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Smith, Myrtie (Francisco) 1871 – 1898


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 11/18/2020 at 16:48:09

Source: Decorah Republican Dec. 8, 1898 P 4 C 2

In many Decorah homes, since yesterday morning, there have been feelings of sorrow and expressions of deepest sympathy for George E. Smith and his little children left motherless by the death of his wife Myrtle Francisco Smith. Two months ago she was taken ill, and steadily she declined in health until her condition became serious and finally critical. For a time there were some favorable symptoms, but they seemed to be only forerunners of worse conditions until yesterday, when the end came—very suddenly, indeed, for, although she had been very low, she rested more easily the day pr{e}vious and awoke seemingly brighter. Death claimed her shortly before ten o’clock and the long struggle for life had passed. The cause of her death was Bright's disease.
Myrtle Francisco was born in Wisconsin and was the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Francisco. When the family moved to Decorah she was a little gir1 and here she grew to womanhood, winning many warm friendships among the young people by her sunny disposition and kindness of heart. On Oct. 17th, 1892, she was married to George E. Smith, to whom she has been a loving companion. Three little children, the oldest in his fifth year and the youngest a babe in arms, were born to them. Besides the husband and children her parents and grandparents and three sisters survive to mourn her loss
The funeral ceremony will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock, and interment will take place in the Phelps cemetery.

Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave and her gravestone in Phelps Cemetery show her name spelled Myrtie and that she was born November 1, 1871.

Source: Decorah Republican Dec. 15, 1898 P 5 C 2

—The funeral of Mrs. Geo. E. Smith, last Friday, was largely attended and many beautiful floral tokens showed the love and respect felt for her by sorrowing friends. Those who camo from away to attend the funeral were Louis Beitler and wife and J. W. Day, Mt. Hope, Wis., Harry and Geo. Sinks, St. Paul, Miss Noble Dixson, Dubuque, Dr. W. B. Ousley and wife and Manly Ousley, Lime Springs and Mrs. Kate Chamberlin, Frankville.

Phelps Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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