An. old and respected Wairarapa resident, Mrs. Mary Ann Cave, died at her home, "Nympsfield," Masterton, on Saturday night.
The late Mrs. Cave, who was 85 years of age, had borne with fortitude for many years the lot of a confirmed invalid. No one was more thoroughly respected and esteemed.
Mrs. Cave was a liberal contributor to many charities, and it was said of her that she was never appealed to in vain in a good cause.
Born in Wellington in 1848, Mrs. Cave was brought to the Wairarapa by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Iorns, when she was a child. At the age of 22 she was married to Mr. A. W. Cave, who died thirteen years ago.
She was a grand-daughter of Mr. Joseph Masters, after whom Masterton is named, and her mother was the first storekeeper in Masterton.
The late Mr. Cave farmed a property at Te Ore Ore, and he and his wife lived there for many years until he retired, and they took up their residence at "Nympsfield" 28 years ago.
Mrs. Cave was one of the founders of the Church of the Epiphany, at Kuripuni, and took an active and prominent part in its affairs.
She is survived by a brother, Mr. J. Iorns, of Masterton; a sister, Mrs. S. Cox, Taranaki; a half-sister; Mrs. F. Johnson, and several half-brothers, the Messrs. Bannister, of Masterton.
A journey in search of ancestors: the English Cotswolds to the Wairarapa in New Zealand, by Christopher Pope, (Fraser Books), documents the history of Augustus William Cave, a prominent Wairarapa pioneer.