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SPERRY, Gertrude 1867-1951


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/10/2015 at 08:48:01

Mrs. J. H. Sperry Died Tuesday

Mrs. J. H. Sperry, who had resided in the same home in Grundy Center forty-nine years, died in this home on Tuesday evening. She suffered a heart attack Sunday evening from which she was unable to recover. She was 83 years old last month.

The body is at the Coffman-Ferree Chapel, where friends may call up to the time of the funeral service Friday afternoon. The service will be at the Baptist church and will be conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. J. L. Pace. Burial will be in the Grundy Center cemetery.

Was a Native of England
Gertrude Hailey was born on December 16, 1867, in Bedford, England, the daughter of Henry and Mary Hailey. At the age of seven she came with her family to Delavan, Wisconsin.

As a young woman she went to Chicago, where she taught in the McCowan School for the Deaf. In 1900, she came to Grundy Center, as a private tutor.

On January 1, 1902, she was united in marriage to James H. Sperry. To this union were born three daughter, Katherine, who died in infancy; Ruth (Mrs. W. W. Ledgerwood of Minneapolis); and Jeanne (Mrs. H. C. Tschirgi of Newport, R.I.). Mrs. Sperry is also survived by her step-daughters, Beulah (Mrs. T. K. Stark of Los Angeles); Alice (Mrs. W. W. Warsaw of Waterloo) and a step-son, Sidney (Mr. W. G. Sperry of Grundy Center). Surviving also are 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A brother, Arthur Hailey of Vancouver, Wash., and a sister, Mrs. A. T. Stark of Upland, Neb., also survive.

Mrs. Sperry was preceded in death by her husband, J. H. Sperry, who died March 9, 1942, a step-son, Arthur, who died in 1939, and Celestine, who died in 1943.

Soon after Mrs. Sperry came to Grundy Center she joined the First Baptist church where she continued as a faithful member and devoted worker in its Sunday School and church activities.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 11 January 1951, pg 6


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