Alta Pauline Markham Darrah

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Saturday, December 22, 1928

Mrs. Darrah Dies, Pneumonia

Prominent Gifford Matron Passes Tuesday - Burial Held Thursday.

Gifford, Dec. 21 - Mrs. Clark Darrah, prominent matron of the Gifford region, was laid to rest in Gifford Hill cemetery yesterday afternoon, following funeral services held at the Methodist church in charge of the Rev. Larsen. Mrs. Darrah passed away Tuesday evening at 6 o'clock following a short illness with pneumonia and incidental complications.

The unexpected death of Mrs. Darrah came as a severe shock to the community. On Sunday last she first complained of her illness and shortly afterward took to her bed although at no time until her passing was she thought to be in a critical condition, according to the attending physician.

On Tuesday afternoon her condition was reported as being an acute case of pneumonia but still no great alarm was felt by her family. Shortly before 6 o'clock Mr. Darrah was giving his wife orange juice and had raised her so that she might be in a better position for taking it. The extra pressure exerted on the heart by the congested lung must have been too abrupt because she died almost instantaneously, before a doctor could reach her.

Mr. Darrah and the immediate family were the only ones present at the time of her death. Besides her widower Mrs. Darrah leaves three young children: Clark, Lindsey and Othello.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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