Died, of spotted fever, Jan. 8, 1865, at Ithaca, Gratiot Co., Mich., after an illness of two days, Sr. Mary A. Allen, aged 34 years. She leaves a husband and two children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. Sr. Allen, from her youth, has professed faith in her Lord, and when the tent was in this place last summer, she and her husband readily accepted the truth, and commenced keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. She lived long enough to unite in fellowship with the church, but not to meet with them afterward. She rests in hope. Remarks on the occasion, by the writer, from 1 Thess. iv, 18,14.

I. D. Van Horn
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
24 Jan 1865

Died, in Arcada, Gratiot Co., Mich., March 1, 1869, of dropsy on the brain, Irving N., only child of Bro. Titus G. and sister Sybil A. Andrews, aged 7 months and 16 days. His parents, in their sorrow, have hope that when the Lifegiver comes he will come again from the land of the enemy, where pain will be unknown. Services by the writer on the funeral occasion. Spoke to an attentive congregation of some of the promises of God to his people. Text, Rev. xxii, 14.

S. E. Sutherland
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
16 Mar 1869

Benjamin Franklin Ayars was born March 13, 1849, in Erie County, New York. When he was seventeen years of age, the family moved to Michigan, settling in Gratiot County. He was married Feb. 9, 1878, to Miss Caroline Miner, of Carson City, Mich. In November, 1906, the family moved to Otsego, where he fell asleep Feb. 1, 1917. Brother Ayars was born in the third angel’s message, his parents having been associated with Elder and Mrs. White and Elder Bates.
In him the Otsego church loses a faithful member. His companion, one daughter, two sons, three sisters, and one brother survive.

S. B. Horton
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
05 Apr 1917

Orville L. Ayars, born Feb. 21, 1887, in Gratiot County, Mich.; died at Battle Creek, Mich. His wife, Iva, survives.

Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
03 Sep 1964

Barnhart, John Runkle, b. Sept. 17, 1881, Putnam County, Ohio; d. July 4, 1973, Gratiot County Hospital, Alma, Mich. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., church.

Survivors are son, Everett, of Toledo, Ohio; stepsons Vernon Basinger of Indianapolis, Indiana; Emery Basinger of Elida, Ohio; Gerald Basinger of Lima, Ohio; Leland Basinger of Bluffton, Ohio; and stepdaughter Mrs. Don Dillman of Bluffton.

Columbia Union Visitor
27 Sep 1973

Died, at North Star, Gratiot Co., Mich., Jan. 4, 1866, William Barns, aged 46 years. He was sick a little over five days, with the pleurisy and lung fever. He united with the church at Ithaca at its organization, about a year ago. We trust he died in hope of eternal life. He leaves ten orphan children to mourn his loss.

Franklin Squire
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
30 Jan 1866

Verne B. Bennett was born in Gratiot County, Mich. March 31, 1880. He was the son of the late Joseph and Alice Bennett. He was a life long resident of the community near Carson City. Mich. Those left to mourn are his wife Laura Bennett – Whitmore, two children, Glenn W. Bennett of El Reno, Oklahoma and Mrs. Elton Willis of Edmore, Mich. also one brother, Glenn D. Bennett of Chicago, Ill., and four grandchildren. He was laid to rest in East Plains Cemetery, Sunday, Sept. 3, 1950.

Lake Union Herald
26 Sep 1950

Bronson, Ernest, was born in Tuscola County, Mich., April 15, 1881, and was laid to rest May 20, 1965, while at the Gratiot Community Hospital in Alma, Mich. He was a believer in the Third Angel’s Message most of his life and was baptized into the church in 1948. Since that time he hos given his full
support to the church and its activities. He leaves to survive him a foster son, Leo Bronson, and four grandchildren. Interment was in the Siple Cemetery near Marlette, Mich. Elder L. H. Cowles officiated at the funeral services.

Lake Union Herald
29 Jun 1965

Ida May Current Bugbee was born at Brant, Saginaw Co., Mich., Mar. 18, 1877 and died at her home in Ithaca, Oct. 16, 1947, aged 70 years at her last birthday. She was the wife of brother Glen Bugbee, who has served as church elder at Ithaca for years.

At a very early age Ida May manifested a religious attitude of mind and heart. At fourteen she requested baptism by immersion, which was administered in mid-winter by cutting an opening in the ice to form an open baptistry for the event.

A few years after her baptism, a skeptically inclined relative said to her: “Ida, you are denying yourself of the worldly pleasures in which the majority of young people take part. What if you should find out at last that there is no such reward as you believe?” Her reply was deliberate and thoughtful and remarkable for her age: “Well, just to know that with God’s help, I have lived in harmony with what I know to be right and true, will be reward enough for me.”

Immediately after their wedding, Oct. 26, 1904, Mr. and Mrs. Bugbee took a trip to their new home in North Dakota. Eight years later they moved to Canada where they were among the pioneer settlers on the plains of southern Alberta, with the nearest railroad eighty miles away. It was during these years in the sparsely settled cattle country that Mr. and Mrs. Bugbee began studying the Bible anew, being encouraged to do so by the book “Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan” which they had purchased from a colporteur, Andrew Roedel, before leaving North Dakota. Mr. Bugbee relates the following experience: After they had both given much prayerful study to the teaching of the Bible on the subject of the Sabbath, he said to his wife: “I feel so much impressed from my study of the Bible, that I have decided that after I get a certain job done which will take a few months, I will then begin the observance of the true Lord’s Day or the Bible Sabbath.”

The character of Mrs. Bugbee was revealed again by her question. “Husband, do you really believe that from Friday at sundown to Saturday sundown is God’s holy Sabbath day?” His reply was that he surely did believe that. Then came her searching question: “Can we afford to dishonor and disobey God
and his holy law for even one day or one week?”

The result was that on their knees in their humble cabin, that very day, they promised the Lord that they would walk in all the light that had come to them and that might come to them in the future from His holy word, remembering the divine assurance: “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and ‘the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7. They did not have the privilege of attending a Seventh-day Adventist church till a few years later when they moved to the state of Washington, where Mr. Bugbee later became the principal of one
of the Adventist academies.

The Bugbee family returned to Michigan in 1919 and have lived in Ithaca since 1938.

Mrs. Bugbee’s faith meant much to her and was reflected in her quiet thoughtfulness of not only her own large family but all with whom she became acquainted. Through the years she counted it a pleasure to befriend those who for any reason had few friends. Because of this a spiritual transformation has taken place in a number of families in the various communities where she lias lived. Four children preceded her in death, including a son who had been in the service of his country during the recent war and who had been a good witness for his Lord during that experience.

Those living to mourn her loss include the husband, a daughter, Iva who is a well known teacher in Gratiot county; three sons; Harrison of Beaverton, Thad of E. Lansing, and Wincett of Chesaning, four sisters and four brothers and many brothers and sisters in church fellowship and friends in many communities.

The funeral service was held in the Ithaca Adventist church on Sabbath, Oct. 18, and a message of real comfort from God’s word was given by the family’s longstanding friend, Elder M. E. Munger. Most appropriate music was supplied by Mrs. Arlo Sias of St. Louis and by Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Butler of Cedar Lake. The obituary and Scripture reading was read and prayer offered by the writer. Among the guests who filled the church to capacity were ministers and
church representatives of different denominations.

On a tombstone in a cemetery in Gratiot County are these words:
“Friends nor physicians could not save
These clear bodies from the grave;
Nor can the grave confine them there
When Christ shall call them to appear.”

E. R. Potter
Lake Union Herald
04 Nov 1947

Burgess, Ada, age 101: born Dec. 18. 1893, in Gratiot County, MI; died April 18, 1995, in Alma, Ml. She was a member of the Ithaca (MI) Church.

Survivors include: a sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted by Pastors Paul Pellandini and Ralph Trecartin, and interment was in Ithaca Cemetery.

The Lake Union Herald
Jul 1995

Burgess, Clarence B., 96, born Jan. 28, 1893, in Gratiot County, Mich., died June 22, 1989, in Ithaca, Mich. He was a member of the Ithaca Church.

He served in various capacities of the church in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois for more than 35 years. Even after official retirement in 1958 he served the Michigan Conference in auditing local church books for six years.

Survivors include his wife, Ada; and a sister, Wilma Cooper.

Services were conducted by Elder Harold Iles, and interment was in Ithaca Cemetery.

The Lake Union Herald
Sep 1989

Howard Oscar Butler was born Jan. 29, 1887 three-miles east of Sumner, Mich. At twenty years of age he married Nettie Mae Bangs. They experienced conversion and hecame members of the Sumner SDA Church. Later Brother Butler became farm manager at Cedar Lake Academy and still later at Adelphian Academy while he was completing the academic course. He served as assistant Dean of Men at Emmanuel Missionary College while completing his college
course. He then accepted a call to be business manager of the Moline, Illinois, Sanitarium. Later he became principal of Fox River Academy in Illinois and then business manager of the Madison, Wisconsin, Sanitarium. In 1928 Mr. and Mrs. Butler returned to Gratiot County. While residing in Ithaca he joined
George Gruesbeck in forming the Farmer’s Gas and Oil Co., later he moved to Cedar Lake where he engaged in the manufacture of health foods.

Since retiring Mr. and Mrs. Butler have lived near Ionia. Michigan. On January 24, 1952 he died of a heart attack.

Elder E. R. Potter officiated at tho funeral.

During the years, Mr. Butler’s one great objective had been to help young people gain a Christian education. His providing a suitable building and other financial aid started the Gratiot County S. D. A. church-supported school at St. Louis. Through the depression he financed the school bus system that brought students to Cedar Lake Academy daily from the surrounding area. Many young people will long remember the assistance Howard O. Butler gave them at a critical time in their experience. Relatives that mourn his passing include his wife, his mother, his aunt. Myrtle Kneer; and many cousins.

E. R. Potter
Lake Union Herald
01 Apr 1952

D. R. Call was born in the State of New York in the year 1830. He began to keep the Sabbath of the Lord in 1868, at thirty-eight years of age, at which time he became a member of the Green Bush church of Seventh-day Adveutists, in Gratiot County, Mich. He afterward moved to Minnesota, and united with the Sibley church in Iowa, where he was licensed to preach. After spending some time in the Sibley church, and in Logan, he removed to Nebraska, and became a member of the Trunk Butte church. At this place his health began to fail, and in 1889 he visited the Hot Springs, near the Black Hills, but failed to receive much benefit from the medicinal waters at that place. He then went to Michigan for his health, and in the spring of 1890 visited the Sanitarium at Battle Creek. He returned to his home in Nebraska in April, and failed rapidly until his death, April 29, 1890. I visited him a few days before his death, and conversed with him a short time about his hope in Christ. He expressed himself as being very hopeful, and seemed to rest in the promises of God of having a part in the first resurrection. He loved the society of his brethren, and rejoiced when the friends of Jesus visited him In his last illness. A funeral sermon was preached by the writer from Eccl. 7:2, and kind friends followed him to the silent city of the dead, where he rests till Jesus comes. His bereaved companion has the prayers and sympathy of many friends.

C. W. Belknap
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
08 Jul 1890

Minnie Elizabeth Rowland was born Apr. 22, 1872 in Gratiot Co.,—died Aug. 15, 1952. At the age of four years, she moved with her parents to Cedar Lake, Mich., where with them she embraced the Seventh-day Adventist faith, remaining faithful until her death. On June 20, 1893, she was united in marriage with Wilfred Chamberlin of Armada, Mich. Two daughters, Mrs. Vera Todd and Mrs. Erma Parcell preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Jack E. Wood of Honolulu, Hawaii; one sister, Mrs. E. R. Lauda of Loveland Colo., eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, three nieces and four nephews.

H. A. Weaver
Lake Union Herald
16 Sep 1952

Coleman, Elnora B, 102, born Jan. 5, 1881, in Gratiot Co., Mich., died Jan. 6, 1983, in Durand, Mich. She was a member of the Owosso, Mich., Church.

Survivors include a son, Stuart; a daughter, Lura Clise; 2 half-sisters, Rowena Kiser and Wilma Cooper; a half-brother, Burrell Burgess; 9 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted by Pastor James Hopkins, and interment was in Ithaca Cemetery, Ithaca, Mich.

Lake Union Herald
10 May 1983

Dewey E. Coffins, born Jan. 21, 1888, in Gratiot County, Mich.; died in Battle Creek, Mich., March 31. 1957. He entered the colporteur work in 1923, and a few months later became assistant publishing secretary of the East Michigan Conference. In 1924 he went to the West Michigan Conference as publishing department secretary, where he served 5 years. He returned to the East Michigan Conference as publishing department secretary in 1929 and was ordained in 1930. In 1931 he was called to the Illinois Conference as publishing department secretary, which position he held one year. He was the publishing secretary in the Central Union the next 4 years, and for the North Pacific Union from 1936 to 1943. He served for a short time in the Canadian Union, returning to the States in 1944 because of poor health. His last charge was as pastor of the Yakima, Wash., church. In 1915 he was married to Mary Brady, who survives. He also leaves a son, a daughter, 2 grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
27 Jun 1957

Mary Nelson Collins, born January 24, 1864. in Arcada Township, Gratiot County, Michigan; died at Yucaipa, California, February 20, 1956. She was baptized at the age of sixteen, and most of her life was spent at Cedar Lake. Michigan. On March 27, 1902, Mary Nelson was united in marriage with Irven M. Collins, who passed away December 28, 1909. Surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs. Nettie Phillips, Miss Jennie Nelson, and Mrs. E. M. Fishell; two nieces and five nephews.

Lake Union Herald
20 Mar 1956

Collins (Brady), Mary M., 94, born Sept. 4, 1895 in Gratiot County, MI, died Nov. 5, 1989, in Battle Creek, MI. She as a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle.

Survivors include a son, Robert A.; a daughter, Ina Mae White; 4 grandshildren; and a great-grandchild.

Services were conducted by Pastor LaRue Cook, and interment was in Luzerne, MI, Cemetery.

The Lake Union Herald
Feb 1990

A good mother in Israel, and a pioneer missionary worker in home and foreign fields, has fallen asleep. Sister Corliss accompanied Elder J. O. Corliss from Mountain View to the Southern California campmeeting, at Glendale, in August. She was taken ill, pneumonia developed, and her death occurred during the meeting.

Julia A. Burgess was born in Wood County, Ohio, July 22, 1843, and died Aug. 16, 1912, at the age of 69 years and 24 days. When twelve years of age, she removed with her parents to Gratiot County, Michigan. At the age of fourteen she began teaching public school, and taught for ten years. Under the teachings of Elders R. J. Lawrence and I. D. Van Horn, she gladly accepted the third angel’s message at the age of twenty-one. In 1868 she was married to J. O. Corliss, since which time she has given her life to the work in which her husband was engaged. She accompanied him in all his travels, going abroad in mission work three different times, twice to Australia, once to England.

Five children were born to the union, the three eldest being laid away in the various fields where Brother and Sister Corliss were laboring. The surviving children are Dr. Burr Corliss, of California, and Sister Lulu V. Gregory, of Tennessee.

Sister Corliss was ever a patient, burden bearing woman, always ready to contribute means and render personal help in every case of need coming to her notice. In a few weeks more she would have lived with her husband forty-four years, a blessed union of perfect harmony. When taken with her last illness, she expressed the confidence that she should not survive it, and therefore sent messages to all her nearby friends to be prepared to meet her. She leaves behind a memory of sweet savor, an influence that will continue to the end.

A memorial service was held at the campmeeting, at the sunset hour following the Sabbath, August 17. Elders J. N. Loughborough, G. A. Irwin, E. W. Farnsworth, and E. E. Andross, and the writer spoke, and the Lord gave Elder Corliss special strength to bear his testimony of tribute also to the godly life and companionship in service that had been to him an inspiration and a tower of strength for nearly half a century. The funeral service was held at Mountain View, August 19, many citizens, aside from our own people, attending. Elder A. O. Tait and the writer officiated; and clinging to the sure promise, we laid away one of the Lord’s own children in the ” blessed hope ” of the resurrection.

W. A. Spicer
Taken from the Advent Review & Sabbath Herald, Sept 19, 1912

Died, in Fulton, Gratiot Co., Mich,, Dec. 29, 1872, Adalaide Daniels, aged twenty seven years, six months, and six days. She leaves a husband, two children, and a large circle of friends, to mourn their loss. The deceased embraced present truth about eight years ago. She has lived a consistent Christian, and we hope she sleeps in Jesus. Words of comfort were spoken by Bro. F. Squires.

H. W. Musser
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
18 Feb 1873

George W. Deeds, was born in Leaville Township, Oceana County, Mich., Jan 12, 1908 and died Oct. 5, 1952 at his home in Ithaca. After spending most of his childhood on a farm near Big Rapids, he moved with his parents to Nashville in 1919. On April 1, 1932 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. King.
They lived in Nashville until 1945 when they moved to Ithaca. During his recent illness, he gave his heart to the Lord and went to sleep with a hope in the first resurrection. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Evelyn Mae, his father, one sister, three brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.

Grover C. Winslow
Lake Union Herald
21 Oct 1952

Died of acute hemorrhage of the stomach and intestines, near Ithaca, Gratiot Co., Mich., Nov. 27, 1885, Sr. Hattie Depeel, in the twenty-fourth year of her age. The circumstances attending her death were very sad. For about a year she had been impaired inhealth, though of late there had been no apparent change for the worse. The evening before her death she retired usually well, but was found by her mother in the morning in a dying condition, expiring soon after. Sr. D. embraced the truth last spring under the labors of Bro. I. H. Evans and the writer. From the first she had a deep love for the truth ; and an anxious desire to have her life correspond with tho life of tbe Master, characterized all her actions. She tried to communicate to others tbe truth that had so gladdened her own heart; and though no immediate fruit was seen, we trust she has sown for the reaping by and by. In her death the community lost a worthy and respected citizen, and the church an esteemed member. In the absence of any S.D.A. minister, the Methodist clergyman addressed a sympathic congregation from Ps. 16:11, after which she was laid to rest until the LIfegiver shall wake the sleeping saints.

S. M. Butler
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
05 Jan 1886

Ida Permelia Nichols was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, January 26, 1866 and departed this life July 13, 1933, having reached the age of sixty-seven years,
five months and seventeen days.

She united in marriage with Merritt N. Dickinson September 18, 1882 at Saint Louis, Michigan. In her early life she united with the Seventh-day Adventist church and remained a constant and devoted Christian, always willing to help share the burdens of others.

In 1899 she, with her husband, joined a company enroute to Jerusalem Palestine, for a two years study of the Scriptures. When they returned they moved to Payne County, Oklahoma, to the place they homesteaded near Alva. In 1919 they sold their place and moved to Major County near Longdale, Oklahoma, where she resided at the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, two brothers, several nephews and nieces besides a host of
friends and relatives.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer in the Nazarene church near Longdale.

Bernard Voth
Southwest Union Record 02 Aug 1933

Died near Estella, Gratiot Co., Mich., my dear sister Lillie Ann, wife of 0. Dickinson, aged 18 years and 5 months. About four yeara ago, she was baptized, and united with the S. D. A. church in Estella. She was greatly loved, and an affectionate husband and a large circle of friends mourn their loss; but they mourn not as those who have no hope. Comforting words were spoken by Eld. Sigourney, U. B. minister, from Isa. 30:18.

Mrs. T. C. Alvard
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
16 Dec 1880

Emery C. Dobson was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, Jan. 31, 1856; and died at his home at North Shade, Jan. 19, 1926. Brother Dobson united with the Seventh-day Adventist church about twenty years ago. He remained faithful to the end. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer.

B. Frederick Williams
Lake Union Herald
10 Feb 1926

Ellsworth, Guy A., 85, born March 8, 1903, in Gratiot County, Mich., died May 8, 1988, in Alma, Mich. He was a member of the Twin Cities Church in Alma.

Survivors include his wife, Irma L.; a son, Keith; 2 daughters, Doris Collins and Ruth Easlick; 3 brothers, Frank, Stanley and Robert; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild

Services were conducted by Pastor Robert C. Quillin, and interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis, Mich.

The Lake Union Herald
Aug 1988

Amy Rogers Evans, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Rogers was born in Gratiot County, Mich., June 2, 1873 and quietly passed away at the home of her son Albert, in Cedar Lake, July 14, 1948. Her early childhood was spent at Halfmoon Lake where her father operated a sawmill. Later they moved, to Kansas and returned to Michigan in 1889. Sister Evans accepted the Message at the age of 20 and became a member of the Fairgrove church. A few years later she entered the Bible Work in Grand Rapids, Mich., rendering invaluable service. On February 6, 1900 she was united in marriage to Jay J. Evans and they left immediately by request of the Mission Board for Kingston, Jamaica. Here, for a number of years she successfully carried the responsibility of Sabbath School Secretary for the entire island.

After returning to the States they carried on active mission work in Alabama. In 1910 they moved to a small farm just south of the Cedar Lake Academy to be near one of our schools. One daughter, Vivian Wilson, of Fenwick, and three sons, Albert, of Cedar Lake, Roger, of La Sierra, California and Clyde were born to this happy family. The father was laid to rest in 1938 and the youngest son, Clyde, was reported missing in action in World War II in 1941. Other relatives who mourn her loss are her three brothers and three sisters, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the Academy Chapel on Sunday afternoon July 18 and she was laid to rest by the side of her husband in the cemetery at Vestaburg, awaiting the call of the Lifegiver. Leading an exemplary, consecrated life caused her to be highly respected by those who knew her.

H. A. Weaver
Lake Union Herald
03 Aug 1948

EVEY — Lunettie D. Anderson was born in North Shade Township, Gratiot Co., Mich., Sept. 5, 1858. She was a daughter of Cladney B. and Sarah A. Anderson. She was united in marriage to Amos W. Evey in 1873, and died at her home in Carson City, Mich., Oct. 23, 1914, after an illness of nine days. Her
husband and one son are left to mourn. Sister Evey was a member of the Carson City church for many years, and died with a bright hope of a part in the first resurrection. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer from Matt. 19:8.

J. M. Hoyt
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
17 Dec 1914

Ervin Elberton Forquer was born in Isabella County, Mich., March 9, 1872, and died in Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, April 2, 1952. He spent his boyhood days in Gratiot County. He was married to Anna L. Harvey in Saginaw in 1908 and she preceded him in death by sixteen years. Two children, Irene Claflin of Lansing, Mich., and Hugh Forquer of the Review and Herald in Washington, D. C., survive. He was laid to rest in the beautiful county cemetery near Sumner, Mich.

G. E. Hutches
Lake Union Herald
03 Jun 1952

Died, in Alma, Gratiot Co., Mich., June 4, 1870, of bronchial consumption, Arthur, infant son of Lyndon A. and Helen W. George, aged 1 year, 1 month and 16 days. He was always a very feeble child, yet the most of the time was very cheerful and happy. We know if faithful we shall meet him again in the morning of the resurrection. Remarks at his funeral by Bro. Chase.

Libbie Blackwood
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
28 Jun 1870

GIBBS — Sarah Dove was born in Petham, England, March 26, 1826, and died Feb. 26, 1911, aged eighty-four years and eleven months. She was married to Knowler Gibbs, Dec. 1, 1846, and to this union eight children were born. They came to America in 1850, first settling in Sandusky, Ohio, and later removing to Ingham County, Michigan, and from there to Gratiot County, in 1857, settling on the farm where she resided at the time of her death. Sister Gibbs was a Chrittian woman, and was loved by all who knew her. We believe she will come forth from the tomb at the resurrection of the just.

C. L. White
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
30 March 1911

Gillson, Clellia C., born Dec. 8, 1874, in Gratiot County, Mich., died March 15, 1974, in Ovid, Mich. She was a member of the St. Johns, Mich., church.

Surviving are a daughter, Blanche Miller; and a half-brother, Elbert Harter of Beloit, Wis.

Services were conducted by Elder E. F. Herzel.

Lake Union Herald
04 Jun 1974

Gillson, Mrs. Lillie, 87, was born in Gratiot County, Mich., on Jan. 18, 1879, and passed away on Sept. 16, 1966.

She was a faithful member of the Owosso church for many years.

Surviving is one son, Howard Coss, of Chesoning.

Burial was in the North Star Cemetery, following services in the Jennings-Lyons Funeral Home in Owosso.

B. K. Mills
Lake Union Herald
01 Nov 1966

Died of la grippe, April 23, 1891, in Arcada, Gratiot Co., Mich., John Glover, in his seventieth year. Bro. Glover embraced the Sabbath under the labors of Elder Joseph Bates, nearly forty years ago. He had resided on the same farm for thirty-six years. He was very much respected by his neighbors. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his loss. In taking leave of his family, he said it would be but a short time until Jesus would come, and that his last hours were the happiest of his life. Remarks by the writer.

A. O. Burrill
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
19 May 1891

Died, of rheumatism of the heart, April 28, 1870, near Ithaca, Gratiot Co., Mich., Sarah, wife of Wesley Greenlee, aged 68 years. Sister Greenlee has been a member of the Ithaca church ever since its organization, some eleven years or more ago. She was found in the line of duty, whenever possible, always doing cheerfully whatever was required of her. We miss her in the church;
her family miss her loving care; but if overcomers, we expect to meet her at the resurrection of the just. Funeral discourse by Bro. Squire from Job 4:14 : “If a man die shall he live again!”

The Lord, descending from on high.
The archangel’s trump will sound,
And all the faithful dead arise,
From out the opening ground.

R. F. Phippeny
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
18 May 1876

Luella Eckert was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, May 18, 1871. She was married to Homer C. Griffin Dec. 23, 1891. He died June 8, 1928, and she died Nov. 23, 1928. Interment took place at the Elm Hall cemetery where she rests at the side of her husband there to await the call of the Life-giver. She is survived by her son, five sisters, and two brothers.

H. P. Waldo
Lake Union Herald
02 Jan 1929

Mrs. Margaret L. Gruesbeck, wife of George Gruesbeck of Ithaca, Mich., was returning with her husband from Florida and spending a few days in Tennessee,
when without a warning, a heart attack caused her sudden death, April 9, 1948. Her home has been in Gratiot Co.; Mich., since her birth in 1880. She joined with her husband in becoming a member of the Ithaca Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1903 and she has remained a devoted and loyal supporter of the home and foreign missionary program of the church. The funeral service was held April 13, in the Adventist church in Ithaca, with a capacity attendance including the basement. The close relatives include the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Dr.) Gibson of Chester, Penn. and one son, Harmon, of Ithaca.

E. R. Potter
Lake Union Herald
11 May 1948

Nehemiah Hainer, eldest son of Peter and Mary Anne Hainer, was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, Jan. 7, 1856. With his parents, he came to Michigan at the age of about one year.

On July 14, 1878 he was married to Alice Squire of North Star, Gratiot County. In December of 1879 they moved to the farm he has since occupied carving his home out of the virgin forest. Two daughters and one son were born to this union, Maud, Eunice and George. A nephew, Ivan Hainer also found a home with them from infancy. Mrs. Hainer passed away Sep. 30, 1935 after a lingering illness.

The past few years, the son and wife have been living with him and working the farm. He has rounded out a full life of work on the farm even doing active work up until he was confined to his bed. After a two weeks’ illness, he passed away at his home, Sept. 20, 1946.

W. H. Holden
Lake Union Herald
15 Oct 1946

Mrs. Adelaide L. Hall, aged a little more than 82 years had lived most of her life in Gratiot County and had been a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church over sixty years. The writer was called to conduct the funeral service on June 7, assisted by the church elder, Glenn Bugbee. Sister Hall was a sister of our church clerk of Ithaca, Mrs, Bertha Day.

We “sorrow not as others which have no hope,” for “blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.”

“He sees their footsteps falter,
When their hearts grow weak and faint;
He marks when their strength is failing,
And listens to each complaint.
He bids them rest as for a season,
For the pathway has grown too steep;
And folded in fair green pastures,
He giveth His loved one sleep.”

E. R. Potter
Lake Union Herald
19 Aug 1947

Died near Ithaca, Gratiot Co., Mich., Elizabeth Hall, aged 61 years and 6 months. Sister Hall embraced present truth about thirteen years ago, and has been an earnest and devoted advocate of the truth she professed to believe. She leaves a husband and five children; but they have the consolation of knowing that she sleeps in Jesus. Yes, she sleeps only for a little time, to awake in the likeness of Christ, crowned with immortal life, safe in the kingdom of God. Funeral discourse by Eld. Lower (Methodist), from 1 Thess. 4:14.

R. F. Phippeny
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
13 Dec 1877

Died at his home in Seville, Gratiot Co., Mich., Jan. 1, 1894, of typhoid pneumonia, David Hamp, aged 74 years, 11 months, and 22 days. Brother Hamp gave his heart to the Saviour when quite young, and joined the United Brethren Church. Some five years ago, he accepted present truth through the labors of Elder I. H. Evans. He held fast this faith until his death. Remarks by the writer, from Heb, 9:27, 28.

T. Z. Andrews
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
06 Feb 1894

Hamp, William Floyd, born May 28, 1884, in Gratiot County. Mich., died Jan. 18, 1975, in Battle Creek, Mich., where he had made his home for 50 years.

Survivors include 5 daughters, Kittie Blowers of Battle Creek, Mildred Minear of Battle Creek, Ruth Cough of Fremont, Calif., Evelyn Ruttenbur of Lake Placid, Fla., and Maxine Lovejoy of Lansing, Mich.: 3 sons, Milton and Howard of Battle Creek, Myron of Holton, Mich., and Eugene of Oshkosh, Wis.; 2 sisters. Lulu Gillet of Loma Linda, Calif., and Mabel Keusch of Lansing, Mich.; 2 grandchildren, and 15 great-grand-children.

Services were held at Farley Funeral Home in Battle Creek, and interment was at the Newton Cemetery in Newton Township with Elder James Hayward officiating.

Lake Union Herald
29 Apr 1975

Cordelia Hankey (nee Stevenson) was born in Washington Twp., Gratiot Co., Mich,, July 15, 1879, and passed to her rest Sept. 23, 1951 at her home in Eureka, Mich. In 1907 she was married to Edward Hankey. Sister Hankey had been an Adventist for many years and was a member of the St. Johns
Church. Funeral services conducted by the writer, assisted by Elder Lawrence Kagels, were held in the U. B. Church of Eureka. She is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren, five sisters, five brothers, and other relatives.

S. W. Hyde
Lake Union Herald
04 Dec 1951

Emily Read, daughter of Sarah Carpenter and Joshua Read, was born in New York State, Jan. 6, 1838, and died April 17, 1917, aged 79 years, 3 months, and 11 days. She was united in marriage to the late Jerome L. Harmon in 1853 and to this union were born three children. Sister Harmon gave her heart to God at a very early age, uniting with the M. E. Church at Batavia, N. Y., and was an earnest consistent Christian. She accepted the truth under the labors of Elder E. B. Lane, in meerings held at Potterville, Michigan, during the winter of 1872. She with her husband moved to Gratiot County, October, 1878, and became members of the Ithaca Church. The Christian principle that actuated the lives of both Brother and Sister Harmon will long be remembered hy those left to mourn their loss. She is survived by a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted in the Ithaca church by the writer.

A. J. Clark
Lake Union Herald
18 Jul 1917

Hendrick, Florence J., 85, was born March 8, 1884, and died Aug. 23, 1969, at Gratiot Community Hospital at Alma, Mich.

She was married to Orson J. Hendrick on June 22, 1930, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Mrs. Hendrick was a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, having been baptized in 1950. She was a member of the Twin Cities church.

Survivors are her husband Orson; a son, Elton Shaw of Saginaw; a daughter, Mrs. Oscar Bray of Jackson; a step-daughter, Mrs. Luther Lane of New Port Richey, Fla.; 4 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Lake Union Herald
02 Dec 1969

Died Aug. 15, 1887, at St. Louis, Mich., after a long and painful illness, the result of an injury sustained a number of years ago, Bro Cornelius Holiday, in the 65th year of his age. Bro. Holiday embraced the doctrines of present truth over thirty-five years ago, under the labor of Eld. Frisbie, after which he removed to Gratiot county, then an almost unbroken wilderness, his family being the only Sabbath-keepers in that county for a number of years. He seemed fnlly aware of the fact that his pilgrimage was nearing its close, and often expressed himself as reconciled to die, believing that all would be well. The soon coming of the Saviour to raise immortality to the sleeping saints—the Christian’s hope—was an anchor to his soul both sure and steadfast. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn, but not as those without hope.

Titus Z. Andrews
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
30 Aug 1887

HOWES.— Ida Estella Harmon was born in Genesee County, New York, Dec. 14, 1854, and died at her home in North Star Township, Gratiot Co., Mich., March 15, 1911. At the age of fifteen she, with her parents, moved to Battle Creek, Mich., and a little later to Potterville, Mich. Through a series of meetings held at that place by Elder E. B. Lane in 1872, the third angel’s message was brought to her home, where it was gladly accepted by the family. Sister Howes was a faithful child of God, and dearly loved by all who knew her. On Dec. 27, 1881, she was married to Harold D. Cooper, of Jackson County, Michigan. To this union one child was born. In 1885 she was left a widow, and in 1889 she was married to Francis H. Howes. Sister Howes is survived by her husband, her aged
parents, one brother, one sister, and one daughter. Many friends and loved ones mourn her death. Interment took place in the Ithaca cemetery.

E. K. Slade
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
13 Apr 1911

Died, in Ithaca, Gratiot, Co., Mich., May 20, 1868, our much-esteemed and beloved Sr. Finette Jeffrey, in the 54th year of her age. She embraced the present truth in 1864, when the tent was in this place, and since that time has lived a consistent Christian life, ever willing to bear her testimony, and to contribute to the necessities of the cause. We, as a church, deeply feel her loss, yet we sorrow not even as others which have no hope; for we believe she sleeps in Jesus, and will come forth at his appearing. Remarks were made by the writer, to an attentive congregation, from James iv, 8, being a text of her choice.

S. E. Sutherland
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
09 Jun 1868

Fannie J. Jenner was born Jan. 24, 1866, in Newark Township, Gratiot County, Mich., to Knowler and Sarah Gibbs. She died Jan. 16, 1948, at the home of her adopted son, Alden Eggleston, in Charlotte, Mich. Funeral services were held both at Charlotte and at Ithaca, Mich. Interment took place at the Ithaca cemetery. Sister Jenner was a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, being a member of the Charlotte church at the time of her death. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. C. B. Burgess, of Brookfield, 111., the adopted son, and ten nieces and nephews.

A. A. Douglas
Lake Union Herald
24 Feb 1948

Died, of consumption, at Pine River, Gratiot Co., Mich., Jan. 21, 1876; Matilda S., wife of Amos Johnson, in the 47th year of her age. She lived an irreproachable Christian life from early youth. About twenty years ago she joined the Methodists. It has been our privilege to enjoy the benefit of her cheering testimonies during the last sixteen years; first, with the Methodists, but more especially with Seventh-day Adventists since the organization of the Alma church nearly eleven years ago. She died in full faith of the third angel’s message, rejoicing in the evidence of Christ’s soon coming. She was much cheered by a visit from brethren Canright and Fisher about four weeks previous to her death, who prayed with her and ministered words of comfort. She was made glad to see her companion and most of her children commence to sertre the Lord, some for the first time and others by overcoming hindrances. Her death was triumphant, and though her family and the church feel their loss, they have the blessed assurance that she sleeps in Jesus, and will have a part in the first ressurection.

F. Nelson
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
10 Feb 1876

Kelley, Rilda, was born June 24, 1892, and passed to her rest Oct. 26, 1962, at the age of 70. A resident of Flint, Mich., for the past 40 years and a faithful member of the church here, she will be missed by many.

The funeral service was conducted by Eld. R. J. Kachenmeister at the Reigle Funeral Home in Flint.

Surviving are her husband, William; four sisters: Miss Bessie Shaffer, Mrs. Brant Prosser, and Mrs. Gerald McGill, all of Southfield, Mich.; and Mrs. Lydia Collins of Flint; several nieces and nephews; along with other friends and relatives.

Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Gratiot County, Mich., where Sister Kelley awaits the call of the Life-giver.

Lake Union Herald
11 Dec 1962

Kiser, Flora, 99, born June 5, 1887, in Gratiot County, Mich., died Jan. 26, 1987, in Alma, Mich. She was a member of the Ithaca, Mich., Church.

Survivors include a son, Francis; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren: and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted by Pastor J. D. Westfall, and interment was in Bailey Cemetery Arcada Township, Mich

KISER, Rowena, 74, born Jan. 5, 1910, in Gratiot County, Mich., died May 4, 1984, in Alma, Mich. She was a member of the Ithaca Church.

Survivors include her husband, Francis; 2 sons, Larry and Bill; 4 daughters, Kay Wold, Judy Walker, Linda Johnson, and Annette Rayburn; a sister, Wilma Cooper; a brother, C. B. Burgess; 11 grandchildren, and a grandchild.

Services were conducted by Pastor J. D. Westfall, and interment was in Ithaca Cemetery, Ithaca. Mich.

Lake Union Herald
05 Jun 1984

Mrs. Ambra Whitmore Kowalski was born Mar. 13, 1902 in Gratiot County Mich.; and fell asleep Apr. 24, 1942. At the age of thirteen she, with her parents,
accepted the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist faith and for years had been a faithful member of the Carson City church. Her illness which was of many months duration, was borne with great patience. Besides her aged parents, she leaves her husband and one daughter, Eva Ann, and her double cousins, and many other relatives and friends.

Hugh Williams
Lake Union Herald
23 Jun 1942

Died of heart disease, near Estella, Gratiot Co., Mich., Nov. 1, 1879, Sister Mary Ann, wife of Bro. John Langdon, in the sixty-ninth year of her age. Sister Langdon was for many years a devoted follower of her Lord. Four years ago she, with others, embraced the third angel’s message, and she has given evidence of the genuineness of her faith by a life of prayer and devotion. May her many prayers for her unconverted children be held in remembrance before God. A large circle of friends are left to mourn, yet not without hope. Of her we can say that she is “asleep in Jesus.” Discourse by the writer, from Rev. 21:4, to a large and sympathizing audience.

L. A. Kellogg
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
11 Dec 1879

Lapaugh, Solomon. S., born June 17, 1893, in Gratiot County, Mich., died Aug 11, 1981, in Alma Mich. He was a member of the Ithaca, Mich., Church.

Surviving is a son, Elwin of Alma.

Services were conducted by Pastor J. D. Westfall, and interment was in Pritchard Cemetery, Elwell, Mich.

Lake Union Herald
15 Sep 1981

Sunday noon, Aug. 8, 1948, Elder Leonard W. Light passed from this life to await the call of Jesus. Born January 21, 1891 at Southampton, England, he joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church at that place at the age of 17. Two years later he attended LaCombe Academy in Alberta, Canada. Later he attended Hutchinson Theological Seminary at Hutchinson, Minn., receiving his B. A. in 1923. He entered the North Wisconsin Conference as Educational Sabbath
School, and Missionary Volunteer Secretary immediately upon graduation, serving until called to the North Michigan Conference as Educational secretary in 1926. When he arrived at the North Michigan Conference camp meeting he found that they had voted to merge with West Michigan, and he was asked to take up pastoral work. From that time until he withdrew from the active ministry in April of 1947, Elder Light held the pastorate of many Seventh-day Adventist churches in Michigan. As a district pastor he lived in Cadillac, Alpena, Onaway, Port Huron, and Ferndale. On November 10, 1926, he and Florence Harris were married in Gratiot County, Mich. In 1930 he was ordained to the gospel ministry by Elder A. G. Daniels, at the camp meeting at Hastings, Mich. At the time of his retirement he was the worker longest in the continuous service of the Michigan Conference.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Florence of Ferndale, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Audrea Rabidue of Port Huron, Mich.; a sister, Miss Violet Light of Southampton, England; a brother, Ernest, of British Columbia, Canada; and a brother, Sidney, of Southampton, England; as well as a host of friends and those for whom he has ministered throughout Michigan. Words of comfort were spoken by Elder E. R. Potter at the services in the Ferndale church and at the graveside. Elders T. S. Hill and the writer assisted. Interment was at the North Star Cemetery, Gratiot Co., Mich.

Clark Smith
Lake Union Herald
28 Sep 1948

MeClellan, Mrs. Irene A., was born Feb. 5, 1909, and died Dec. 23, 1967, at the Gratiot County Hospital, Alma, Mich. She had been in poor health for over two years.

Mrs. McClellan was the daughter of Margaret and John Erickson. She married Clarence McClellan of Chicago and in 1947 they moved to St. Louis, Mich., where they have lived ever since that time. She was a faithful member of the Twin Cities church. She was a faithful Welfare worker when strength would
permit.

Surviving are her husband Clarence; a sister and a brother, both af Iron River, Mich.

Services were held Tuesday, December 26, ct the Carter Funeral Home in St. Louis with Elder Robert Wiese officiating, and also at the Fell Chapel in Iron River, Elder Pomeray officiating. Burial was at the Bates cemetery in Iron County.

Lake Union Herald
06 Feb 1968

McClellan, M. Ruth (Rendel), age 83: born May 26, 1914, in Gratiot County. Mich.; died Apr. 24, 1998, in St Louis, Mich. She was a member of the Twin Cities Church, Alma, Mich.

Survivors include her son, Donald Roose; daughter, Beverly K. Hall; brother, Paul Rendel; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder James Micheff Sr., and interment was in the Ithaca (Mich.) Cemetery.

The Lake Union Herald
Aug 1998

Died, Feb. 9, 1876, near Ithaca, Gratiot Co., Mich., my beloved mother, Mary Mellinger, in the sixty-second year of her age. She leaves a companion and seven children, besides a large circle of friends, to mourn their loss. She has been a consistent member of the S. D. A. church of Ithaca, Mich., for eleven years. Her life has been one of self-denial. She has always sought the good of others, and by her meek and quiet spirit gained the love and esteem of all who knew her. She endured much pain, and the last few weeks of her life were marked with intense suffering. We mourn, but not as those who have no hope. She gave good evidence of her acceptance with God, and we expect, when the last trump shall sound, that she will be clothed with immortality. Funeral discourse by Eld. Van Auken (Methodist). Text: “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” Ps. 17:15.

R. F. Phippeny
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
24 Feb 1876

Miss Minnie Mellinger was born seventy-six years and ten days before she was taken by death Sept. 24, 1948. She had lived in Gratiot Co., Michigan, all her life, the most of the time in or near Ithaca. The last six years she has lived in the home and under the nursing care of Mrs. Harvey Wood of St. Louis. Miss Mellinger had been a devoted Seventh-day Adventist since her early youth and died in the “Blessed Hope” and certainty of an eternal reward after the sleep
of death.

E. R. Potter

MESERAULL Carrie A.—b. Dec. 2. 1888. Gratiot County, Mich.; d. May 3, 1968, Flushing, Mich. Survivors are two children, Reo, and Leota Clark.

Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
04 Jul 1968

Meseraull, Carrie A. Kindell, born Dec. 2, 1888, in Gratiot County, Mich., died May 3, 1968, at Fostian Court Nursing Home, Flushing, Mich.

She married Justice Meseraull on July 12, 1906. He died in 1947. They united with the Judville church in 1907 and were faithful to that church until the time of their death. She was the church clerk at the time of her death.

Surviving are 2 children, Reo Meseraull, Lennon, and Leota Clark, Flint; a sister; 3 grand-children; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted at the Rossel Funeral Home in Flushing, May 6, 1968, by Elder D. H. Miller of Lansing and Pastor Henry Kenaston of Flint.

Lake Union Herald
02 Jul 1968

Georgiana Kosette (Peet) Miller, of Ithaca, was born November 20, 1905 in Pompeii, Michigan, to Anna Louise Kileen and James Oliver Peet. She married Lynn Thomas georgiana peet millerMiller on June 18, 1952 in Angola, Indiana. He predeceased her October 5, 1958.

Her early years were spent in Gratiot County. When the family moved to Detriot, Georgiana organized the first girls’ baseball team in the history of old Detroit Central High School. She graduated from Traverse City High School, attended Eastern University, Ypsilanti, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1926 with a BA degree in Education. She belonged to Sigma Kappa Sorority. She moved with her family to Muskegon and worked in her father’s automobile dealership, but returned to Gratiot County in 1930, where she as lived ever since.

She was a Rural Letter Carrier for 33 1/2 years for the Ithaca Post Office. The first female carrier in Gratiot, she retired in May 1970.

During WWII, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943. She chose to serve overseas, becoming a sergeant rather than waiting for assignment to Officers’ Candidate School. She was assigned to Headquarters Supply in Africa, Italy, and France. At that time she organized and directed a WAC choir, which was asked to perform for the Pope in Rome. She was a life-time member of the VFW Post #7805 and American Legion Post #256.

Member of longest standing, Georgiana joined the First Presbyterian Church in Ithaca, Michigan, in May 1916. She served as Chairman of the Guild, organized a youth choir and directed the senior choir.

A Democrat, always interested in politics, she was the first young Democratic State Central Committee Woman from the old 8th District.

First woman elected to the State Board of the Rural Letter Carriers Association, she was elected Secretary in 1946, and helped organize the ladies into a national organization. She served as a delegate to their conventions, attending 58 National Conventions; was named Michigan’s Outstanding Rural Carrier; organized the first National Lady Carriers’ Club, which now as a Georgiana Peet Miller Scholarship, in her honor. She belonged to National Armed Forces Veteran’s Club; established the first MRLCA Museum; received many awards from national and state associations for her 63 years of dedication and outstanding service.

Georgiana and her husband, Lynn, sponsored three young people to settle in the U.S. during the Communist conflict in Hungary. She made it possible for three students of Niger Republic to further their education in Michigan and continued to give them moral and financial support through the years. She was Chairman of the local Hospitality Council, allowing foreign students of M.S.U. and U. of M. to visit Gratiot families. She was Coordinator for Experiment in International LIving, placing foreign students in host families and sending local youth abroad.

An active genealogist and charter member of the Gratiot County Historical Society, she stared the Genealogical Group for the society, establishing a library for them in her home. She was President of the Michigan Genealogy Society, Chairman of Genealogical Committee, Michigan Council and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Sesquicentennial Committee of the Michigan Genealogical Council.

Survivors are a nephew, Charles Peet of New York City; a niece, Margo (John) Anderson of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey; two grandnieces and three grandnephews; and cousins.

Died at St. Louis, Gratiot Co., Mich., early on the morning of Dec. 19, 1889, sister E. A. Nelson, wife of Francis Nelson, aged 66 years, 8 months, and 6 days. Exe Ann Brooke was born in Hughesville, Lycoming Co., Penn., April 13, 1823. At Fremont, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1842, she was united in marriage to Russell Burgess, with whom she lived twenty-four years, when he was removed by death, Feb. 1, 1866. She remained a widow nearly eleven years, when, on Oct. 26, 1876, she was married to Francis Nelson, who is now left, with her six children, to mourn her loss. For fifteen months she has been an extreme yet patient sufferer, but she peacefully and quietly fell asleep in Jesus to await the morning of the resurrection. Her Christian experience has been mostly with the S. D. Adventist people, having embraced their views of the second advent of Christ, and the Sabbath of the Lord, under the labors of Eld. E. J. Lawrence and the writer, in the summer of 1864, when the tent meeting was held at Ithaca, Mich. For twenty-five years she has stood flrm in the truth, an example of true devotion to the cause she so dearly loved. In the last year of her life she found great comfort in the subject of faith, and obtained a precious experience by trusting fully in Jesus. The funeral was attended by a large audience of sympathizing friends and neighbors. The hymns and text used on the occasion were of her own selection. The services were held in the S. D. A. meeting-house in Ithaca, on Sabbath, Dec. 21, 1889, at 10:30 A.M. Sermon by the writer, from Rev. 14:13.

I. D. Van Horn
Taken from the Advent Review & Sabbath Herald, Feb 04, 1890

At Cedar Lake, Mich., Francis Nelson, aged nearly eighty-nine years. He was born in Otsego County, N. T , July 15, 1808. He came to Michigan with his family in 1835, and in 1854 settled in the township of Arcada, Gratiot Co. He was truly a pioneer, having to cut the road for several miles through a dense forest to reach his new home. About 1863 he embraced the views of Seventh-day Adventists, and later identified himself fully with the truth. The funeral services were held in the Adventist church at Alma, Sabbath, March 13.

S. M. Butler
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald, Apr. 20, 1897

Fell asleep, Sept. 5, 1878, in Estella, Gratiot county, Mich., our dear sister, Mary Ann, wife of Bro. James L. Nichols, aged 54 years and 11 months. Her disease was spinal complaint, terminating in paralysis. She suffered much. Sr. Nichols embraced the faith of S. D. Adventists under the labors of Eld. M. K. Cornell, in Locke, about twenty-five years ago. She loved to talk of the truths we hold so dear, and truly seemed to cherish a deep love for the return of the Master. She was a faithful wife and mother, and as her lonely husband finds the main cord severed that bound him to earth, may God grant him the sweet consolations of the gospel hope; and let him and the bereaved children rejoice, as the words of inspiration give the sweet assurance, ” Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth”. Funeral discourse by Eld. Hurt, U. B., from Job 14:13.

“Death, thou mayest sever nature’s tenderest ties,
And to the tomb consign thy shining spoil ;
That form shall rise which now in darkness lies,
To bloom upon a more congenial soil.”

Mrs. M. S. Avery
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
31 Oct 1878

Noble, Edith Katie, born July 20, 1889, in Gratiot County, Mich.; died Jan. 17, 1972, in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was a member of the Battle Creek Tabernacle in
Michigan.

She is survived by her husband Lloyd E.; 4 children, Kenneth of Muskegon, Mich.; Naomi Boothby of Berrien Springs, Mich.; Bernice Schultz of Greenville, Mich.; and Helen Mathwig of South Dakota; 2 brothers, Floyd and Howard Hamp of Battle Creek; 2 sisters, Mable Keusch of Lapsing, Mich., and Lulu Glllett of Loma Linda, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Lake Union Herald
21 Nov 1972

NOODEL, Ruth M, Bailey—b. Aug. 18, 1899, Gratiot County, Mich.; d. June 22, 1971, Pontiac, Mich. Survivors include her husband, Howard; three sons, Paul E., Adin C., and Earl P.; and one brother, Ward M. Bailey.

Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
14 Oct 1971

Noodel, Ruth M. Bailey, born in Gratiot County, Mich., Aug. 18, 1899, died June 22, 1971, in Pontiac, Mich. On Dec. 24, 192O, she was married to Howard A.
Noodel. Two daughters preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband Howard; 3 sons, Paul E. of Auburn, Wash., Adin C. of Flint, Mich., and Earl P. of Berrien Springs, Mich.; a brother. Ward M. Bailey of Orchard Lake, Mich.; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Richardson Cemetery with Elder E. Robert Priebe officiating.

Lake Union Herald
07 Sep 1971

Died, Sept. 18, 1868, in the county of Gratiot, Mich., in the 83d year of her age, our beloved aunt, Sophia Palmer. Her last sickness was dropsy, by which she suffered much, since April last. She made profession of religion at the age of 18, and united with the Congregational church with whom she walked till she came to this State in 1834. Since then she has not had the opportunity of meeting with the people of her first choice. She was never married, but was ever doing good among her friends, scattering blessings upon all in her reach. She came to live with us last February, since which she embraced the Sabbath. She died in the blessed hope of eternal life. Funeral discourse by Eld. Lawrence from the comforting words of St. Paul in 1 Thess. iv, 13-18.

Francis & Deborah Nelson

Died at Bay City, Mich., March 20, 1908, of heart-disease, after an illness of only about ten days, Mrs. Fannie Nelson Pearce. The interment took place on Wednesday, April 1, 1908 at Elmlawn Cemetery, Elders A. R. Sandborn and J. G. Lamson officiating. Fannie Nelson was born near Alma, Gratiot Co., Mich., Oct. 19, 1868. When nine years of age, she moved with her parents to Cedar Lake, where the father had large lumber interests. She married Mr. A. E. Pearce Jan. 20, 1891, and a short time later the young people moved to Bay City, which has since been their home. To this union were born four children, who with
the father are now bereaved. Very early in life, trained by God-fearing parents, Sister Fannie found her Saviour, and joined the Adventist church at Cedar Lake, later joining the church at West Bay City. The quiet excellence of her daily life leaves an example well worthy of imitation. She was faithful to the last.

J. G. Lamson
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
18 Jun 1908

Mrs. Elenna L. Davidson-Peters, 74, was born March 15, 1869, in Gratiot County; and died at her home near Bancroft, Sabbath morning, Nov. 6. She had resided in the vicinity of Owosso most all her life and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church there. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, one step-daughter, a sister, four grandchildren and four great-grand-children. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer.

T. G. Bunch
Lake Union Herald
30 Nov 1943

Mrs. Ellena L. Davidson-Peters was born March 15, 1869, in Gratiot County, Michigan; and passed away at the age of seventy-four years at her home near
Owosso, Mich., Sabbath morning, Nov. 6, 1943. She lived in the vicinity of Owosso most all her life and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church there.

Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
30 Dec 1943

Lewis S. Pierce, aged 73, passed away Aug. 16. 1959, at his home after a number of months of suffering.

Mr. Pierce was born April 2, 1886, in Gratiot County and spent the last 12 years of his life in Big Creek Township. He worked as janitor of the Mio High School for 11 years and was well thought of as a citizen in the community. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church of Mio.

He was laid to rest in the Sherman Mesick Cemetery.

Stuart Snyder
Lake Union Herald
24 Nov 1959

Died of dropsy in Springbrook, Gratiot Co., Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1864, sister Sally Pratt aged 67 years. Sister Pratt had been a member of the M. E. Church for 53 years, when she embraced present truth about 4 years since. She earnestly desired to tarry till her Lord came; but it pleased him to lay her away through the time of trouble. She was sick some 20 years, but bore it with, patience. She leaves many friends to mourn her death; but they are confident that she sleeps in Jesus. Discourse by the writer from 1 Thess. iv, 18.

D. M. Canright
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
13 Sep 1864

Willis Reynolds was born Feb. 7, 1834, in Schenango County, New York. When about twenty-two years of age he moved to the State of Michigan, and settled at St. Johns, Clinton County. Later he moved to North Star, Gratiot Co., Mich., where he resided until the time of his death. In 1856 he was united in marriage with Lydia J. Neal, and four children were born to them, all of whom are living. Early in life he was converted to Christianity, and in later years
he heard and embraced the special truths for the last days and united with the Seventh-day Adventist church of Ithaca, of which he remained a faithful member until his death.

He is survived by his loving companion and four children. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer, to an interested audience at the Cemetery church, North Star.

E. K. Slade
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
24 Mar 1910

Mrs. Myron Robinson was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, Feb. 8, 1872; and died at her home in Lansing, Mich., Aug. 2, 1930. She was married to Wm. J. Reynolds. One daughter was born to them. Dec. 22, 1908, she was married to Myron Robinson. Mrs. Robinson was a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist church. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, two sisters, and a brother.

Frederick Griggs
Lake Union Herald
10 Sep 1930

Miss Nettie Ruppert was born on September 19, 1881, in Gratiot County, Michigan, and passed away on August 3, 1950. She had been a resident of Aberdeen, South Dakota, for more than 40 years. At the time of her death she had no living relatives but leaves to mourn many true friends. She was a loyal member of the Seventh-day Adventist church which she faithfully attended. She patiently bore her cross of suffering. Sister Ruppert was laid to rest in the Riverside cemetery at Aberdeen. Words of comfort were spoken by the local pastor.

R. E. Eckerman.
Northern Union Outlook
10 Oct 1950

Salter, Lydia A., 90, born June 28, 1899, in Gratiot, MI, died Feb. 15, 1990 in St. Louis. She was a member of the St. Johns, MI, Church.

Survivors include 2 sons. Rolla and Roy; a daughter, Reva Vestal; a sister, Amelia Butcher; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted by Pastor Franklin Home, and interment was in Union Home Cemetery, St. Johns.

The Lake Union Herald
May 1990

Just eight months after her husband was taken from her by death, following a car accident, Mrs. Dora Ellen Sanford quietly passed away on Oct. 18, 1948, at the same home in North Shade Twp., Gratiot Co., Mich., where she was born Apr. 21, 1871. Sister Sanford was the daughter of George and Lydia Proctor, and was married to Charles Sanford on May 25, 1898, having accepted the truth just prior to her marriage. She was a faithful member of the Carson City Church until death. Brother and Sister Sanford brought up as their own three children: her cousin, Mary Van Alstyne and Edmund Van Alstyne, her son; also Mrs. Edna Cranson. These three, with her brother, Bert Proctor, and many friends remain to cherish her memory. The service was conducted by Elders E. R. Potter and S. W. Hyde.

Lake Union Herald
15 Feb 1949

Sawvel, Milo Clinton, born May 2, 1892, in Gratiot County, Mich., died Feb. 24, 1977, in Sarasota, Fla. He was a member of the Morrice, Mich., Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lena; 2 sons, Mllo Clinton of Beltsville, Md., and A. Ralph of Dayton, Ohio; 2 daughters, Patricia J. Rosen and Jessie Winters, both of Perry, Mich.; 4 sisters; 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted by Elders Gordon E. Stecher and Milo Sawvel Jr., and interment was in the Rose Lawn Cemetery, Perry.

Lake Union Herald
10 May 1977

Mrs. Sadie Shaull was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, Sept. 27, 1874; and died Jan. 25, 1933. She was married on July 3, 1894, to David Shaull who now survives her. She was a strong believer in the Seventh-day Adventist faith, though not a member of that church.

H. K. Halladay
Lake Union Herald
02 May 1933

Sheline, Victor Huey, 71, a gentle man who loved the Lord, was born June 28, 1895, at Dowagiac, Mich., and passed away April 4, 1967, in Gratiot County Community Hospital, Alma, Mich.

He is survived by his wife Inez, a son Dr. V. Lowell Sheline, and 4 grandchildren, all residing at Ithaca, Mich.

Funeral services were conducted by Robert Wiese at Dewey Beebe Funeral Home, Ithaca, Mich., and at the Berrien Springs Church. Interment was at Ruggles Cemetery, Baroda, Mich.

Lake Union Herald
25 Jul 1967

Loren L. Shelley was born in Gratiot County, Mich., April 20, 1877. When he was four years of age his mother died, and the family moved to Cedar Lake.
Returning to his boyhood home, at the age of twenty-two he was married to Lettie Tryon. To this union four children were born, two of whom are living. The last fourteen years of his life were spent at Cedar Lake. He leaves a wife and two children, Elmer L. and Harry B., one brother in Honolulu, with other relatives and a host of friends. About two years ago he accepted the third angel’s message and joined the Seventh-day Adventist church, of which he remained a faithful member. He died with a bright hope of the resurrection, May 28, 1917. Words of comfort were spoken by the pastor of the Congregational church at
Edmore, Mich.

R. U. Garrett
Lake Union Herald
01 Aug 1917

Siefka, Albert R., 74, born June 17, 1904, in Gratiot County, Mich., died June 6, 1979. He was a member of the Twin Cities Church in Alma, Mich.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; a daughter, Carolyn Coston of Alma; 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Services were conducted by Elder James Micheff, and interment was in the Emerson Cemetery, Gratiot County.

Lake Union Herald
03 Jul 1979

Died, Feb. 6, 1881, in the town of North Star Gratiot Co., Mich., our father, Aaron Squire, in the 87th year of his age. He was born in Connecticut, Sept. 19, 1794. Soon after the death of his father, Dr. Squire, and at the early age of sixteen, he came to Portage Co., Ohio. A year or two afterward, he served as a volunteer in the war of 1812. In April 1819, he married Miss Elizabeth Pritchard, and settled in Bainbridge, Geauga Co., Ohio. Here he learned to love the Saviour, and with his companion united with the Disciple Church. Till the time of his death, he maintained a consistent Christian character, and was respected and loved wherever he was known. In 1865, he moved with his family to Summerfield, Monroe Co., Mich., where he proved himself a worthy citizen, and won the esteem of all. Six years ago he came to live with his son Franklin, and since that time has observed the Sabbath, although he never united with our people. In attendance at his funeral were his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and a large circle of friends, who sincerely mourn his loss. Eld. A. 0. Burrill spoke words of comfort from Matt. 5:5, in which he brought to view the glorious inheritance which awaits the people of God. May we not hope that our father will have part in that inheritance, and that we shall meet him again in the earth made new ?

Again our Father’s spoken,
Again a cloud is cast,
Another link is broken
Between us and the past.
Thus are the landmarks falling
Around us here below;
Thus is our Father calling,
” Children, prepare to go.”

J. S. & C. A. Preston
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
15 Mar 1881

Died, at her residence, near Ithaca, Mich., our much esteemed sister, Eliza Ann Squire, April 25. 1867, in the 33rd year of her age, after a sickness of four hours. She leaves an affectionate husband, and six children, one an infant, to mourn her loss. Sister Squire embraced the present truth under the preaching of Brrn. Van Horn and Lawrence, when the tent was at Ithaca, nearly three years ago. She has ever been willing to bear her testimony in its favor. We believe she died in full hope of a part in the first resurrection.

S. E. Sutherland
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
07 May 1867

Franklin Squire was born Feb. 15, 1827, and spent his early life on his father’s farm in Ohio. When twenty-four years of age, he moved to Michigan, and Feb. 23, 1851, was united in marriage with Eliza Ann Herrington. The family lived for some time in Lenawee County, Michigan, but later settled in Gratiot County. Mrs. Squire died in 1867, leaving six children. Mr. Squire was married to Susan Conkin in the fall of the same year, and to them one daughter was born. His second wife dying in 1869, the following year he was united in marriage with Cordelia Tripp. One daughter was born to this union. In the spring of 1902 the family moved to Bloomer township, Montcalm County, where the husband and father died Aug. 30, 1912.

Our brother was a firm believer in present truth, being an earnest and active Christian, ever ready to help the cause he loved. For many years he was elder of the Ithaca (Mich.) Seventh-day Adventist Church, and for fourteen years was a director of the Michigan Conference. He is survived by his wife, six children, twenty grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.

The funeral services were conducted by the writer.

J. M. Hoyt
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
10 Oct 1912

Stevenson, Alberta Belle, 85, was born Dec. 18, 1881 in Gratiot, County, Mich., and passed to her rest Dec. 22, 1966. She was a member of the Ola Church which she served faithfully until her death. Surviving are two daughters: Maxine Mosher of St. Johns; and Muriel Pusey of Muskegan.

The funeral service wos conducted at Ola, the little white church by the side of the road, and she was placed to rest in the North Star Cemetery, in Gratiot County.

Merlin E. Foil
Lake Union Herald
07 Feb 1967

David Stevenson was born in Scotland, Jan. 8, 1842; and died in Gratiot County, Michigan, Oct. 16, 1930. He was united in marriage to Miss Lelia Hersey, of Dryden, Michigan, July 4, 1869. He is survived by his wife and thirteen children.

Lake Union Herald
29 Oct 1930

Stevenson, Gaylord F., age 85; born Dec. 16, 1914, in Ashley, Mich.; died Aug. 7, 2000, in St. Johns, Mich. He was a member of the St. Johns Church.

Survivors include his wife, Edith (Birman); son, Gaylord; daughter, Norrna Jean Kilpatrick; brother, Cecil; sister, Lucille Johnson; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Olan Thomas and Lee Whitman, and interment was in Collier Cemetery, Gratiot County, Mich.

The Lake Union Herald
Dec 2000

Stevenson, Harold E., 86, born March 12, 1904, in Gratiot County, MI, died Dec. 25, 1990, in McBride, MI. He was a member of the Conference Church.

Survivors include 3 sons, Lawrence, Floyd and Gary; and 4 daughters, Virginia Schoeder, Hazel Stephan, Judy Myers, and Evelyn.

Services were conducted by Pastor J. D. Westfall, and interment was in Collier Cemetery, Pompeii, MI.

The Lake Union Herald
Apr 1991

Died March 4, 1887, near Lincoln, Lincoln Co., Kan., of measles and inflammation of the lungs, our dear son, Charles L. Stratton, aged 13 years, 11 months, and 6 days. Just three weeks before his death we moved from Sumner, Gratiot Co., Mich., where he was a member of the Sabbath-school. He was very patient during his sickness, and just before he died he said all was well; and we feel perfectly assured that he will rise again in the first resurrection, when , the Life-giver shall come to make up his jewels. Words of comfort were spoken by Eld. Ward, of Lincoln, Kan.

William & Mary Stratton
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
03 May 1887

Mary Irene, daughter of Giles and Sarah Lovewell McKeon was born August 14, 1867 in Brant, Saginaw Co., Mich. and died April 21, 1951, at Alma, Mich. At sixteen she was left an orphan, and made her home with an aunt and uncle in Gratiot Co. On March 12, 1890 she was united in marriage to John T.
Sutton, who preceded her in death twenty-two years ago. For a number of years she taught in the rural school of Gratiot County. As a young woman, Sr. Sutton united with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and remained faithful to the end. She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Kerby and Mrs. Sarah Rendel, three grandchildren, and one sister.

Stanley W. Hyde.
Lake Union Herald
19 Jun 1951

Mrs. Mary A. Sweet was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, January, 1867; and died August 24, 1927, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Three daughters and two
sons mourn their loss.

G. L. West
Taken from the Columbia Union Visitor

Mrs. Elthia Thompson, born April 9, 1880, in Montcalm county, was married to George Thompson in 1899 and lived 42 years on a farm in Gratiot County. Following the death of her husband she moved to Boyne City to live with her brother, Nate Myers. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boyne City.

Surviving are her son, James O. Thompson, three brothers, Nate Myers, D. Whitehead, and Howard Myers.

Funeral services were conducted in the Stackus funeral home in Boyne City by Elder B. J. Furst, December 21, 1956.

R. E. Lemon
Lake Union Herald
05 Feb 1957

Nancy Whitoomb died of consumption in Bethany, Gratiot Co., Mich., March 19, 1880, aged 30 years. She embraced the third angel’s message two years ago last September, by reading, and till her death was a faithful Christian. Her last words were, “Meet me in the first resurrection.” A husband and one child are left to mourn. Funeral discourse by the writer; text, 2 Kings 4:26.

J. M. Nichols
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
15 Apr 1880

Laura Woodman White was born Mar. 13, 1875 near Ashley, Mich., being the eldest of four children born to James and Alice Woodman. She died Jan. 7, 1948 at her home in Ithaca, Mich. On Jan. 8, 1896 she was united in marriage to David Earl White. Their married life has been spent almost entirely in Gratiot County, most of it in or near Ithaca. The home was blessed with six children and in addition to their own children they have because of the death of their mothers taken care of two grandchildren as their very own. Every one that has known Mrs. White has proclaimed her to be a wonderful mother who attracted the affection of all children and young people who had the privilege of knowing her. Under the ministerial labors of Elder C. N. Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. White experienced conversion and received baptism uniting with the Ithaca Seventh-day Advcntist church. Left to mourn are the husband, a brother Ira Woodman, (a Seventh-day Adventist minister of California); two daughters, Mrs. Theta Perry of Lansing, and Mrs. Alice McDonald of Caro, Mich.; two sons, Bernard and
Burt of Ithaca; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, several cousins and other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral service was held January 10, 1948, the writer officiating. A special delivery letter from Mrs. White’s brother in California says: “Just received the sad news of my sister’s passing. I
wish I might be there but that is impossible. She was the eldest of the children and I am the youngest. She was a wonderful sister to me in my younger days: more wonderful than I can tell. She was almost more of a mother than a sister in my early boyhood days. There never was a better woman.”

Ps. 48:14, “This God is our God; he will be our guide even unto death.”

E. R. Potter
Lake Union Herald
20 Jan 1948

Mrs. Fred White, nee Krisher, was born in Gratiot county, Mich. Nov. 19, 1869 and passed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Holliday, Ionia, Mich., Feb. 17, 1949. She was affiliated with the Adventist church of Belding for more than forty years. Even though she could not attend church in her latter year because of ill health, she remained faithful to her beliefs and continued an earnest faith in the promises of God.

E. E. Burkett
Lake Union Herald
17 May 1949

Elizabeth Whitmore Wildman was born at North Star, Gratiot Co., Mich., Mar. 2, 1870. Her parents, Daniel C. and Ann Whitmore were pioneer settlers in that section of Michigan. On Dec. 8, 1902 she was united in marriage with John H. Wildman of Carson City, Mich., who passed to his rest Oct. 28, 1941. Surviving are two sons, Durward, Sr., of Battle Creek, Mich. and Virgil of Los Angeles, California. A foster daughter, Mrs. Richard Valean lives in Lansing. After leaving the farm in March of this year, Mrs. Wildman went to the home of her son in Battle Creek where she passed away very suddenly after a heart attack early on the morning of July 4, 1946.

In 1915 Mrs. Wildman with her family accepted the teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist church and became a charter member of a new church organized at Middleton, Mich. However, for more than twenty-five years she attended the Adventist church in Carson City, Mich. She was loved and respected by all in the congregation for her faithful Christian ministry. A loving mother has gone to her rest beside her companion until the trumpet sounds and Christ comes to gather His own. Interment was in the Carson City Cemetery.

E. L. Pingenot
Lake Union Herald
06 Aug 1946

Died in Fulton, Gratiot Co., Mich., Sept. 7, 1889, of old age and dropsy, Murrillous Wolf, aged eighty-one years. She was born in Sciota County, Ohio. Sister W. embraced the Adventist faith in 1858. She leaves ten children. Services by Eld. E. J. Lawrence and the writer.

A. O. Burrill
Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
17 Sep 1889

Harvey J. Wood was born in Newark Township, Gratiot County, Mich., on Sept. 24, 1676, and passed away in St. Louis. Mich., on Oct. 31, 1958, at the age of 82.

He has been a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist church for the past 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jessie Wood; a daughter. Mrs. Altheda Hayden of Midland. Mich.; three brothers, Fred Wood of Alma, Ira Wood of Ithaca, and Nore Wool of Lansing; a sister, Mrs. Augusta Peabody of Fenwick; and a host of friends.

Paul E. Penno
Lake Union Herald
02 Dec 1958

Merritt J. Woodward, a Civil War veteran, a pioneer in this part of the state, and one of the oldest residents of Gratiot County, was born in Allegan County Nov. 5, 1846; and died at the home of a son at Elwell, June 25, 1928. He was a firm believer in the third angel’s message.

H. P. Waldo
Lake Union Herald
18 Jul 1928

Worthington, William Franklin, born Jan. 23, 1896, in Gratiot County, Mich., died Oct. 30, 1979, in Frankfort, Mich. He was a member of the Frankfort Church.

Surviving are 2 sons, Donald of Frankfort, and Howard of Lansing, Mich.; a brother, Fred of Owosso, Mich.; a sister, Pauline Cater of Alma, Mich.; 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Services were held in Lansing by Elder Arthur Covell, and interment was in Deepdale Cemetery, Lansing.

Lake Union Herald
18 Dec 1979

WRIGHT, Vina Maude Sexton—b. May 28, 1884, North Star, Gratiot County, Mich.; d. Feb. 24, 1972. Survivors include two sons, Clifford and Harold; and a brother, Albert Sexton.

The Advent Review & Sabbath Herald
04 May 1972

Wright, Vina Maude Sexton, was born May 28, 1884, In North Star, Gratiot County, Mich., and died Feb. 24, 1972. She was the oldest of 5 children in the home of Myron Sexton.

She was baptized at the age of 17 and was employed at the Sanitarium Health Foods where she met and married Fredrlck A. Wright at the age of 22. Elder Wright passed away at the Hinsdale Sanitarium May 4, 1939. She is survived by a brother, Albert Sexton; 2 sons, Clifford, Peoria, III.; Harold, Houghton Lake, Mich.; 6 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Interment was at Olio Cemetery, Eureka, Ill.

Lake Union Herald
02 May 1972