Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 06:37:14 :
Thursday, February 20, 1941
Last Rites For Mrs. Dollar Held
Church Chimes Peal Benediction At Last Rites
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the First Presbyterian Church for Mrs. Margaret Dollar, widow of the late Captain Robert Dollar, famous shipowner. Dr. John Jefferson Canoles, pastor of the church officiated, and spoke of the strong, God-fearing Christian character of the deceased, and of the inspiration and help through 57 years of married life, which Mrs. Dollar gave to her late husband, and to all those who knew her.
Following the service, which was under the direction of the Keaton Mortuary, the casket was taken to Tamalpais cemetery and placed in a vault, beside that of the late Captain Dollar, who passed away about nine years ago.
During the service the chimes in the tower of the Presbyterian Church, which were given by Mr. and Mrs. Dollar, sounded notes of familiar hymns, which both had loved to hear in life.
Mrs. Dollar passed away last Saturday morning, at the age of 89 years. Death came at the old home of the Dollar Estate here, following an illness of many years. A decline in her health was noted shortly after the death of her famous husband, who passed away May 16, 1932.
Her life was saddened still more by the death later of two sons and one daughter, Melville and J. Harold Dollar, and Grace (Dollar) Dickson.
Native of Canada
Mrs. Dollar was a native of Canada, born there in 1851. When twenty-one years of age, Miss Margaret Proudfoot became the bride of Capt. Robert Dollar, and destined to share vast honor, fame and fortune of her distinguished husband whose ships, the Dollar Lines, encircled the globe.
Once in a while Mrs. Dollar joined her husband in this many voyages of inspection of the lines in world ports.
But, although Captain Dollar’s shipping business carried him far away, his home was in San Rafael, where the family maintained a palatial estate, in which they took much pride, as did the residents of San Rafael.
With the death of Mrs. Dollar, only one son, R. Stanley Dollar, of Piedmont, is left to mourn the passing of his aged mother. There are eighteen grandchildren of the deceased and four great grandchildren.
“Lives such as this,” said Dr. Canoles, “inspire the living generation to rebuilding civilization’s anchorage – the Christian home. … From such homes strong people go forth to create a better world. … Great honors came to both her husband and herself. But both never lost their humility and Christian spirit so essential to a well balanced life and personality. … When you hear the chimes ring today let them be a symbol of her influence and benefactions.”
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