Bannister, daughter of Charles and Ann Bannister, wife of William
McKerlie of Townsend, was born 19 Mar 1867 and passed away 19 Jul
She was educated in the
Wilsonville school, Simcoe High and Model Schools, Hamilton
Collegiate Institute and Richmond College, Quebec.
After teaching for a short
time, she entered upon the larger and still [.....] responsible
duties of wife and mother, making a home remarkable for its harmony
and happiness. "Her children rise up and call her blessed, her
husband also and he praiseth her." Gentle, sociable, large
hearted, she everywhere gained many friends and retained them.
After a brief prayer at the
house, Sunday, 22 Jul 1917, she was laid to rest in Wilsonville
Cemetery. A service was held in the church adjoining, in charge of
Rev. Mr. Rogers, assisted by Rev. Earl Dale of Boston, a cousin of
the deceased. A solo was rendered by Mr. Frank Atkins of Burlington,
a nephew, and a duet by Mr. Atkins and Miss Annie Bannister of
California, a niece.
Converted early in years,
Mrs. McKerlie was a life long member of Wilsonville Methodist Church
and will be greatly missed in church circles.
Besides her husband she
leaves five children:
Alice S., a teacher in Waterford school,
Albert E., W. Gordon, John E. and Beatrice H.
The youngest daughter of a
large family of seven daughters and five sons, she is survived by
brothers and two sisters: Geo. D. Bannister of Townsend,
Albert W. Bannister of Lordsburg, Cal.,
Mrs. E. B. Freeland of Freeman, and
Mrs. E. A. Elliott of Springfield, Mass.
"To live in hearts we
leave behind is not to die." --Waterford Star.