very wide circle of relatives and friends mourn the passing of Mrs.
T. D. Duncombe, who died at her home in Waterford on Wednesday
evening, June 14th, after a months' [sic] illness with heart
trouble and pneumonia.
Mrs. Duncombe was Amelia,
only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. K. McMichael and was born
in July, 1867 on the farm north-east of Waterford, now owned by her
brother, Mr. Leamon B. McMichael.
She was married 45 years ago
to Mr. T. D. Duncombe, who survives her, and came to Waterford
residing for a number of years in the house now occupied by
Dr. and Mrs. G. K. Shirton.
In 1921 they moved into the
palatial home built by
Mr. Duncombe's father, the late Dr. A. C.
Duncombe, which Mr. and Mrs. Duncombe greatly beautified, also the
gardens which slope to the Nanticoke filled with exquisite flowers,
including hundreds of rare roses just now in full bloom.
Unbounded hospitality was
ever found both within the home and in the gardens and was only one
Mrs. Duncombe's kindly characteristics which made her beloved by
everyone. Roses from her garden for the sick, bushels of good things
for the poor or unfortunate were the tokens of a love for others
which outpoured in helpful service.
In the Baptist Church, of
which she was an active
member, she was for many years president of the
Mission Circle, an officer in the Ladies' Aid, a teacher
in the Sunday School and a faithful attendant at all services
including the prayer meeting, and in all of
these her knowledge of God's word and her deep spiritually were most
She was at one time a student at
Woodstock College, where she especially studied art, a gift which she
continued to develop and enjoy even in recent years.
Mrs. Duncombe was greatly
interested in W.C.T.U. work and was for some years president of the
local branch, her home being ever open for its meetings as well as
for those of the women's organizations of the chuch [sic].
There was an exceptionally
large attendance at the funeral which was held on Saturday at 2.30,
from her late residence. Rev. H. E. Bridge, pastor of the Baptist
Church, conducted the services, Rev. H. Wilkins led in prayer and
Rev. F. C. Elliott of Ingersoll, a former pastor, and close friend of
the family, preached the sermon from the text "I am the
resurrection and the Life," dwelling on the doctrine of
Christ's seconding coming, which was a precious hope with Mrs.
Duncombe. Mrs. F. C. Elliott sang a beautiful solo, "The
Christian's Good-night," and the hynn "Jesus Lover of My
Soul" was sung.
Nearly 50 handsome floral
tributes borne fragrant testimony to the affection and esteem of
the bearers were Messrs. R. D. Gibson, R. M. Beemer,
Dr. A. D. MacPherson and J. E. Forbes of Waterford,
Mr. E. D. Heath of Delhi, and Mr. Safford Hitchen of Bloomsburg.
Besides her husband Mrs.
Duncombe leaves one son,
Dr. K. L. Duncombe of Downer's Grove, Ill., and two daughters, Mrs.
(Rev.) J. C. Macaulay of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Katharine, a
teacher on the staff of the Dundas High School, also two brothers,
Messrs. J. H. McMichael and L. B. McMichael. There are also two
granddaughters, Jean and Jane Duncombe of Downer's Grove. One son,
Gordon, died six years ago.
Interment took place in
Greenwood Cemetery, Waterford.
Among those from a distance
present at the funeral services were Mrs. C. Lewis and
Mr. and Mrs. Fetzer of Toledo, and Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Knight and Mrs. James Griffith of Niagara Falls.