Young Carrie died at home on February 27, 1900, two weeks after her 26th birthday and a month before her and Will's second wedding anniversary. One can only assume that Will was devastated by Carrie's death, even more so because just over a month prior, Carrie had given birth to their first child, a daughter named Hilda. (No doubt, childbirth contributed to either the onset or swift work of the unnamed sickness that claimed her.) 33 years later, Hilda, too, would meet an untimely end, just four days shy of the anniversary of her mother's death.
Unfortunately, local historians have been unable to track down a photo of Carrie Zesch. Her likeness may forever be lost to time, but perhaps there is no better legacy of this young woman than the obituary written for her in the Mason County News:
"No death in Mason in recent years has been more regretted by our people than the passing away of Mrs. Carrie Hey Zesch, wife of Mr. Will Zesch, which occurred at her residence at 3pm Tuesday last...Life promised much for these young people. They were fortunate, and contented in each other's love, and long years of happiness seemed open to them. but disease came and in a few brief weeks its grim and relentless work brought low the young wife and faded the roses from her cheeks. All that human skill could do, all that love could accomplish, was done to save the life of the young wife. In the struggle against disease and death no more devotion could have been shown than Will Zesch gave his young wife. Nothing however could avert the end, and quietly, peacefully, she sank into the arms of the Great Giver of Life, surrounded by those whom in life she held most dear. Through her sufferings, she was most uncomplaining, and thus she faded out of the life of those whom she had blessed in her more vigorous existence, and closed her mortal eyes forever in the dreamless sleep of death."