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 Mary Whittemore

Mary Whittemore

Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Death 2 Jun 1934 (aged 66)
Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA
Plot ELMWOOD 4 1W 4
Memorial ID 149689721 · View Source
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True Republican, 6 June 1934

Sadness cast its shadow over this community Saturday morning when the realization came that Miss Mary Whittemore had passed away that morning at 12:20 o'clock at her apartment in the Fargo Hotel. Miss Whittemore had been ill and under the care of a trained nurse for only a few weeks previous to her death summons.

Sycamore suffered the loss of a true friend with the passing of Miss Whittemore. She was a direct descendant of that esteemed pioneer family of Lorenzo Whittemore, who first settled in Sycamore about 1848, when the son, Henry C. Whittemore, father of the deceased, was about seven years of age. The loyalty and stability of then citizenship were heritages of character still abundant in the life of Miss Whittemore.

Mary Whittemore was the daughter and second child of Henry C. and Amelia Martin Whittemore. She was born in this city Sept. 20, 1867 and had been a continuous resident here since that time. The greater portion of her life was spent in the parental homestead, on the site where the E. A. Renfer home now stands, on West State street.

After her father' death in 1920, Miss Whittemore purchased the Franklin Hall residence at the corner of State and North California streets, she and her mother moving to this home. Here Mrs. Whittemore passed away in 1925. Later this corner lot deemed a desirable location for a new hotel, so with civic interests ever paramount to her own Miss Whittemore sold the site, the late H. B. Fargo of Geneva erecting a modern and up-to-date hotel.

Immediately after the completion of the hotel in May, 1927, Miss Whittemore rented a suite of rooms, making this her permanent home since that time. She endeared herself to every one about the hotel, her cheery presence always radiating an atmosphere as gracious and cordial there as in her own home.

No one ever gave more sincere interpretation of the word friend in life than did Miss Whittemore. Her greatest happiness was found in her expression of service to family and friends. She possessed the happy faculty of so transmitting the charm and friendliness of her manner, that to meet her once was to be impressed ever after of her genuine sincerity and true worth as a companion, whose vision was broad and whose judgment was kindly.

The generosity of her nature prompted innumerable gifts and benevolences throughout her entire lifetime. She will be greatly missed, not only by her immediate family, but by a host of friends, as well. She was a member of the Sycamore Woman's Club. The decedent is survived by one sister, Mrs. George Nesbitt, two brothers, Harry and Floyd, all of Sycamore, also four nieces, Mrs. Harold Engh of Irvington-on-the-Hudson N. Y., Mrs. Williston Reckhow of Rockford, Mrs. George Lange of Madison, Wis., Mrs. George Butzow of Norwood Park and one nephew Kelsey Whittemore, now a student in law school at Leland Stanford, Palo Alto, Calif.

Final tribute was paid the deceased at rites held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Johnson's Chapel Dr. H. S. Roblee of the Federated church officiating. The remain later were taken to Chicago for cremation. Interment was in Elmwood cemetery.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 149689721
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Whittemore (20 Sep 1867–2 Jun 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149689721, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Steve (contributor 48380989) .