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Mary Elmina Defoe French
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1866
Dakota County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1911
Lake County
Montana, USA

The Atwater Republican Press
Friday, March 31, 1911

Mrs. Mary E. French, beloved wife of Mr. E. M. French, passed away at her home at Polson, Mont., on Thursday, March 23, at 2 o'clock a.m. This sad news was received by Atwater relatives and friends the same day, and in a later message word was received that the remains would be brought here for burial, and accordingly the necessary arrangements were made for the funeral.

The death of Mrs. French, who was so well known in Atwater and vicinity as a former resident of the town of Gennessee, will be greatly mourned by the relatives and many old friends and neighbors of the family, who had always held the deceased in high esteem. The end came after an illness from the complication of diseases since last September. Mrs. French beginning to fail in health shortly after the removal of the family to Montana. The immediate cause of death was heart disease. The end came peacefully, although the patient had been a great sufferer up to within a short time of her death. The summons came suddenly, and the members of the house did not realize that the end was so near. It was naturally a hard blow to the family, and the sorrowing husband and only son have the deepest sympathy of all in their great bereavement.

Mrs. Mary E. French was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. John DeFoe of this village and was born near Hastings December 24, 1866, so consequently was over 44 years of age at the time of her death. She came to Kandiyohi county with her parents in 1872. On Dec. 29, 1883 she was united in marriage to Mr. French at Willmar. Two sons were born to them, the first child dying in infancy. Since their marriage they resided in St. Paul and Redwood Falls, where Mr. French engaged in the practice of law, and removed in 1894 to reside on a farm in Gennessee, where they lived until their removal to Montana last fall.

Deceased will be greatly missed from the home circle by not only the husband and only son, Lee D. French, but also by the latter's young wife, to whom she had been a devoted companion ever since they took up their residence together in the west. Besides her parents here deceased leaves to mourn her death two brothers, Moses DeFoe of Harrison and Peter DeFoe of Atwater, as well as a number of other relatives.

The remains arrived here Monday afternoon, accompanied by the husband. The funeral took place the following day from the parental home. Following brief services at the residence the remains were taken to the Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was a member, and where services were held at 1:30. Rev. U.G. Lacey of Litchfield officiated and preached the funeral sermon in the presence of a large number of sorrowing friends. Among those present were ten members of the Women's Relief Corps. Of Litchfield, of which organization deceased had been a member. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful and testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The interment was in the Catholic cemetery near the village, where the remains were laid to rest in the family burial lot of the parents of the deceased.

Among the relatives from out of town who were present at the funeral were: Mrs. W. H. Simmons, the aged mother of Mr. French, her son. Wesley W. Simmons, both of Marshall and Mrs. Kate Skinner of Granite Falls.

The Republican Press joins with the many friends of the family in extending its sympathy to the bereaved ones, who have thus been suddenly bereft of a most kind and devoted wife and mother.
Family links: 
  John Joseph Defoe (1841 - 1918)
  Mary Ann Franklin Defoe (1844 - 1937)
  Edwin Montrose Grahame French (1852 - 1916)
  Lee D. French (1886 - 1953)*
  Mary Elmina Defoe French (1866 - 1911)
  Moses John Defoe (1869 - 1947)*
  Peter DeFoe (1871 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Marys Cemetery
Kandiyohi County
Minnesota, USA
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Record added: Sep 13, 2010
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Mary Elmina <i>Defoe</i> French
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Mary Elmina <i>Defoe</i> French
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Mary Elmina <i>Defoe</i> French
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