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 Miss Maria Currie, 78 , Former St. Clair Resident, Died Suddenly in Big Rapids Hospital Saturday.

Word reached St. Clair friends of Miss Maria Currie's sudden death at Big Rapids Hospital last Saturday. She was a daughter of Malcolm Currie and was born near St. Clair, November 28, 1851. 

A week ago Sunday, her sister Mrs. Margaret C. Kelly died suddenly in Detroit. 

Miss Currie was badly burned about the arm and side when her clothing ignited while she was lighting an oil stove. While attending physisians did not consider the burns dangerous, the shock and that of the sudden death of her sister was more than she could stand at her advanced age of 78 years. 

Miss Currie had often visited her sister, the late Mrs. Margaret Kelly, who spent most of her live in St. Clair; also her brother, the late John Currie at Marysville. Another brother, Andrew Currie was a prominent druggest in St. Clair for over a quater of a century. Other surviving relatives are two nephews, John Currie of Port Huron, son of the late John Currie, and Sayre Currie of Los Angeles, Cal., son of the late Andrew Currie; also one niece, Mrs. Fred McCartney of Marysville and one cousin at Big Rapids. Miss Currie is the last of her parents family.

Miss Currie had taught in the Big Rapids schools and those of Mecosta and Newago counties for a half century and retired a few years ago on a retired teachers' pension and had since made Big Rapids her home. 

She started her teaching career in the old Fort Gratiot school when that site was cut of from Port Huron by a thick woods. 

Funeral services were held in Saint Andrews' Episcopal church at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Burial at Big Rapids. 

Relatives from here who attended the funeral were John A. Currie, Marysville, and Mrs. Jenny McCartney and family of St. Clair.

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