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Ida Margaret Tuttle DeSpain
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Birth: Sep. 2, 1859
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1913
Adams County
Washington, USA

On last Saturday night, after having retired in her usual health, Mrs. Ida M. DeSpain became ill about midnight and within a short time died. Death was due to a hemorrhage of the lungs. While having been somewhat week for a long time, Mrs. DeSpain was around doing her work. On last Saturday she had a fainting spell early in the evening, but as these were more less frequent no danger was anticipated. She retired about 11 o'clock and soon fell asleep. Mr. DeSpain was awakened about two o'clock by hearing his wife breathing rather hard, but when he attempted to arouse her she appeared to be unconscious. Calling Mrs. Stuart, the two tried to arouse her and finding their efforts futile, the doctor was called, but by the time he arrived she was dead.

The three children were called home at once in order to attend the funeral, which was held on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Hutton of the Congregational church preached the funeral sermon. Many friends and relatives were in attendance.

Mrs. Ida Margaret DeSpain, formerly Miss Tuttle, was born on a farm in the state of Pennsylvania, September 2, 1860. She lived there until she was grown and preparing herself for a teacher, she came west, settling here in Adams county twenty-nine years ago. She was employed to teach the first district school in this county and began her work here in Ritzville in the fall of 1884. Among her pupils who have lived here in this county since that time are Jessie Harris, Claude Harris, Mrs. E. D. Gilson, Mrs. W. W. Zent and Daniel, Charles and Mark Sinclair.

In 1884 the deceased married W.F. DeSpain and they then moved to a homestead out in the northwest part of the county, where they lived for about eight years. To them were born three children, O. J. DeSpain, who lives at present, in Silverton Oregon; Mrs. Claire DeSpain Clark of Malden and Harry, who is at present in the employ of the county on the state road near Washtucna.

Mrs. DeSpain was a member of the Congregational church of this city and was one of the member of the Ladies' Aid Society of that church. She was also one of the oldest resident members of the Maccabee lodge, having been instrumental in it organization years ago. During the past few years she has been kept rather close to home on account of lameness in the ankles. Affable in disposition and a lover of her home, Mrs. DeSpain created during her life a large circle of friends who now mourn her loss. The friends and neighbors, who through years of intimate acquaintance with her, feel keenly the loss of this good woman, and sympathize with the family in their sorrow. Through death has stilled the hand that ministered to the wants of those who loved her, the silent influence of the wife, mother and friend, will be a sweet benison to those who feel most keenly the place she occupied in their hearts and affections.

The Washington State Journal and Ritzville Times Thursday, September 18, 1913. Courtesy of Sue Gardner & gapwork 90 
Family links: 
  Oliver Perry Tuttle (1834 - 1904)
  Rosina Lyon Stockwell Tuttle (1834 - 1921)
  William F. DeSpain (1856 - 1937)*
  Claire DeSpain Norris (1889 - 1956)*
  Harry Stuart DeSpain (1892 - 1950)*
  Infant Son DeSpain (1896 - 1896)*
  Hattie M. Tuttle Smith (1856 - 1932)*
  Libbie E. Tuttle Stuart (1857 - 1920)*
  Ida Margaret Tuttle DeSpain (1859 - 1913)
  Grant Nelson Tuttle (1864 - 1948)*
  Guy Stockwell Tuttle (1868 - 1937)*
  William Seymour Tuttle (1871 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Ritzville Memorial Cemetery
Adams County
Washington, USA
Plot: Division 4, Block 33, Grave 3
Created by: Elaine and Bill Schrock
Record added: Jun 29, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20167225
Ida Margaret <i>Tuttle</i> DeSpain
Added by: Elaine and Bill Schrock
Ida Margaret <i>Tuttle</i> DeSpain
Added by: Elaine and Bill Schrock
Ida Margaret <i>Tuttle</i> DeSpain
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Rest in peace Ida
- Delbert Greer
 Added: Nov. 2, 2012

- Elaine and Bill Schrock
 Added: Oct. 8, 2008

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