Etc. -- Betsey Ann Birdsell's 1901 obituary
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A lighted edited item from the Boston column on page 8 of the 13 Jun 1901 issue of the 
Waterford Star


This week we record the death of one of our highly esteemed citizens in the person of Betsey Ann, wife of Isaac Birdsell, at the age of 78 years, which sad event took place at her residence on Friday last [7 Jun 1901].

Deceased was sick only a short time. She had a stroke but after which she got quite smart until Pneumonia set in and the end came at last.

Deceased was a bright and cheerful Christian. When quite a young girl she gave her heart to God and always looked to Him for health and strength and the end came she was ready and willing to submit to God's calling. As a neighbor she was kind and loving, always had a smile for everyone.

She was laid peacefully away on Sunday afternoon in the Boston cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by our pastor, Rev. S. G. Harris, assisted by W. Haviland, taking for his text Isaiah chap. 8, and the latter part of the first verse, "Set thine house in order for thou shall die and not live."

Deceased had lived in this place most of her life and will be greatly missed.

She leaves behind to mourn her loss a sorrowing husband, who is very ill at time of writing, one son Alexander, three daughters: Mrs. Geo. Swift, 
Mrs. Mark Garling and Mrs. Marcus Butler of this place, one brother Simon Matthews of Brantford, two sisters Mrs. Peter Beemer of Scotland and Mrs. Curtis of Michigan, who have the deepest sympathy of this community.

The pall-bearers who carried the remains to the last resting place were: Messrs. Geo. Taylor, 
Thomas H. Johnston, Cosford Howey, L. C. Barber, James Ross and J. B. Johnson.

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