03 May 2013

Obituary--Carrie Belle Ford Cross Allen

 Today's obituary is for my double great grandmother.  Why double?  She was married to both my paternal great-grandfathers.  After divorcing her first husband, she married her second, whose son by a previous marriage, married her daughter from her first.   Such a tangled web builds our family trees.  

This obituary is from a 25 February 1954 paper, probably Fremont Times Indicator:

Funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 1:15 from the Dayton Center Wesleyan Methodist Church for Mrs Carrie B. Allen, 80, who passed away Tuesday morning at Gerber Memorial hospital following a lingering illness.  Rev Leonard Brown will be in charge of service and the body will be taken to the Alton cemetery located north of Lowell for burial.
Mrs Allen was born on March 4 1873 in Michigan.  She has been making her home with a son, Clayton Cross at 127 E Elm.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs Edna Allen of Fremont, and Mrs Clyde E Wilson of Grand Rapids, three sons Herbert J Cross of New Buffalo, Arthur Cross of Bitely and Clayton of Fremont; two sisters Mrs Agnes Sullivan of California and Mrs Burt Riterstorf of Cedar Springs, two brothers Fred Ford of Lowell and Kirk Ford of Bitely; 20 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren.
The body will repose at the Boven Funeral Home until one hour before services.

Ggrandma Carrie is still remembered among my older cousins.  I remember her sitting in her kitchen chair on casters that served as her wheelchair.  My cousins state she was sometimes caught out of the chair, although she officially could not walk.
Her second husband was Omar Allen, mentioned in the previous posting.  Since I didn't have his obituary, I wanted to share hers.  Notice how her stone is similar to his shown previously, but flush to the ground.   The funeral home was a local Fremont establishment that later became Kroeze Funeral Home that is still in business today.