Earlier today, I posted a photo of a bronze statue that is located in the City Cemetery in Marietta. On the granite bench that the statue sits on, there is an open book. It started raining after I took the photo and I was unable to get any information that was on the statue.
I went back today because I was curious and a few people asked questions about the bronze. The following is engraved on the pages of the open book:
Mattie Harris Lyon, 97, the "Mother of Marietta," was known for her years of zealous and affectionate service in religious, civic, welfare and patriotic activities. Her life was dedicated to the service of people of all races. A true humanitarian, she gave unselfishly through religious and social services work.
Through her inspiration, the Cobb County Welfare Department, The Cobb County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Chest and other humanitarian services were founded. She was the President of the Women's Missionary Society at the First Methodist Church, active in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Ladies Confederate Memorial Association. Other associations included the Civic League of Marietta - which later became the Woman's Club-, a charter membership in the Flower Garden Club and an honoree membership of the Marietta Country Club. She took the lead in marking the graves of the dead in the Confederate Cemetery, adjacent to the City Cemetery.
It was said of Hattie Harris Lyon...
"A city comes in time to have a personality and therefore a heart, and in the very center of Marietta's heart Mattie Harris Lyon is enshrined. She was a princess of the golden pen for he letters of good cheer she wrote; a veritable Dorcas of good deeds to the poor and needy; a Mary to sit at the feet of her Lord and learn of His spirit; and a Martha to translate His truth into blessed doing. She was a great teacher, for she taught Marietta to have a heart and a mighty love. Reverend Marvin Williams
She was a living example that old age can be beautiful and meaningful. Her life answered her prayer:
"Let me die working,
still tackling plans unfinished and undone;
Clean to its end may my race run, no lagging steps, no faltering, no shrinking
Let me die working.
Rest well, Miss Mattie
She was born November 6, 1850 and passed December 1, 1947. She was married to M. R. Harris, April 3, 1847 - January 29, 1916. They had a daughter, Ruth, July 14, 1890 - March 14, 1895. There were no other headstones in the Harris plot to signify if she had borne other children.
This is the "view" that the statue of Miss Mattie has. It looks towards the Confederate Cemetery (the obelisk) and the Marietta Square.
Another view of the bronze monument next to her family plot.