Mildred was the daughter of Charles Caylor Postlewaite and Clara Ethel Means. She married Paul Revere Abbey in July 1925 in Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD. She died in the Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Paul and Mildred were the parents of five children:
1. Edward Paul Abbey
2. Howard D. Abbey
3. John Charles Abbey
4. Nancy Abbey
5. William T. Abbey
The following article and obituary appeared in "The Indiana Gazette" (Indiana, PA) on Wednesday, November 16, 1988, page 1, columns 2-3:
Home woman killed in crash of Route 286
An elderly woman died Tuesday afternoon in a Pittsburgh hospital, succumbing to injuries sustained earlier yesterday in a crash near Indiana. It was one of four traffic accidents reported today by area police officials. The summary:
o Mildred Postlewait [sic] Abbey, 83, of Home, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh, as the result of injuries sustained in a two-car crash on Route 286 in White Township at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to state police in Indiana.
Mrs. Abbey taught for 20 years in Marion Center School District's Plumville grade school before retiring in 1970.
She is survived by her husband, Paul R. Abbey. She was the mother of novelist Edward Abbey, Tucson, Ariz., and is survived [by] two other sons, Howard D., Chambersville, and William T., Honolulu, Hawaii, and a daughter, Nancy, of San Jose, Calif. A complete obituary appears on page 30.
Police said Mrs. Abbey was the driver of a car that collided with a pickup truck driven by Richard Walker, 45, of Dayton RD 2, on Stonebraker Hill.
Mrs. Abbey was taken by ambulance to Indiana Hospital and then flown to Presbyterian-University Hospital where she died at 2 p.m. She was pronounced dead there by Dr. D.E. Ukekivu, police said.
Walker suffered a minor injury in the crash but refused treatment at the scene, according to police.
Police said Mrs. Abbey was traveling east on Route 286 and crossed into the westbound lane where her car collided with the Walker truck. Police said she apparently was trying to make a left turn into a private parking area.
The Abbey car was severely damaged while the pickup truck had only minor damage, according to police.
[the article continues with reports of the other accidents]
[page 30, column 5]
MILDRED POSTLEWAIT [sic] ABBEY, 83, Home, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1988, in Presbyterian-University Hospital, Pittsburgh.
A daughter of Charles and Clara Means Postlewait [sic], she was born May 23, 1905, in Ringgold.
Mrs. Abbey was a member of the Washington Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder.
SHe [sic] had taught in the Plumville grade school of the Marion Center School District for 20 years before retiring in 1970.
Surviving are her husband, Paul, whom she married in 1925; three sons, Edward, Tucson, Ariz.; Howard D., Chambersville; William T., Honolulu, Hi.; a daughter, Nancy, San Jose, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three sister, Mrs. Britta Nesbitt and Mrs. Franklin (Elizabeth) George, Indiana; Isabel Nesbitt, Erie.
She was preceded in death by a son, John, in 1987.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Church Cemetery, with Rev. Timothy Monroe, officiating.
Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Plumville, is caring for arrangements.
Paul Revere Abbey
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