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Bertha Elizabeth Palmer Arend, Rankey, Warner

  • Birth 9 Jan 1878 Meridian, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 1953 Aurelius, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Holt, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 10440850

Bertha Elizabeth Palmer was born 09 Jan 1878 in Meridian Twp., Okemos, Ingham, MI, the 2nd of 8 children (and first daughter) born to Isaiah Palmer (1846-1930) and Mary Margaret Elizabeth Strayer (1856-1939).

Bertha was married three times: first to John C. Arend (1865-1910), who was 8 years her senior. John & Bertha married 16 Sep 1901 in Delhi Centre (Twp.), Holt, Ingham, MI USA. They had one child, Gertrude Arend (1904-1978), who married Glenn John Henry Albert (1905-1997). The family appears together on the 1910 US Census record.

After John's death in 1910, Bertha married second to Joseph D. Rankey, 2 years her junior, on 24 Aug 1915 in Lansing, Ingham, MI. They had one child, Margaret J. Rankey, who married twice (unknown first husband, but suspect it was a brother or cousin to 2nd husband); 2nd to Cletus Carl Razet on 15 Dec 1944 in Allen, IN, USA. The family appears together in the 1920 US Census Record.

Sometime between 1920-1924, Bertha and Joseph divorced. During that same time frame, Bertha's sister, Maud A (Palmer) Warner died on 11 Mar 1924, leaving a widower Warren Carl Warner with two daughters still at home: Fern and Carol. The youngest, Carol, who was the same age as Bertha's daughter Margaret; both girls about 6 in 1924. So, on 18 Jun 1925, Bertha married for the third and last time, to her brother-in-law Warren Carl Warner, and moved to Aurelius Twp., Mason, MI from her home in Lansing, MI. Together Carl & Bertha finished raising their three children. They also apparently cared for her aging parents Isaiah Palmer & Libby (Strayer) Palmer, because obituaries state that both died in Carl & Bertha's home on Barnes Road in Aurelius Twp. (1930, 1939), where Bertha also died in 1953. Carl & Bertha appear together in the 1930 and 1940 US Census records in Aurelius.

I suspect since both Warren Carl and Bertha's spouses preceded them in death and many years before them, cemetery lots were likely chosen for each at that time. Thus, Carl & Bertha are buried with their first spouses: Bertha with John C. Arend in Holt; Carl with Maud A. Palmer Warner in Aurelius.

Photograph and biographical sketch courtesy Debra Hart Blackgrave Tyre, 04.16.2012. Photograph of Bertha is cropped from larger photo taken at Bertha's home c. 1905-1910, from my mother's archive (Sue Ann Jean, Hart Brownfield).

Bertha is my great-great aunt, and my grandmother was one of those three children raised by Bertha when she married my grandfather, Warren Carl Warner.

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  • Maintained by: Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre
  • Originally Created by: Terrie Dryer
  • Added: 7 Feb 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10440850
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha Elizabeth Palmer Arend, Rankey, Warner (9 Jan 1878–1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10440850, citing Maple Ridge Cemetery, Holt, Ingham County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Debra (Hart) Blackgrave Tyre (contributor 47702154) .