19 November 2010

Obituary--Mrs, Cody (Etta) Maxson

I've mentioned before how sometimes a person will have a regular obituary, plus get mentioned in one or two different community gossip columns.  This is one such case.  It probably helped in this case that she apparently died over a week before the paper came out, probably just missing the deadline.  That way everyone had time to get the details and write it up for the next paper. 

All from the 7 May 1914 Fremont TimesIndicator:

First the regular obituary.
Mrs. Cody Maxson
Mrs. Cody Maxson died at her home five miles south of this city Tuesday, April 28, after a few days illness from pneumonia.  She was 32 years of age.
Mrs Maxson, whose maiden name was Etta Manning, was born in the state of New York April 9, 1882, and moved with her parents to Coldwater Mich., in early childhood.  She made that city her home until January 14, 1909, when she married Cody Maxson.  Since that time Mr. and Mrs. Maxson have made their home on their farm south of Fremont.
Four children were born to them, three of whom died in infancy.  The surviving child, Kenneth, three years old, has been taken to Coldwater to make his home with his grandmother, Mrs. Charles Maxson.
Besides the husband and son, Kenneth, the deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Kent of Jackson, and two brothers, Wm. Manning, and Dorsey Manning, both of Detroit.
The funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon from the Schenck schoolhouse, conducted by Rev. R. W. Paul, pastor of the Congregational church.  Interment in Bridgeton cemetery.
Those attending the funeral from out of town were Mrs. Emma Kent, of Jackson; Wm. and Dorsey Manning of Detroit; and Mrs. Chas. Maxson of Coldwater.

So much for the official obituary.  Here is one of the community notices about her death. 

Mrs. Cody Maxson, who was ill for a short time with pneumonia, passed away at her home five miles south of Fremont Tuesday morning, April 29.  Her name before her marriage to Mr Maxson, was Etta Manning.  She was the mother of four children, three of whom died in infancy.  She is survived by her husband, a son three years old, two brothers and one sister.  she was a kind mother and a good neighbor.  The funeral services were held at the Schenck schoolhouse Thursday, conducted by Rev. Paul, of Fremont.  The body was laid to rest in the Bridgeton cemetery.

Pretty much the same information, except this one says that Tuesday was the 29th, and the first one says the 28th.  Here is the final notice.

The funeral of Mrs Cody Maxon who passed away at her home in South Sheridan, was held from the Schenck schoolhouse last Thursday, Rev. Paul officiating.  She was laid to rest in the Bridgeton cemetery beside her three babies.  She leaves to mourn a husband, little son, one sister, and two brothers.  Her casket was laden with beautiful flowers, a tribute from sorrowing friends and relatives.

I get the feeling that this last one was written by a sympathetic friend, even if they did misspell the name.  The flowers, the mention of her three babies, it all has a touch of someone close to her.  And it is just a little different angle.  Those community gossip columns can sometimes give extra flavor to a cut and dried death notice.

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