Death of a Talented Lady: Mary Lou Francis Emmitt

“Waverly, Ohio, December 16 (1884) — Mr. George D Emmitt, who was called to the bedside of his daughter, Mrs. Lou Fitz-Emmitt, at Memphis, Tennessee, arrived here last night with the lady’s remains, she having died before his arrival in Memphis. Miss Lou Emmitt was a general favourite here, her old home, and although yet young, had won an enviable and growing reputation as a pianist and composer of music. She spent last year in Europe for the purpose of study, and also from the demands of health, which had already begun to suffer from too great a devotion to her art.”

“Returning home but partially restored in health, she resumed with her accustomed vigor her work, in charge of a Conservatory of Music at Memphis, but the strain was too great and, as is often the case, overtaxed nature gave way under a spirit that never yielded. Her death was sudden, and it is feared will prove a fatal shock to her invalid mother1. The bereaved parents have the deepest sympathy of the entire community, who regret in her death the loss to society of a genial and accomplished lady and an artist whose rising genius, thus early put out, gave rich promise of a brilliant future.”2

  1. Louisa Miller
  2. Death of a Talented Lady. (1884, December 17). Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, p. 3.