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Death of Mrs. F.J. Raper Occurred  
Friday Morning After Long and
Patiently Borne Illness -- Member
of Pioneer Family in Meaford
Born Here in 1856
MEAFORD EXPRESS (1928) -- The sad death of Edith Esther Smith, beloved wife of Fred J. Raper occurred at the family residence on Friday morning after an extended illness, at the advanced age of 82 years. Deceased had been in delicate health for some time and kept up her spirit of cheerfulness and home interest until the last.
   The late Mrs. Raper was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allan Smith and was born in Meaford in 1856. She was very conversant with the early life of the district and very vividly recalled the incorporation of Meaford in 1874.
   On December 10, 1880, she was married in Thornbury to Mr. F.J. Raper of Meaford, by the late Rev. Frederick Brown, and the young couple took up their residence in town. Two years later they moved to Manitoba where they carried on farming operations for some years and later spent two years in British Columbia. In 1893 Mr. and Mrs. Raper returned to Meaford, where they have since resided. Some 42 years ago they took up their residence on the shore at the intersection of Bayfield and Sykes Streets, where, with the co-operation of the town, they established the Raper park, which stands as a monument to their civic pride and culture. Coupled with their enterprise were a number of ladies comprising what was known as the Parks Improvement Committee and composed of Mrs. Dugald Smith, Misses Margaret Vail and Christina Smith, Mrs. Richard Gray, Mrs. Raper and others, and established the pavilion. In recognition of the work and service of Mr. and Mrs. Raper at the gore, which is one of the outstanding beauty spots of Meaford, the little park was given the name of the Raper Park. The Women's Institute later added improvements with further accommodation and the management was them turned over to the Parks Managing Board who are now in control. The park was always a pride to Mrs. Raper and family.
   The late Mrs. Raper was a member of the Christ Church (Anglican), and was very active in church work. She was a member of the Ladies' Aid, the Women's Auxiliary and also associated with the Women's Institute and Daughter of the Empire since their inception. In fact Mrs. Raper always found time for service and benevolent work.
   Besides her husband the late Mrs. Raper is survived by two sons, Alfred and Claude, of Meaford, both of whom served in World War, and one brother, Mr. A. Norman Smith of Meaford, and early President of the Meaford Agricultural Society. Four half brother and two half sisters also survive: Messrs. Elmer Smith, Meaford; Dalton and Noble Smith, Lakeland, Man., and Ernest Smith, of Owen Sound; and Misses Florence and Annie Smith of town.
   The funeral took place on Monday afternoon to Lakeview Cemetery. A short family service was conducted at the home by Rev. H.F. Appleyard, rector of Christ Church, and a public service followed in the church at 2:30 o'clock, also conducted by the rector. This was largely attended by sympathizing friends. The floral tributes were beautiful and testified to mingled feelings of sorrow and esteem. The pall bearers were Messrs. Dudley Smith, George Morden, John Belshaw, T.H. Randle, E.N. Arthur and F.E. Secord.

Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford, Ontario tombstone inscription, from BGOGS :

Mona B WILSON 1900 - 1962 wife of
Alfred F Raper 1886 - 1962
Claude   - 1965 his wife Queen   - 1972
Seal E A L son of
Frederick  &  Edith Raper died
Dec 17 1904 age 22 yr 4 mo 11 da
Frederick J Raper 1852 - 1940 his wife
Edith E SMITH 1857 - 1938

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Obituary Source: Meaford Express

Obit & tombstone data submitted by: Donna Binsted

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