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Obituary for Emma Mae/May Thomas Roeder
5 February, 1870 - 14 March, 1935
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Saturday, 16 March, 1935
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Former Resident
       Of Wilder Dies

   WILDER (Special) - Word has been received by friends that Mrs. May Roeder, who was a resident of Wilder for a number of years, had passed away on Thursday, March 14, in Los Angeles, following a long illness.
   The body will arrive here on Sunday accompanied by a neice, Mrs. E. C. Bledsoe.
   The funeral will be in charge of the members of the Eastern Star and will be held in the local M. E. church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial will be in the Wilder cemetery beside her husband, the late Theodore Roeder.

Also this article from The Caldwell News-Tribune
dated Wednesday March 20, 1935

Roeder Funeral
 Held Wednesday
  At Wilder Church

   WILDER (Special) - Many friends attended the funeral services for Mrs. May Roeder which were held on Monday afternoon in the Wilder M. E. church in charge of Beulah chapter, O. E. S. of Wilder.  The pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Chubb, preached the sermon. 
   A quartet composed of Mesdames J. A. Graves, D. G. Twitchell, John Batt and R. S. Brown, Jr., sang and the pall bearers were C. A. McPherson, W. C. Miller, Laris Aarland, Lloyd Trunnell, D. H. Law and L. L. Hurst.  Burial was in the Wilder cemetery.
   Emma May Thomas was born on February 5, 1870, in McDonough county, Illinois, and while yet in infancy moved with her family to Nebraska, where she remained through her girlhook.  In October 1896, she was married to Theodore Roeder in Longmont, Colo.
   In 1911 Mr. and Mrs. Roeder came to Idaho and established a general merchandise business in Parma, continuing in this until 1921 when they came to Wilder where they opened the Wilder Variety store and continued in this business until Mr. Roeder's death in January, 1933.
   Due to failing health Mr. Roeder sold her business the following year and after spending threemonths in Caldwell left in September ofr Inglewood, Calif., to be with relatives.  After months of intense suffering she passed away on March 14, at the home of her niece, Mr. E. C. Bledsoe.
   Surviving are two step-children in Colorado, a sister, Mrs. C. M. Seals and her niece, Mrs. Bledsoe of Inglewood;  her two brothers, John Thomas of Stratton, Nebraska and Henry Thomas of Los Angeles and a newphew, Ernest Crockett of Hollywood.

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