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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Rest well, Miss Mattie

 
 
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By Kenny Shackleford, December 24, 2003
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Inscription. 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 service work.

Through her inspiration, the Cobb County Welfare Department, the Cobb County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Chest and other humanitarian agencies were founded. She was 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 association included the Civic League of Marietta – which later became the Woman’s Club -, A charter membership in the Flower Garden Club and an honorary membership of Marietta County 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 Mattie 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 the 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 spirt; and a Martha to translate His truth
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By Kenny Shackleford, December 2, 2003
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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 be run,
      no lagging steps, no faltering, no shrinking;
Let me die working.”

          Rest well, Miss Mattie.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 33° 56.724′ N, 84° 32.94′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Powder Springs Road (Georgia Route 360). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Root (a few steps from this marker); S. V. Sanford (a few steps from this marker); Slave Lot (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); U.D.C. Confederate Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Founder's Lot William Harris (within shouting distance of this
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By Kenny Shackleford, December 2, 2003
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marker); This Little Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Rev. Thomas Milton Allen (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the top of the hill in the old Marietta Cemetery south of the shelter at the Monument to the Confederate Dead. The sculptor is T.J. Dixon.
 
Also see . . .
1. Marietta Statue Honors Woman Who Saved Confederate Cemetery. This article by By Joe Kirby published in the Civil War News in November 2004, provides some history of Miss Mattie and her efforts to save the Confederate Cemetery. (Submitted on February 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. Photograph of Mattie Harris Lyon, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, 1918. Miss Mattie also authored a booklet entitled, My Recollections of the War Between the States in 1929. (Submitted on February 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Photograph Source. Pictures here are used with permission of the artist. (Submitted on February 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesCharity & Public WorkFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsNotable PersonsWar, US Civil
 
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By Kenny Shackleford, December 2, 2003
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,452 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 6, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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