Brown, Hallie Q.
|MRS. MARGARET E. REID -- 1846--1923|
To a large number of the present generation of Wilberforce students this short life sketch will bring personal interest.
Margaret Elizabeth was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1846. Her parents were John and Anna Norris. At the early age of eight years she was converted and during her entire life was a shining example of piety and truth. At the age of eighteen Margaret Norris was married to George W. Reid, who preceeded her in death.
For several years they lived in Kentucky, then moved to Osborn, Ohio, and later made her home in Springfield, Ohio. The couple were industrious and frugal and accumulated sufficient to purchase a beautiful home. In 1895 Mr. Reid went on a bond for a friend who proved false and their property, representing years of toil and sacrifice was swept away. In that year Mrs. Reid moved to Wilberforce and kept a boarding house which was opened to the public for twenty-eight consecutive years. Not blessed with children of her own Mrs. Reid reared two children who died soon after reaching their majority. Later she adopted her sister's three children, Anna, Margaret, and John Gillard. For this kind act she was liberally rewarded with deep affection and unusual loyalty and devotion on the part of her name-sake Margaret.
Mrs. Reid was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Wilberforce and was active in all good work. Her life was one of service. Hundreds of students who attended Wilberforce University during her life, were the recipients of her bounty. She was never known to turn one from her door or
To all who knew her, students, faculty, neighbors, and friends this sweetly-disposed, unselfish, never-tiring woman was lovingly called, "Auntie Reid." So when she fell asleep on August 11, 1923, at the age of seventy-seven, the flame of love and appreciation burned on the heart altars of thousands scattered throughout America, the islands of the sea, and far off Africa.
It was a privilege to know her and to be one of those whom she helped, for her example was above reproach--her life beautiful, and although she did not accumulate much of this world's goods, she laid up for herself treasures in heaven where moth doth not corrupt. This image of this friend, soft-spoken, kind and generous with hands outstretched to the poor and needy will live in the hearts of those who knew her, for none knew her, but to love her.