Etc. -- Lillian (Cooke) Witherspoon's 1920 obituary
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A lightly edited page 1 article in the 3 Jun 1920 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper. 

Death of Mrs. Witherspoon

The death occurred about three o'clock Monday morning at the family home on Talbot Street, of Lillian Parsons Cooke, beloved wife of Charles Witherspsoon Sr., 
in her 45th year.

It was not known until a few weeks ago, when a trip to Hamilton was made with the expectation of an operation for appendicitis, that her illness had been unperceived for some time and that an internal cancer had developed beyond control.

It was her wish that she be brought home, and after two weeks of intense suffering, notwithstanding all care and attention that medical skill and loving hands could do, she passed away peacefully away as above stated.

Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Cooke of Brantford, and previous to coming to Simcoe was an active worker in Wellington Street Church.

During her past 17 years' residence in Simcoe, the late Mrs. Witherspoon had live a most exemplary Christian life. She was a faithful wife and mother, a friend of the needy, and upon those in Affliction, distress or trouble, her hand and heart of sympathy were always extended for the alleviation of suffering. In church work she was a zealous and untiring worker.

To the grief stricken husband and two sons Charles and Harry, the sympathy of the entire community is extended in their sad bereavement.

One sister and two brothers survive -- Mrs. Bayliss of Cayuga, and Messrs. George and Richard Cooke of Buffalo.

A funeral service was held at the home yesterday afternoon at 1.30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. H. C. Newcombe and Rev. Mr. Rodgers of Oakland, and was attended by a large number of Simcoe friends who were present to pay their last respects. Many beautiful floral tributes were laid on the casket.

The pallbearers from the house to the hearse were Hugh P. Innes, k.c.,
H. H. Goff, Henry Johnson, A. G. Rose, 
Angus Munroe [sic] and Frank Cardiff.

The funeral cortege proceeded by motor to Greenwood Cemetery, Brantford, the last sad rites at the graveside being in charge of Rev. Mr. Rodgers.

The pallbearers from the hearse to the grave were Messrs. A. G. Rose, Henry Johnson, Frank Cardiff, Fred R. Pursel, Angus Munroe [sic], of Simcoe, and John Holstock of Welland.

About 35 lifelong friends of the deceased were present at the graveside.

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