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Died--at her residence, near Westfield, Sept. 10, 1884, of general debility resulting from old age, Mrs. Mary Ann Ritchie, aged 85 years, 1 month and 27 days.

The deceased was born in Putnam Co. N. Y., in 1799. She came west in 1854 with her husband, the Rev. Thomas Ritchie, and located in Fayette Co., Iowa. In 1855 Mr. Ritchie died, leaving her and only son Ed. T., the remaining child of a family of six--four boys and two girls--the other children having died in infancy. The departed has been a resident of Ogle Co. since 1860. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Gibson. The remains were followed to Byron Cemetery by a large number of neighbors and friends.

Byron Express, Sept. 19, 1884, p. 1

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