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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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Mrs. Hazen I. Sawyer.

"Life is not measured in years but in deeds."  If this be true the measure of Mrs. Sawyer's life is far more than the forty years which marked its beginning and its close.  Marcia Louisa Jenkins was the daughter of Dr. George F. Jenkins and Charlotte Van Wagenen and was born in Keokuk, July 16, 1873.  She received her preparatory education in that city and after graduating from the High School, spent four years in study at Rockford College, being graduated from the musical department.  Feby. 8, 1899, she was married to Hazen Irwin Sawyer, a prominent attorney, the son of Captain I. A. and Mary Irwin Sawyer.  She was a devoted member of the First Westminster Presbyterian church and for many years played the organ for its services, in memory of which a bronze tablet has been placed on the pipe organ in the main auditorium.  She was a musician of unusual talent, having a peculiar sympathetic ability as an accompanist.  She was a charter member of the Monday Music Club and active in its interests.  She was a charter member of the Young Women's Christian Association, for a number of years a director.  She was a charter member of the Keokuk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and twice its Regent.  At the time of her death she was Vice Regent of the State Society of D. A. R.  It was during her regency that the Keokuk statue was erected and her name on the bronze tablet at its base bears testimony to her part in the work.  Her death occurred after a few weeks' illness at the home of her father, Dr. Jenkins, April 10, 1914.  At the State Conference of D. A. R.'s in 1914, a special memorial service was held in her memory.

 

 

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