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Lydia Rebecca Bare Reiff
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Birth: May 29, 1870
Death: Jan. 7, 1943

Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXV, No . 44 - January 28, 1943-pages 942-943

Reiff.--Lydia Rebecca, daughter of Benjamin and Magdalena (Good) Bare, was born May 29, 1870, near Goshen, Ind.

When two years old, she moved with her parents to Kansas, near Marion. At the age of nineteen she united with the Mennonite Church near Peabody, Kans. In 1886 the family moved to Oronogo, Mo. She spent several years as assistant matron in the Children's Home in Joplin, Mo., and one summer at the Mennonite Orphans, Home at West Liberty, Ohio.

In 1907 she was married to Jacob P. Berkey, a minister, and resided at Harper, Kans., where she helped in the Primary Department of Pleasant Valley Sunday School. Her first husband passed away in September, 1916, after which she spent several years working at Hesston College.

In 1925 she was united in marriage to Christian Reiff, a minister of Elkhart, Ind.

She died suddenly Jan. 7, 1943, following a heart attack at her home. She was stricken after visiting a neighbor, and was found unconscious on a davenport by her husband. She died within an hour without regaining consciousness.

Surviving, besides her husband, are 4 stepdaughters (Mrs. Perry Hartwick, Portland, Oreg.; Bessie Berkey, Chicago; Mrs. Miles Troyer, Elkhart; and Mrs. R. P. Horst, Kansas City, Kans.), 6 stepsons (Vernon and Nathan Reiff, Elkhart; Tillman Reiff, Newton, Kansas; Irvin and David Reiff, Chicago; and Jacob Reiff, Berkeley, Calif.), an adopted son (George Berkey, Albuquerque, N. Mex.); 5 sisters (Mrs. John Bickel, Harper, Kans.; Mrs. Eli Burkhart, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mrs. Jonas Weaver, Oronogo, Mo.; Mrs. Walter Underwood, Modesto, Calif; and Mrs. Monroe Hostetler, Portland, Oreg), and 2 brothers (Mahlon Bare, Adair, Okla.; and Joseph Bare, and Joseph Bare, Harper, Kans.)

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  Jacob P Berkey (1874 - 1916)
  Christian Reiff (1867 - 1945)
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