Today's obituary and the next one to be posted took some studying. Both are for Lucy Utley, both Lucy's had a maiden name of Gooch. Not the same person obviously, the second is listed as coming to the funeral of today's Lucy and died about half year later.
Such was the peril of reusing popular names among family members. Do you think the size of families contributed to it? Favorite names were shared by cousins, and even siblings, after the first child with a particular name dies. (We will ignore the example of George Foreman and his children.) Anyway, here we go with the first of the Tale of Two Lucys
From the 30 July 1914 Fremont TimesIndicator:
LUCY ELLEN UTLEY
Lucy Ellen Utley, daughter of Mary and Stephen Gooch, was born at Farmington, West Virginia, May 8th, 1848. At the tender age of six years she was left motherless.
She came to Clinton county, Mich., in 1854, making the trip on horseback with an uncle with whom she made her home.
She was married in Newaygo county on August 26th, 1866, to Ephriam Utley, who departed this life on October 4th, 1913.
The greater part of their married life was spent on their farm in Dayton.
They came to Fremont in 1898, which has been her home until her death, which occurred July 23, 1914.
Three sons, Ralph, Clarence, and Otto, one granddaughter, Mable Utley, one sister and one brother, Mrs. Wm. Leonard, of Fremont, and Raymer Gooch of Texas, with scores of friends she leaves to mourn their loss.
The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at her home on Elm street. Rev. R. A. Thibos, pastor of the Church of christ, conducted the services. Interment took place in Maple Grove cemetery.
The following from out of town attended the funeral: Mrs. Henry Barton, of Big Rapids; Mrs Lucy Utley and Mr Abe Hemiley, of Newaygo; Mr. and Mrs Walter Winters, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Utley, Mr. and Mrs. James Caldwell, Mrs. Addie Scott and son, Walter; Mrs. G. Eldridge and Mrs. Nellie Carlisle, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Mills, all of Hesperia.
Not too flowery, with lots details. I love obituaries with lots of names too. Now if only it would have said how this other Lucy Utley is related.