Florence McDowell Shelby


taken from the
Lexington, Kentucky Herald
February 18, 1912

MRS. SHELBY WILL BE LAID TO REST TODAY
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Funeral to be held at the residence at 3o'clock this afternoon.
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CHILDREN ARE HERE
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Dr. Edwin Muller will conduct last services at the home
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The funeral service of Mrs. Florence McDowell Shelby, who died at her home, corner Central and Ashland avenues, late Friday night, following a stroke of apoplexy Thursday evening, will be held at the residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Rev Edwin Muller pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating.  Burial will take place in the family lot in Lexington cemetery.

With the death of Mrs. Shelby, Lexington and Kentucky loses one of their most prominent women, as well as a member of one of the oldest and most noted families of the state.  Mrs. Shelby was 73 years old, and had always made Kentucky her home.  She was a daughter of William Wallace McDowell, the only son of the celebrated surgeon, Dr. Ephraim McDowell, of Danville, whose name was placed in the Hall of Fame at Washington.

Descendant of a Governor

Mrs. Shelby also was a great-grand-daughter of Governor Isaac Shelby, first chief executive of Kentucky, and one of the State's earliest and foremost pioneers.  Her Grandmother, the mother of Dr. Ephraim, was a daughter of Governor Shelby.

Mrs. Shelby and her husband, the late Thomas Hart Shelby, who, at his death a number of years ago was Collector of Internal Revenue for this district, were cousins, and Mr. Shelby was a grandson of Governor Isaac Shelby.  Mrs. Shelby's mother was Miss Mary Hall, a native of Missouri, who lived to a ripe old age and Mrs. Shelby was born and spent her early childhood at the family manor, "Cambus Kenneth" one of the now historic old estates near Danville.  Only one brother and one sister survive her, they being Mr. William McDowell of Texas and Mrs. Mary McDowell Chandler of Monroe County, Missouri.

Upon the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Shelby and until comparatively few years ago, their home was at "Belle Air" a noted estate in the Walnut Hill neighborhood of Fayette county, which was an inheritance of Mr. Shelby from his parents.  There they reared a large family of children, now grown to prominence here and elsewhere.  Mrs. Shelby was an ideal mother and a widely beloved woman, and she held a high social and intellectual standing wherever she was known.

Mr. John T. Shelby, of 418 West Third Street, prominent local attorney, is a step-son of Mrs. Shelby, and her children are Mr. Thomas Hart Shelby, of Versailles pike;  Mrs. Mary C. Shelby and Mr. Wallace McDowell Shelby  of Lexington;  Mrs. Charles Post of Kingston, N.Y.;  Mrs. James P. Matthews of Huntsville, Alabama;  Miss Florence McDowell Shelby of Lexington;  Mrs. Hugh Riddell of Irvine;  Mrs. W. P. Richardson,  Mrs. Katherine Scott,  Mr. Edmond B. Shelby, of Charleston, S.C. and Miss Willie Shelby of Lexington.

Mr. Edmond B. Shelby, Mrs. Mary C. Shelby and Miss Willie Shelby arrived from Charleston, S.C. yesterday.  Mrs. Post has been here several weeks and Mrs. Riddell has been unable to come owing to illness at her home at Irvine, KY..


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