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Matilda Arnold Walker, Almost a Centenarian

MATILDA ARNOLD WALKER

Almost a Centenarian from Newspaper of 1891

Died in Superior, Washtenaw Co., Feb. 1st 1891  Mrs. Matilda Walker, aged 91 years, 2 months and 4 days.  The deceased was born in the state of Maryland but moved with her parents to the state of New York when quite young and was married to Henson Walker in 1815 and came with her husband and children to Michigan and settled in township of Oceola in 1835.  Two years after arrival here, Mrs. Walker united with the M. E. Church, and remained a faithful  and consistent member until her death.  She was the mother of seven sons and two daughters of whom seven are still living.  Lewis Walker died in 1863 and Sarah Watrous in 1881; John Walker age 74 resides in Wayne Co.; George age 72 resides in Salem, Washtenaw Co.; Henson age 70 resides in Utah; Richard age 67, Thomas age 60, and Robert age 58 live in Oceola Township.  The youngest Cassie A. Pearson age 53 resides in Superior where Mrs. Walker died.  Seldom indeed are children as old as these blessed with a living parent.  She was rarely sick and retained her mental faculties remarkably well until a few hours proceeding her death.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. H. Kilpatrick and were held at the residence of Richard Walker in Oceola on Wednesday last and the remains were interred in Oceola Riddle Cemetery.  A long and useful life is ended and another link in the chain which bound the buried to the past to the living present has been broken by the blighting hand of death.  She leaves to her children and her children’s children the memory of a noble life and a heritage of love and Christian life.

taken from a scrapbook—newspaper clippings belong to the late Clyde Pettibone family—prepared by Matilda F. Pettibone. 

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