradise. Mrs. T. Cory-Thomas, after a most sad and lingering illness, which ended in paralysis, died February 15, at River Falls, Wis. Mary Zoella (nee Foster), the beloved wife of Rev. T. Cory-Thomas, late Rector of St. George's Church, Chicago, was born in Prescott, Wis., in 1862. She was buried from the church in River Falls, Wis., in which she was Baptized, Confirmed, and Married, and of which her husband was Rector for two years. With a nature that endeared her to every soul with whom she came in contact, the sad intelligence of her taking away will come to the legion of her friends in this vicinity with profound and heart-felt sadness. Hers was the pure and loving nature that inspired better and nobler thoughts and purposes and made stronger, truer and more God-like men and women of all those who had the privilege of knowing her. While for the husband and family of this most lovable lady we have only the deepest sympathy, their loss is surely slight in comparison with the royal welcome she has received from her heavenly Father, and in whose home, as one of the brightest and most beautiful of God's saints, she will shine, a jewel at last in its proper setting.

* German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Gärtner): occupational name for a gardener or vintner from an agent derivative of Middle High German garte 'enclosure garden'.