Smyrna, Nov. 21 --- Elizabeth R Brown born in Mexico, NY, Dec. 13, 1845 and married on Oct. 11, 1864 to Dr. Thurston G. Packer has belonged to Smyrna for nearly forty years, since coming here in 1881. She always was at the service of the Doctor's patients, the efficient doctor's wife, who could help him or in an emergency take his place.
Many times in the past month has Smyrna, in common with the world been called to mourn some one hardly to be spared, but never more sincerely by so many people, as when on Saturday, Nov. 15 we heard that Mrs. Packer had suddenly gone on to the country "that has no pain."
She had been sick for four weeks, of angina pectoris, but the day before her death had been so much better that the end was in a measure unexpected.
She leaves four children all of whom have been with her during her illness and who spared nothing to make her comfortable and happy. She is survived by Dr. Flavius Packer of New York, Mrs. W A L Thomas of Beacon, NY, Jesse H Packer of Berwick, PA and Goodwin Packer of this place, four grandchildren, Winifred, Gwendolyn and Trevor Thomas and Harold Packer and one sister, Miss Sarah Brown of this place.
She was a consistent faithful member of the Congregational church belonging to its two ladies' organizations, The Ladies' Foreign Missionary Society and the ladies Mission Circle. Always ready to respond when work, money or supplies were needed and always full of cheerful encouragement, she will be geatly missed.
In her early days she was an ardent worked for the Civil War soldiers, and could remember much of the relief work of those days. In our world war, she has been just as active a worker in the Red Cross and as enthusiastic over all its efforts as tho young again.
She was also a member of the Capt. John Harris Chapter of the DAR in Norwich.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, November 18, from her home, the officiating clergymen being Rev. Fanny Hancock and Rev George Lusty. Burial took place in Sherburne West Hill cemetery.
She was laid in masses of flowers for that last service the tribute of family and friends who are wondering what home in Smyrna will now keep her open door to all sorrows and troubles as well as joy and pleasures.
Who will welcome us all with the generous hospitality which she dispensed so freely; who will come to us in sickness and death and fill her place or who can enjoy as she did the fun and pleasures of the younger friends whom she drew around her by her love for them. Altho nearly 74 years of age, no once could call her old, for her spirit was youthfulness itself.
The sympathy of all goes out to her bereft children, and we feel that their loss is also ours for we mourn for a friend, neighbor and counselor. We shall miss her home, open to everyone her ready sympathy and her cheerful face and voice, more than any words can express.
The following poem read at the funeral service expresses in part what Smyrna feels:
Where the mountains slope to the westward, And their purple chalices hold The new made wine of the sunset, Crimson and amber and gold.
In this one wide opened doorway With the elm boughs overhead, The house all garnished behind her And the plentiful table spread.
She has stood to welcome our coming, Watching our upward climb In the sweet June weather that brought us, Oh, many and many a time.
Again is her doorway opened, And the house is garnished and sweet, But she silently waits for our coming And we enter with silent feet.
A little within she is waiting, Not where she has met us before, For over the pleasant threshold She has only to pass once more.
The smile on her face is quiet, And a lily is on her breast. Her hands are folded together, And the word on her lips is "rest".
And yet is looks like a welcome For her work is compassed and done, All things are seemly and ready, And her summer is just begun.
And somewhere yet in the hill tops Of the country that has no pain, She will watch in her beautiful doorway To bid us welcome again.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1918, at South Hamilton, occurred the death of Dora Stearns Parker, aged 46 years. She was the youngest of a family of eleven children of Harris and Diana Stearns of Georgetown, Madison county, where she lived and grew to womanhood. On Dec. 28, 1892, she became the wife of William Parker and to them were born four children, Clarence, now with the colors, Harris of Georgetown Station; Tacie, who died at the age of two and a half years; and Raymond, who has always been with his mother. She also leaves to mourn her loss four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Osborn of Cazenovia, Mrs. Polly Mack of Mezzeppy, Minn., Mrs. Lottie Fuller and Mrs. Emma Bamford of Earlville, with many other relatives and a host of friends.
Several years ago she accepted Christ and was baptized. The remains were taken to Otselic on Friday where the funeral was held and burial made in Maple Grove cemetery beside her daughter.
Dr. Archibald T Perkins of South Otselic, aged 53 years, died very suddenly at his home in that village on Tuesday. Dr. Perkins had not complained of not feeling well until one day prior to the fatal attack. Apoplexy is given as the cause of death.
Dr. Perkins, a native of South Otselic, had practiced medicine there for the past quarter of a century, and many hearts will be saddened by the news of his untimely demise. He was a man of broad charitable inclinations and went on his works of mercy into the homes of rich and poor alike. He was beloved by scores of loyal friends, whose sympathy will be extended to the breaved family.
He is survived by his widow, one son, Guy, of South Otselic, his aged parents, Mr and Mrs C G Perkins, who made their home at the doctor's residence in South Otselic, and one brother, J Floyd Perkins, of North Pitcher.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 o'clock on Friday afternoon, Rev. Paul Swarthout of the Baptist church officiating. Burial will be made in South Otselic. (In pencil on obit - 1920.)
Otselic, Jan. 22 --- The community was shocked Wednesday to learn of the death of Private Millard Perry of Camp Holabird, MD, having passed away at Fort McHenry hospital Tuesday, Jan. 7th at 12 midnight. He underwent an operation for appendicitis from which he did not rally. Previous to this he was just recovering from an operation for an abscess in his head back of the left ear, which had to be drilled through the bone to relieve the cause. The parents received word Tuesday of his serious illness and his mother, Mrs. Hattie Perry and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Palmer were on their way to Maryland to visit him when word came that he was gone. They were notified at Scranton and returned home. The remains arrived here Friday accompanied by a soldier escort.
Millard was 25 years old October 6th. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Perry, his brother Duane, having died 12 years ago. A brother, Private Harold Perry who had just been moved from Spartanburg, SC, to Camp Dix, was not permitted to come home. Millard had a jovial disposition and made many friends and much sympathy is extended to his parents and brother in their bereavement. The funeral was held Monday, Jan. 13 at one p.m. at the church, Rev. Gibbons of South Otselic officiating, assisted by Rev. J L Gregory. Mr. and Mrs. F A Loomis sang two selections. The casket was draped with the American flag and strewn with carnations from his many friends. The bearers were soldier boys. Ward Evans of Georgetown, Gerald Beckwith of South Otselic, Clayton Brown of Norwich, Waldo Volmer of Smyrna. Friends from out of town who attended were Mrs. Addie Williamson and Mrs. Louise Mudford of Syracuse, Dewitt Perry and son Donald, Herbert Perry and Mrs. Arthur Perry of Erieville, Mrs. Ed Clark and Isaac Case of Cuyler, Mrs. B F Craw of DeRuyter; Edwin Wells of Lincklaen; Mr. and Mrs. Stokes Shepardson, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lane of Smyrna.
Mrs. Katherine Pfeiffer, aged 87 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred L Stebbins, near this village, on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 25, 1921. For many years the deceased resided in the village of Lebanon, but for the past three years she had made her home with her daughter. She had been confined to her bed about ten days. Mrs. Pfeiffer was born in Germany, but came to this country when she was 13 years of age. Of a family of six children, all have passed away except Mrs. Stebbins. A grandson, George W Spicer, whose mother died when he was but one year old, was brought up by his grandmother. Earl Spicer and Harold Stebbins, also grandsons, and a nephew, Edward Link, of Sherburne, survive. Private funeral services on Friday at 1:30. Burial will be made at Lebanon.
Mrs. Carrie L Phillips died at the home of her son, Eugene, Friday morning, January 14, at about 5 o'clock. She had been a great sufferer for about four months. The deceased was born in the town of Otselic March 24, 1837, where she has spent most of her life. She was the daughter of a family of six children of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Wolcott. She was united in marriage to Welcome Phillips, Jan. 28, 1862. To them were born two sons, Jay W of Norwich and Eugene N of this place. She had been a member of the F W B church of Otselic Center since girlhood. Her husband died July 8, 1894, and she has made her home with her son, Eugene ever since. Those left to mourn her loss are her sons, Jay W and wife, Eugene and wife, and six grandchildren, besides other relatives. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the house at one o'clock, conducted by the Rev. Swarthout, Undertaker Woodley having charge of the funeral. She was laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery by the side of her husband. - year 1921 in pencil on obit
The funeral of Mrs Rose Preston, who passed away on Tuesday morning, was held from her late home in this village on Friday afternoon and interment made in the east village cemetery beside her husband.
Georgetown, Nov. 8 --- Harvey E Priest, a respected resident of Georgetown, died suddenly on Sunday evening. He appeared in his usual health during the day and enjoyed a visit with his friends, after which, as was his custom, he went to milk his cows in the outskirts of the village.
He had one cow in the barn and apparently was taken seriously ill, and perhaps had started for the house, as he was found near the bridge. As he did not appear at the usual time his wife became anxious and a search was made. But as darkness had fallen his body which was near the roadway, was passed two or three times before discovery.
His death has cast a gloom of sadness over the community as he had been a resident of the town his whole life, except for two years which was spent in Hamilton.
The deceased was born Sept. 6, 1852, the third child of Hanibal and Lucy Priest, and is the last of five children and their parents to depart from this life. He was married on March 10, 1872, to Mary E Stanton, who was a daughter of Albert and Susan Stanton, and who died Nov. 3, 1884. To them two children were born, Lillian E, wife of Floyd Currier, of Hamilton and Earl S Priest, who died Jan. 4, 1908.
In the year 1876, with his first wife, he united with the Methodist church and was a faithful member.
On Sept. 15, 1891, he married Alice Gustin, daughter of Hiram and Marcia Gustin of Lebanon, NY. Two more sons were born, Ivan, who died Feb. 11, 1919, and Elwin, who resides with his parents. Besides his wife, daughter and son there are five grandchildren and one great-grandson to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. Shoemaker, pastor of the Methodist church, on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Burial was made in the old cemetery by the church.
(In pencil on obit the year - 1920)
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