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Mrs. Elizabeth Blackstock
After a long illness, Mrs. Elizabeth Blackstock passed peacefully away at the home of her niece, Mrs. Josephine Irvine, in Markdale on Thursday, June 7th. The deceased lady would have been 73 years old on July 3rd of this year. Mrs. Blackstock was born in Vaughan Twp., County of York, and when 6 months old came with her parents, Mr., and Mrs., Joseph Wright, to Artemesia, and settled on the farm now occupied by Mr. W. J. McFadden in Orange Valley, and Mrs. Hollingshead, who died here in December, 1926, was an elder sister. In 1871 Mr. and Mrs., Edward Blackstock were married and took up their residence in Singhampton, where Mr. Blackstock owned and conducted the Exchange Hotel. On the death of her husband some thirty years ago Mrs. Blackstock moved to Toronto and stayed there until she made her home with her sister and niece Mrs. Josephine Irvine. About 6 years ago the deceased lady was seized with a stroke and was obliged to keep her bed during the whole of her long sickness. A singularly loveable disposition won her many friends and her patience during a long illness was an inspiration to all who were privileged to know her. There were three children who died some years ago.
   The funeral service was conducted on Sunday in Christ Church, Markdale by the Rector Rev. A. S. Mitchell, who briefly alluded to a life which he described as a living sermon, with its text: "Yea though I walk through the Shadow of Death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me." A large choir under the direction of Mrs. L. G. Campbell rendered valuable service on the occasion. The interment took place in the Singhampton Union Cemetery in the family burial plot and was witnessed by a large number of old friends of that place, as well as many who accompanied the body from Markdale. Mrs. Flesher and Mrs. Johnson of Sarnia, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKenny, Col. and Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Pringle of Toronto.
   The many floral tokens included: Wreaths, a cross and sprays from Mrs. Josephine Irvine, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKenny, Col. And Mrs. Campbell, the Ladies' Guild of Christ Church, the Guild of Willing Workers of Christ Church, Mrs. S. E. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Fisk, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Douglass, Messrs. Haslam and Johnston, Mrs. And Mrs. William Haskett, Mrs. A. Hill, Mrs. C. English, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hale of Sudbury, Mrs. Boyce and family, Priceville, Mr. and Mrs. George Snell, Ceylon; Mr. and Mrs., Fred Wright, Ceylon, Mr. and Mrs. McPhatter of Owen Sound; Mr. John and Miss Dundas; Mr. and Mrs. Burnside, Mrs. Johnson Lucas, Miss J. Hutchinson, and others.
   The pallbearers were Messrs. Hugh Mercer, Alex. Smith, T. H. Wilson, John Hannah, J. H. Johnston and A. E. Colgan, all friends of the family. Seldom have we seen a greater tribute to the value of real friendship that was shown by the large attendance at the funeral of one who, owing to the nature of her illness, was not able to see many for so long a time, and the Standard is glad to be able to join with others in respectful sympathy.

Source: The Markdale Standard, June 14, 1928

Submitted by: Patricia Blackstock

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