Etc. -- Emma (Brook) Donly's 1931 obituary
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A transcription of a page 1 article in the 8 Jan 1931 Waterford Star newspaper.

Mrs. H. B. Donly
(Simcoe Reformer)

The entire community was saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Emma Brook Donly, widow of Col. Hal. B. Donly, who passed away on Wednesday of last week, December 31st, after a brief illness, in her 62nd year. Her death came as a shock to her many friends, as she had been in apparent good health and was down town just before Christmas.

Mrs. Donly was the younger daughter of the late Joseph Brook, prominent Simcoe citizen of an earlier period and founder of the Brook Woolen Company. As the wife of H. B. Donly, editor of the Reformer for over forty years, she took a keen interest in community welfare and many organizations in Simcoe received her sympathetic interest and assistance. Her genial, loving and generous character earned for her the admiration of a host of friends, by all of whom she will be sincerely missed.

She leaves two sons, James and Paul, both of Simcoe, and one daughter, Mrs. Philip Thayer, who lives in Singapore, Straits Settlements. She is survived by one brother, Harry J. Brook of Simcoe, and one sister, Mrs. A. W. Donly, now of California. Another brother, Fred T. Brook, predeceased her several years ago.

In attendance at the funeral was a large gathering of friends not only from the immediate community, but from many points in Ontario. The beautiful floral offerings bespoke the high esteem in which Mrs. Donly was held. The service was conducted by Rev. C. K. Masters, rector of Trinity Church, and interment was made at Oakwood Cemetery.

The bearers were Messrs. W. D. Powell, B. T. Jackson, W. P. Mackay, H. L. Selby, James Riley and Charles E. Innes.

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