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Burrows Sayre Stone

Obituary of Marie Burrows Sayre, Seattle, Washington.

The death of Mrs. Marie Burrows Sayre, of Seattle, Wash., on April 13, 1916, is deeply mourned by the members of Robert E. Lee Chapter, No. 885, U. D. C., of which she was a charter member. From the time of its organization Mrs. Sayre was prominent in the councils of the Chapter, having held in turn the offices of Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, and First Vice President and finally, as a demonstration of the regard in which she was held, being elected in 1912 Honorary Vice President for life. She also served the Chapter on many important committees. In 1908 she was appointed by Mrs. Cornelia Branch Stone as State Director for the Arlington Monument Fund, and for this cause she labored untiringly and devotedly.

Marie Burrows was born of an old Southern family in Alexandria, Va., seventy-four years ago, April, 27. Her uncle, Dr. John Burrows, of Virginia, was one of the most widely known Baptist ministers in the South. Her days of young womanhood were full of stirring romance. During much of the war she was upon the battle fields of the great conflict with the Army of Northern Virginia as a nurse in the field hospitals or, with all the Southern women of the time, making bandages or scraping lint for the wounded soldiers. An exciting incident was the capture of herself and her mother by Confederate cavalry under J. E. B. Stuart while attempting to run the blockade out of Richmond to get to their home in Alexandria, no one being allowed to pass the lines at that period of the war.

In 1872, in Washington City, Miss Burrows was married to Capt. James M. Sayre, of the Union army, who died in 1877. Of their three children, a daughter and a son survive her.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1916.

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