12 March 2011

Obituary--Ellen Amelia (Mrs. Henry) Coy

This is another obituary of a woman whose obituary appeared in the fall of 1917.  Again born out of town, even out of state in this case, Mrs. Coy was very active during her long life.  The obituary of her husband was previously posted.  Now is her turn to shine.

From the 8 November 1917  Fremont TimesIndicator:


Eighty-three years ago in the little town of Medina, Ohio, Ellen Amelia Harrington was born, and this place was her home for nearly thirty years when she came as one of the pioneers to Michigan.  Three years later she was married to Henry Coy of Fremont, where together they built and occupied the first fram house which was their home for nineteen years.  They then removed to a farm one and one-half miles northwest of Hesperia where they lived until a few years ago when they both being aged, went to Grand Raids to live with their daughter, at whose home Mrs. Coy passed away very suddenly October 31, 1917 and was laid to rest by the side of husband in Fairplains cemetery, November 2.  Rev. Garfield of Berean Baptist church officiated, and Mrs. Mary E. Bodwell conducted the services for the W.C.T.U. which order came in a body.
Mrs. Coy was active in all good and helpful things, having had charge of one of the stations for relief work among the soldiers of the civil war.  She was one of the Crusade Mothers in the W.C.T. U work and helped organize the work among the women and children of Newaygo county.  In this work she retained an active interest until the last, having helped to raise funds and distributed literature during the fight last Fall to make Michigan dry.
She was a devoted wife and mother and with her sweet cheerful personality endeared herself to all who knew her.  Two daughters and the husband preceded her in death, and she leaves to mourn her loss besides countless friends, four daughters, Mrs. Carrie Clifford of Washington, Mrs. Sarah Howe, Ohio, Mrs. Ollie Waterman, 2 Travis St., Grand Rapids, Mrs. Emma Robbins, one son, Charles E. Coy, 125 Ottawa St. Muskegon, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mrs. Coy lived nearly 50 years longer than Mrs. Davis in the previous obituary.  And truly an active live, helping with relief for soldiers of the civil war, as well as active in the Temperance Union almost to the end.  And her tie to the area is clear, having lived for many years in Fremont and Hesperia.  
One thing puzzles me here.  (There is always something you know.)  His obituary said he married Ellen Tanner.  Her obituary said her maiden name was Harrington.  No mention of a previous marriage.  Did she have a first husband that died in the Civil War or something? I hate it when obits contradict each other, or leave out marriages altogether. 

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