Thursday, November 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 189: Obituary for Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962)

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the obituary for my grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) who died in Leominster, Massachusetts.

The transcription of this obituary is:

"Mrs. Alma B. Seaver

"Mrs. Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver, 80, at 119 Helena street, died yesterday at Leominster Hospital after a long illness.  The widow of Frederick W. Seaver, she was born in Killingly, Conn. and lived here most of her life.  

"She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and was organist there for many years.  A retired organ and music teacher, she had been organist at the First Methodist Church in Fitchburg for 10 years and organist at All Saints Chapel in Whalom for three years.

"She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Marion Baithwaite of Maitland, Fla., Mrs. Evelyn Wood of Seekonk, Mrs. Ruth Fischer of Sterling, and Miss Geraldine Seaver of Newton; two sons, Frederick W. Seaver, Jr. of San Diego, Calif., and Edward R. Seaver of Leominster; two sisters, Mrs. Emily R. Taylor of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Grace R. Moody of Norwood; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

"The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with Rev. Richard A. Hennigar officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

"Calling hours at the Silas F. Richardson and Son Funeral Home will be from 2 to 3:30 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow."

I obtained this newspaper clipping from the Seaver family papers that I obtained from my mother during the 1988 to 2002 time period, and my father had received it from his brother in 1962 after their mother died.  I don't know which newspaper published it, or the date that it was published.

The source citation for this clipping, using the "Family Records, Non-bible (Privately held)" source template in RootsMagic, is:

Alma B. Seaver obituary (newspaper clipping, after 29 June 1962), photocopy privately held by Randall J. Seaver, [address for private use], Chula Vista, Calif., 1988 (grandmother). clipping from Fitchburg or Leominster, Mass. newspaper. provided to Frederick W. Seaver by Edward R. Seaver, and passed to current owner.

I learned some new things about my grandmother from this obituary.  After transcribing it, I copied and pasted it into my database in the Person notes and in the source citation for the obituary.

The URL for this record is:

copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

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