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Frances Jane Comley Dempsey
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1869
Staffordshire, England
Death: May 28, 1961
Marion County
Oregon, USA

Frances' cremated remains were never taken after her death and are still available at the Oregon State Hospital to be claimed by anyone who is related. More information is available at

A book by David Maisel and a documentary by Ondi Timoner & Robert James, both entitled "Library of Dust" also provide more information.

We're looking for living relatives, please contact me if you have information.

Frances was born in Albrighton, Staffordshire, England to George & Mary Comley.
She sailed by herself from England to the New York, arriving on 4/28/1904.
She married Hugh Dempsey on 9/8/1904 in BC, Canada.
Hugh was born in Perth, Ontario, Canada on 10/02/1847.

They moved first to Spokane, WA in 1906 & then to Portland, OR by the 1920 census. Hugh died in 1928.

I don't find her in the 1930 or 1940 census records, but the city directories show her in Portland in 1928, 1953, & 1955, sometimes working as a seamstress.

Frances was admitted to the Oregon State Hospital, about 1957, a residential facility in Salem, Oregon for the treatment of people with mental illness. After living there for over 3 years she died of heart failure at the institution on 5/28/1961 at the age of 91.
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  Hugh Dempsey (1847 - 1928)
Oregon State Hospital
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Donna M Stefani
Originally Created by: jessicado
Record added: May 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69402922
Frances Jane <i>Comley</i> Dempsey
Added by: Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
Frances Jane <i>Comley</i> Dempsey
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Rest in peace.
- Phyllis (Porter) Zegers
 Added: Jul. 12, 2014

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