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 Clara Ellen <I>Gibbs</I> Atwood

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Clara Ellen Gibbs Atwood

  • Birth 23 May 1857 Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 16 Feb 1918 Bay City, Bay County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 63902293


Decline Had Been Rapid Since Death of Husband Last September.

Altho the correctness of the diagnosis was established, the operation performed by Dr. Ballard at Mercy Hospital, Bay City, on Mrs. T.W. Atwood did not result in saving her life. She submitted to the knife Friday morning at 9:00 0'clock and for 18 hours seemed to be doing well. A change for the worse was then noticed and Friday her heart action, which had been irregular for years, gave great concern and the organ failed to respond to the stimulants administered and she passed away Saturday afternoon [February 16, 1918]. The operation disclosed two gall stones as large as cherries which were successfully removed, the gall bladder being greatly enlarged.

Mrs. Atwood stood the journey to Bay City well and said the worst part was during the ambulance ride from the train to the hospital. She was accompanied to the operating room by her son Theron who had secured a furlough of a week from Camp Custer, and her daughter Helen, both of whom remained until the anesthetic was administered. She was brave and cheerful in the face of the coming ordeal, saying to her children that it was only for their sake that he was willing to undergo it, in the hope of being spared to them a little longer. Helen remained with her mother except to get her meals, and the end came so quickly that Theron and Ellett, who were near at hand, could not be summoned before she died.

The body was brought to Caro Sunday morning by special train, arriving at 11:30 and was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. O.C. Palmer, where she had been ill for four weeks.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon [February 19, 1918] at the Palmer home and were conducted by her pastor, Rev. S. Conger Hathaway of the Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Atwood had been a member for more than 25 years. The floral offerings were profuse and included many violets, special favorites of the deceased. In fulfillment of a wish expressed by Mrs. Atwood, Mrs. E.K. West of Detroit and her brother, Marcellus Kinyon of Northville sang "Sometime We'll Understand" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere," with surpassing tenderness. They were former residents of Caro and favorite vocalists. The four sons and two sons-in-law, O.C. Palmer and A.J. Boergert acted as pallbearers; and thru the courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Chase Crissey, the body was placed in the Chase mausoleum until one can be erected next summer.

Mrs. Alice Bonker of Saginaw, a sister, is the only remaining member of the family, and she, with her daughter, Miss Lois Bonker, attended the services. Others present from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Bonker, Saginaw; Mrs. O.L. Sprague and Mrs. Charles Bush, Owosso; Mrs. J.J. Hopkins, Alma; Mr. Robert Orr, Lansing; Mrs. John McAlpine, Akron; Miss Madge Atwood, Monroe; and Miss Elaine Fingerle of Mason.

Mrs. Atwood was a native of Indianfields Township and her whole life was spent here. She was born May 23, 1857 in the Rowland house, corner of Fremont and Allen Streets, Caro, the youngest daughter of the late Melvin Gibbs. Her girlhood was spent in the log house still standing on the farm of Robert Park, Sr., and under the fir tree still standing near it, Mrs. Atwood pointed as the spot where she was wooed and won.

At the age of 18 she became the bride of T.W. Atwood, the wedding taking place at the home of her sister, Mrs. Myra Delling, opposite the present home of J.W. Montague. For a time the young couple boarded at the Medler house and later kept house on several farms and dwellings in Caro. About 18 years ago they bought the farm near the standpipe, remodeled the large house and lived there until four years ago when they bought and occupied the big Himelhoch house on West Burnside Street, where Mr. Atwood died only last September.

She is survived by eight children: Newton B., president of the Caro Light and Power Co.; Merrill G., president of the Caro Water Works Co.; Mrs. A.J. Boergert, Saginaw; Mrs. O.C. Palmer, Mrs. Clarence R. Myers, Miss Helen, Theron, a soldier at Camp Custer, and Ellett, all of Caro.

Altho wholly devoted to her home and family, Mr. Atwood found time to do considerable church work until her health became impaired, and was also a valued member of the Order of Eastern Star and Pythian Sisters. She was noted for her kindness of heart and the generosity of her nature and a multitude of friends outside her immediate relatives mourn her untimely death.

(Tuscola County Advertiser, February 1918.)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clara Ellen Gibbs Atwood (23 May 1857–16 Feb 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63902293, citing Indian Fields Township Cemetery, Caro, Tuscola County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Joann Geybels (contributor 46986938) .