Etc. -- Melissa (Dench) Dedrick's 1921 obituary
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A lightly edited partial transcription of the Port Rowan column on page 5 of 19 May 1921 issue of the Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Port Rowan

Mrs. Melissa Dedrick, widow of the late Austin Dedrick, died suddenly at the home of her son, Austin, near this village last Thursday night. 

Mrs. Dedrick suffered a fall about two years ago, which impaired her acticity to a certain extent, but her sudden call was totally unexpected.

A daughter of the late John Dench, she was born in Port Rowan 76 years ago. Upon her marriage with her husband they settled on the farm where she lived all her life.

In early womanhood she joined the Baptist Church and was devoted to her Christian privileges and the church of her choice.

Two sons and two daughters survive: Austin C., at home, and Warren of St. Thomas; Mrs. C. Lanning (Belle) of Cleveland, and Mrs. E. J. Lanning (Maude) of Chaplin, Sask., all of whom were present at the funeral except the latter.

The deceased is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Maria Ross and Miss Atlana Dench, of this village.

The largely attended funeral was held from the home on Saturday, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. M. Smith. The remains were interred in the family plot in Bayview Cemetery.

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