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Hartford Lady Dies At Family Christmas Fete
    Mrs. Henry Webster, 61, Was Fatally Stricken at Daughter’s Home in South Haven

     Stricken with apoplexy while standing with a happy family group about a Christmas tree at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Marian Slentz, at South Haven on Christmas night, Mrs. Melinda Ellen Webster of Hartford, aged 61, wife of Henry Webster, died early Friday morning without regaining consciousness.
     Her sudden illness and death were the tragic ending of Christmas festivities, for which Mr. and Mrs. Webster had gone to the daughter’s home in South Haven. Her body was brought to Hartford early Friday morning and taken to the family home on Linden street.
     Funeral rites for her were held at the Zuver & Calvin chapel Monday forenoon.  Rev. John W. Broxholm officiating, and interment was at Maple Hill.
     Born September 25, 1869, in Arlington township, the daughter of James and Melinda Washburn, pioneer farmers there, Mrs. Webster had spent her entire life in Van Buren county.  Her death on December 26, 1939, made her span of life 61 years, three months and one day. She was one of a family of ten children.  Known to her childhood playmates as Nellie, the name had followed her through life.
     In June, 1887, she was married to Dayton C. Pierson, of Arlington township.  Two children were born to them, Zella E. and Vera Ellen.  Mr. Pierson died February 10, 1893.  On May 5, 1900, she was married to Henry Webster and took up her residence at his farm northeast of Hartford, where they resided until 1913 when the moved to this village.  To this union four daughters were born, Myrtle M., Marian F., Evelyn C. and Mildred L.
     Mrs. Webster’s kindly, cheerful disposition endeared her to family and friends, among whom her death occasioned keenest grief.  She was a member of the local Methodist Episcopal church.
     Surviving are here husband, six daughters, Mrs. Zella H. Holt of Lansing, Mrs. Vera Baker of Oshtemo, Mrs. Myrtle Plastridge of Williamantic, Conn., Mrs. Marian Slentz and Mrs. Evelyn Bennett of South Haven, and Mrs. Mildred at home, besides  four step-children, Frank W. Webster of Hartford, Ora Webster of Dowagiac, Miss Hazel Webster of Benton Harbor, and Leo Webster of South Bend; two sisters, Mrs. Mildren Knapp of Bangor and Mrs. Florence Dell of Paw Paw; two brothers, William and John Washburn of Paw Paw; twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

As published in the Day Spring 12-31-1930.

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