Etc. -- Harriett V. (Finch) Johnson's 1917 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 28 Jun 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Death of Mrs. Richard Johnson

A lady, highly respected by the community and dearly beloved by her immediate family and a wide circle of less intimate relatives, passed peacefully away since our last issue, in the person of Mrs. Richard Johnson.

On the Tuesday evening previous, Mrs. Johnson suffered, at an interval of half an hour, two very severe cerebral hemorrhages, resulting in her passing into a coma from which she did not emerge, death intervening on Sunday, towards the close of the afternoon. The deceased lady was in her 71st year.

Mrs. Johnson was one of the two daughters of the 
late James Finch of Charlotteville, her sister being 
Mrs. Helena Palmerton of Simcoe.

She became the wife of Mr. Johnson almost 50 years ago. To them were born five sons and one daughter. The latter is Mrs. Fred T. Brook, whose home adjoins the Johnson residence of Norfolk Street South.

Four of the five sons, viz., James, Elgin, Bruce and Harvey, live in Simcoe, and are heads of families. They and their father are associated together as specialty farmers and in fruit growing. 

The oldest son, James, enjoys a national reputation as the originator and manager of Canada's largest co-operative apple-growers' association. The second son, Oscar, is a prosperous manufacturer in Rockland, Ill.

Mrs. Johnson's mother, Mrs. Finch, in her 92nd year, also survives, to mourn the loss of a loving daughter's care.

Mrs. Johnson was an unobtrusive but valued member of the Baptist Church here. 

Her pastor, Rev. H. C. Newcombe, assisted by Rev. J. B. Moore of Waterford, conducted a short memorial service at the family residence on Friday afternoon prior to interment in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery.

The male quartette of St. James Church choir lent impressiveness to the occasion by their finished rendering of "Lead Kindly Light." The flowers were particularly beautiful. The large attendance was a striking tribute to the deceased and her family.

The pall-bearers were Messrs. H. H. Groff, J. B. Jackson, W. P. Price, H. B. Donly, A. E. Culver, J. Alex. Wallace.

The sympathy of the community is universal for Mr. Johnson, so suddenly and unexpectedly bereft of his life's partner. 

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