06 January 2011

Obituary--Mary Ann Mayo

This is a simple little obituary.  Nothing outstanding, very typical of any obituary you may see in the local paper any week. 
Yet, that is what caught my eye because it is actually different from many of the period obituaries.  It has birth information, and an actually date of death, although it is buried in the text.  Marriage information is there, and names off all the surviving children.  It even tells an approximate time of death of the spouse.   All in all, very informative.
From the 7 May, 1914 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Mrs. Mary Ann Mayo
The death of Mrs. Mary Ann Mayo occurred last Tuesday evening, at the home of her son, Oren Mayo, in Wooster.
Mrs. Mayo was born in Allegan county, September 22, 1847, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Fairbanks.  On October 21, 1866, she was united in marriage to Mr. henry, A. Mayo and to this union nine children were born, four daughters and five sons.
Shortly after her marriage to Mr. Mayo they came to Wooster, where they lived on their farm for thirty years.  Since the death of her husband, which occurred over a year ago, Mrs. Mayo has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Dingman, in Newaygo.
About two weeks ago she went to Muskegon to visit her three sons and was taken seriously ill.  On the morning of May 5 she was brought to the home of her son Oren Mayo, where she died that evening at 10:30 o'clock of dropsy.
The children who survive her are: Mrs. Myrtle Overholt. of Arcadia; Mrs. Lillian Dingman, of Newaygo; Mrs. Adella Peterson, of Edmore; Mrs Dora Splitstone, of Wooster; Oren, and Claud, of Wooster; and Harvey, Alonzo and Fred, of Muskegon.
The funeral services will be held at the Splitstone schoolhouse at Wooster, Saturday at 12 o'clock.

Informative yet concise.  What I am puzzling over is why they took her to Wooster, instead of home to Newaygo.  Wooster definitely is NOT on the way home from Muskegon.  Perhaps since there were also 3 children who lived there, and since that was where the farm had been, they wanted her closer to her long time home and friends.  
I hope it wasn't because they wanted her to die closer to the cemetery.

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