08 May 2010

Obituary--Mrs S. B. Rolison (Martha Jane)

This obituary is signed by my favorite obituary writer, but after the first line, I knew it was her work without looking. The first in a series of "Mrs Robertson" or suspected Mrs Robertson obituaries.

From the 22 April 1915 Fremont Times-Indicator:

Mrs. S. B. Rolison

The reaper, Death, silently entered the home of Dr. Sidney B. Rolison last Saturday morning and took from him his life long companion, at the age of 63 years, 11 months and 17 days. This coming was not unexpected, for Mrs. Rolison had long been in failing health. Over two years ago she was stricken with paralysis and steadily declined from that time, but always showing marked fortitude and patience through it all.
Martha Jane DeVinney was born in West Sparta, Livingston county, New York, and was married to Dr. Sydney B Rolison January 19 1878. (Did you notice she spelled his name differently here?) In 1880 Dr. Rolison and wife came to Ann Arbor, where they remained until he graduated from the medical department. In 1888 they came to Hesperia, where they have since resided, the doctor building up a successful practice, and in this she was faithful even unto death, for her husband was her sole care and she always had his interests close at heart; when she was not keeping weary givils for him at night, on hand ready to answer every call, with all the comforts of a well kept home, and the sympathies of a loving wife waiting for him on his return from his long, hard drives, she was with him on his rides to lend her aid and sympathy to suffering humanity.
Mrs. Rolison was a fellow traveler on the highway of life who helped carry the burdens of the wayfarer. A conscientious Christian, she was ever ready to give hop and cheer, make life a little brighter, a little sweeter, a little more worth the living for those with whom she came in contact.
She leaves a husband and three sisters to Mourn, Mrs. Hattie Rolison of Hart;, Mrs George Schutt of Hesperia, and an elder sister, near Cadillac, who was too ill to attend the funeral. These stricken ones have the heartfelt sympathy of all, especially the one who must travel the rest of the way alone, but who has the solace of knowing he has done what he could.
Mrs. Rolison has entered into the eternal; and we feel as she passed through the gates she heard the welcome shout, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
The funeral service was held at the home Tuesday afternoon and 3 o'clock, Rev. M. Oldt, of the M. E. church officiating, assisted by Rev. Geo. Van Wingerden. the quartet of the M.E. church sang. The floral pieces were many and beautiful.
Those from out of town attending the funeral were Fred Duryea of Caddilac; Mr. and Mrs. Henry DeVinney, New Baltimore; M. A. (illegible), Hart; Ray Rolison and Mr. and Mrs Benj. Candee, White Cloud; Mr and Mrs Gage, Newaygo, and Mr. and Mrs. W. Leonard, Fremont.
Mrs. Mary Robertson.
Whew! What can one add to that?

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