Pattie Hockaday Van Meter
One of the saddest deaths that it has been our lot to record for
a long time was that of Mrs. Pattie Vanmeter, wife of I. C. Vanmeter, Jr., which
occurred Friday. In the prime
of her beauteous womanhood, with a beautiful home, a loving husband, popular,
talented and accomplished, she had so much for which to live and life promised
so much to her, but it is finished. Less than a year ago she left her home in
far-off Colorado to come to our bluegrass land a happy bride. Now, all that is
mortal has been consigned to the tomb, and where a short time ago all was
happiness, now has the shadow of the angel of death brought sorrow and gloom.
She was a lady of noble, christian character, a devoted member of the Baptist
church, and none knew her but to esteem her. Rev. J. N. Prestridge preached the
funeral at her late residence Monday morning and the remains were carried to
Lexington for interment."
From: The Winchester Democrat (KY),
Wednesday, March 1, 1893.
Demise of a Former Belle of Denver in
"Pattie Hockaday Field Van Meter, wife of Isaac C. Van Meter, died at her home,
near Lexington, Kentucky, on yesterday morning at 1 o'clock. Her mother, Mrs. T.
M. Field, was with her during her last illness. Her father left Denver upon the
receipt of a telegram informing him of his daughter's dangerous condition and
Miss Lizzie Field was summoned from her studies in New York and will reach the
Kentucky home at the earliest possible moment. "Only a few months ago the
marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Van Meter was celebrated amid the most brilliant
festivities. A long and happy married life seemed before them. Her bright
vivacious manner upon that occasion gave token of the
buoyant, charming nature which had won her a favored spot in home and social
circles. She was an honored graduate of the East Denver High School, and
foremost in all social and charitable enterprises among the young people. Those
who have lived in Denver for any length of time remember that no entertainment,
concert or musicale was ever considered complete unless Pattie Field was on the
programme. In the halcyon days of the Glenarm Reading club, when local talent
was good enough for Denver, she was an invaluable acquisition.
"In the wide social circle which owned her as a member, her influence was felt
even more. Her bright, vivacious ways and sunny temperament chased away all
thoughts of care and wherever she happened to be there was the center of
activity and enjoyment. Her rare personal and mental qualifications are pleasant
and lasting memories cherished by the hosts of friends."
From: The Rocky Mountain News, p. 3,
Saturday, February 25, 1893.