510 History of Wake Forest College
rearing of these children, who grew up as olive plants around her
By inheritance and training Mrs. Brewer came into possession of
much that was excellent in her character. It was her deep spirituality,
however, that gave to her life its peculiar attractiveness. She was
intensely interested in all that pertained to her Master's cause and the
cries of his little ones were never by her unheeded... .
As her sun with sharpening angle dipped low in the western sky,
with the fading day there gradually faded from her eyes the power of
vision. It was hard at first for her to realize that the light she so much
loved was to be shut out by the stealthily forming cataract. When the
dread apprehension became a certainty, with beautiful resignation she
entered into her affliction. . . . A careful examination of her eyes by
the surgeon inspired the hope that an operation might be successful....
To her own joy, and the joy no less of many anxious hearts, the ordeal
was blessed with happy issue. She was soon able to recognize faces
and even to read her Bible, whose precious pages had for so many
months been veiled from sight. . . . Yet her returning vision was but
the foregleam of the heavenly vision soon to follow. It was on the
morning of January 12, 1900, that the mists were lifted and the
shadows all dispersed. Then the Heaven opened, and she beheld the
King in his glory.
(From sketch, abridged, by Dr. W. B. Royall, in the
Wake Forest Student, XXVI. 3ff.)
The close of the earthly career of this beautiful and beneficent life
brings to countless hearts unspeakable sorrow. Wake Forest is in
tears, and all who know Wake Forest mourn.
It was on August 9, 1906, in the quiet of an evening hour, that she
peacefully fell asleep. About her in the dear home, ministering to
every need and supplying every comfort, were her loved ones, and
among them, to their mutual joy, her devoted sister, Mrs. Janie P.
Duggan, of Porto Rico.
Mrs. Taylor, before her marriage, was Miss Mary Hinton Prichard,
and was born March 28, 1845, in Danville, Virginia. She was the
daughter of Rev. John L. Prichard, who after a career of eminent
service as a minister of the gospel, and while yet in the strength of his
powers and at the zenith of his usefulness, laid down his life for God
and humanity and by remaining at his post as pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Wilmington, North Carolina, during the epidemic
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