Monday, February 11, 2013

Mary Emily (OSBORNE) WILHITE Dies in Indianapolis (1934)

source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, September 27, 1934 - page 1, column 2

Mary Emily Wilhite, a well known musician, died Thursday night in her home at 713 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, after an illness of several months.

She was a daughter of Wyatt and Marticia Osborne, and was born sixty-nine years ago. She was a successful local teacher of piano and organ for many years, and for several years was head of the department of music of Central Normal College. For twenty years, she was organist at the M.E. church and her lovely music was an inspiration to her hearers. Her ability as a vocalist was marked and she willingly used her gift to cheer and comfort many. She and her husband, Dr. E.M. Wilhite, an optometrist, moved to Indianapolis, twenty-two years ago, and for eighteen years she was organist at the Broadway M.E. church. She resigned in October, 1933, because of failing health.

She was prominent in musical circles in Indianapolis, many years being a teacher of piano and organ at the Metropolitan Conservatory of Music, and the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music.

Survivors are the husband and three sisters, Mrs. Anita Bigbee, nee Ora Osborne, and Mrs. Lindley Carey, nee Hattie Osborne, of Westfield, and Mrs. Ruth Robinson of Santa Monica, Cal. Funeral services were held in the home at 10 o'clock, Monday morning, and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

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