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 Mary Jane “Jennie” <I>Porter</I> Bedell

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Mary Jane “Jennie” Porter Bedell

  • Birth 1873
  • Death 17 Jan 1927
  • Burial Auburn, Placer County, California, USA
  • Plot W 1/2 173-4
  • Memorial ID 48790706

Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday, 1-19-1927
Death of Mrs. Bedell Shocks Community – End Came Suddenly on Monday Evening – Funeral This Afternoon

The entire community was shocked and saddened on Tuesday on learning of the sudden death of Mrs. E. C. Bedell, which occurred at the Bedell ranch at 6:50 o'clock Monday evening. Her brother, Robert Porter, and his wife had gone over to the Bedell ranch early in the evening on an errand and fortunately were there when the end came. Just a few minutes before she passed away, she walked across the room and seated herself on the edge of her bed. She called to Mrs. Porter who hastened to her side, and almost immediately after she passed peacefully away in Mrs. Porter's arms. She was 64 years and 5 months of age. Mrs. Bedell had for some years been a sufferer from heart trouble and more recently with other complications and though her death came suddenly it was not entirely unexpected. She was the wife of E. C. Bedell, well known orchardist of this community and until quite recently secretary of the Placer County Chamber of Commerce. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Alfred and Fred Bedell; one daughter, Mrs. Walter Reynolds; one grandson, Kenneth Reynolds; and two brothers, Robert Porter and G. H. Porter. Funeral services for Mrs. Bedell will be held on Wednesday afternoon, January 19, at 2 o'clock in the First Methodist Church of which she was a member. Rev. Thomas H. Mee will be the officiating clergyman. The funeral will be private.

Roseville Tribune and Register, Friday, 1-21-1927
Mrs. E. C. Bedell Funeral Rites Held Wednesday – Descendent of Pioneer Roseville Family – Was Beloved By All Who Knew Her

On August 12, 1862, Jennie Porter, one in a happy family of eight children, was born on the farm of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Porter, east of Roseville. Here she grew to young womanhood and acquired her education in the public schools and continued her search for knowledge throughout her useful life. On June 21, 1892, she was united in marriage with Edward C. Bedell of Roseville, Placer County, taking up their residence on their ranch near town, where she continued to live until summoned to her eternal home on Monday evening, January 17, 1927. Having early dedicated her life to God, she united with the Methodist Episcopal Church where she devoted her musical talents as well as time and energy for the betterment of the community in which she was ever deeply interested. Their home during all of her active years was one of hospitality, while neighbors far and near cherished her kindly interest. Even during her more than seven years of illness, she continued to hold a thoughtful place for the welfare of others. Her natural generosity was evidenced in many ways that added cheer to other lives. Fond of reading, she filled the hours of confinement with the best thoughts of literature, always endeavoring to keep abreast of the movements of the world. She likewise wished to have a part in every good cause possible, being an inspiration to many not only to acquire learning, but also to impart liberally to others. Her chief regret was that she was unable to accomplish more each fleeting day, and in the family as well as among the older residents she will be greatly missed. Her high Christian ideals and true friendships will ever be fondly cherished by those who came within the reach of her beneficent and consecrated life. Her peaceful passing from her earthly tabernacle was a translation toward which she had made full preparation as she patiently toiled and awaited the Master's call to join the ransomed and dwell forevermore with Him "whom having not seen she loved." To revere her memory and to cherish her devoted life, she leaves her bereaved companion, and three children, Albert R. Bedell of San Francisco, Alfred H. Bedell of Roseville, and Mrs. Ethel B. Reynolds of Auburn, and one grandson, Kenneth Reynolds; also two brothers, Robert Porter of Roseville and Harry Porter of Oakland, California. With these, many friends throughout Placer County unite in tender sympathy and appreciation of this worthy member of one of the pioneer families of the state. The funeral services, which were private, were held from the First Methodist Church, Wednesday afternoon, under the direction of Broyer & Magner, with the pastor, Rev. Thomas H. Mee, officiating. Mrs. Annie C. King, accompanied by Mrs. H. C. Slater, sang "The Christian's Good Night," and Mrs. B. C. Knapp and Mrs. E. C. Sawtelle sang "Asleep in Jesus." The pall bearers were Messrs J. P. Thorell, M. B. Johnson, M. C. Hellar, J. M. Schellhous, Walter Hanisch, and Alvah Sprague. Many were the choice floral offerings that lent their silent tribute of the love and esteem in which one beloved was held. The mortal remains were taken to Sacramento for cremation and will be held in sacred keeping while time shall last.

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  • Created by: Glenda Ragan
  • Added: 25 Feb 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48790706
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane “Jennie” Porter Bedell (1873–17 Jan 1927), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48790706, citing Old Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Placer County, California, USA ; Maintained by Glenda Ragan (contributor 47164677) .