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Obituary of Bernice Bixby Wicks

Dies in Sanatarium at Schenectady
January 1927

     The hearts of many Schoharie county friends were saddened by the news of the death of Mrs. Bernice Wicks at the Glenridge Sanatarium, Schenectady, after hovering for a week on the border of another world the hilvery cord was loosened and the life returned to Him who gave it.
     Of late years her health has been far from strong and for the past year it was known by friends that there was lingering, in her system a malady that gave reason for alarm and about four months ago she consented to enter the Glenridge Sanatarium, Little by little her strength weakened but her good cheer never lessened and her courage never railed. For months she has been planning and looking forward to the joyous Christmas season regarding the gifts she was expecting to give and to receive, and also to the coming springtime when she was planning to leave the Sanatarium and locate on a small place outside the city to fully regain her health. The past weeks have been marked with intense suffering but she has borne it all so patiently. The best of medical skill and nursing were employed but she continued to fail, the end coming Thursday evening at nine o'clock.
     Mrs. Wicks was born in the town of Middleburgh, 30 years ago, the only child of Charles and Libbie Borst Bixby, for a time she attended the district school where she was loved by her schoolmates, especially the smaller ones as she was always ministering to their small wants and needs. Later she attended Middleburgh High School.
     About ten years ago she was united in marriage to Burton G. Wicks. They resided on her father's farm until after his death and later moved to Schoharie. As a girl she was a regular attendant of the M. E. church and she united with the Reformed church at Schoharie. She has been an interested church worker while health permitted and was a lover of music.
     About three years ago they moved to Schenectady.
     She was a good neighbor, ever ready to lend a helping hand. She was devoted to her home and loved ones and spared no efforts in providing for their happiness and enjoyment.
     She is survived by her husband and eight year old daughter, Katherine and her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. William West of Cobleskill.
     Funeral services were held at the Community Church, Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Schoharie, Rev. Mae Connell officiating.
     The white casket was covered with beautiful flowers, and cousins acted as bearers. Interment in Lutheran Cemetery at Schoharie. The following poem, "Crossing the Bar" by Tennyson was one of her favorites and seems to express the sentiments of the deceased.
     Sunset and evening star,
     And one clear call for me!
     And may there be no moaning of the bar,
     When I put out to sea.
     Twilight and evening bell,
     And after that the dark!
     And may there be no sadness of farewell
     When I embark.
     For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
     The flood may bear me far,
     I hope to see my Pilot face to face
     When I have crossed the bar.


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