Death of Mrs.
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
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.