& Published by Joyce M. Tice
Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
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FRANKLIN CENTER CEMETERY (Obituaries)
(Name changed from Christian Church Cemetery)
Franklin Township, Bradford Co., PA
C. DURRAND ALEXANDER. 86, FORMERLY A LONGTIME RESIDENT OF Franklindale, PA. died early Friday morning, March 3, 1995, at the Leader South Nursing Home, Williamsport, Pa. Born July 24, 1908, in Monroe Township, Pa., he was a son of the late Earl and Mertie Jennings Alexander. Mr. Alexander owned and operated the family farm in Franklindale for his entire life, and also served as secretary/treasurer of Franklin Township for over 20 years. He also drove school bus for the Towanda Area School district for over 20 years. He was a 50-year member of Iona Grange No. 272, Franklindale, and a member of the Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative. Surviving are: three sons; Dean F. Alexander of Galion, Ohio, Lee D. Alexander of Macedonia, and Wayne J. Alexander of Montgomery RR 2, Pa.; a daughter, Shirley Mezner of Webster, Mass.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters; Gladys Cole of Burlington and Maude Drislane of Troy; a brother, Claude Alexander of Towanda RR 3; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Cole Alexander, on July 25, 1981; and a son, Lyle Alexander, on Oct. 14, 1994. The funeral and committal service will be held Sunday, March 5, 1995 at 4 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. Interment will be in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township, Pa. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.
LYLE F. ALEXANDER, 59 of Mansfield RR 2 died Friday, Oct. 14, 1994 at the home of his daughter in Cocoa, Fla. Born in Towanda, he was the son of Charles D. and Ella Cole Alexander. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Electric Co. as an electrician for 40 years. He was a member of the Roseville United Methodist Church and a member of ABC-W Amateur Radio Club. Preceding him in death were his mother and one stepson, Rick Wood. Surviving besides his father of Franklindale are his wife, Nancy L. Paull Alexander; one son, Roger S. Alexander of Mansfield; one daughter, Deborah Alexander and husband, Bill Ross of Cocoa, Fla.; three stepsons, Randy Wood of Dover, De., Rodney Wood of Mansfield and Russell Wood of Blossburg; seven step-grandchildren; three brothers, Dean Alexander of Ohio, Lee Alexander of Wysox and Wayne Alexander of Montgomery; one sister, Shirley Mezner of Webster, Mass.; and mother-in-law, Etelka Paull of Dunnellon, Fla. Friends may call at the Scureman Funeral Home, 130 S. Main St., Mansfield on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Services will be held there Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Bellamy officiating. Burial will be made at Christian Church Cemetery (now Franklin Center Cemetery). Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 228 S. Russell Ave., Williamsport, Pa. –McKay Scrapbook
CALVIN JAMES ALLEN, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Allen of Horseheads, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, 1950 at Sayre. Survived by parents, who are former residents of Franklindale, Pa.; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Allen of Franklindale. The body is at Maryott Funeral Home, Towanda. Committal service and burial today at Franklindale (Franklin Center) Cemetery. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/24/1950
ALLEN –DONA ALLEN SLIFE, 65, wife of Leo d. Slife of Sayre, PA died Friday, November 26, 1993 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born June 16, 1928 in Towanda, PA, she was the daughter of the late Henda and Mary Anne Jennings Allen. Mrs. Slife was a graduate of Towanda High School, she was a well known area craftswoman and was employed as a secretary-bookkeeper in the Towanda and Valley areas for many years. She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church and a former member of the Sayre BPW. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Leo D. Slife at home; sons, John A. Slife of Pikeville, KY, Frederick D. Slife of Sayre and William J. Slife of Sayre; sister; Mrs. Carl (Grace A.) Manley of Towanda; seven grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by brothers, Albert A. and Ralph H. Allen; a sister, Sylvia A. Musser. Funeral services were held at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda on November 30 with the Rev. Howard E. Hockenbury, pastor of the Athens United Methodist Church, officiating and interment to be in Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township. Memorials may be directed to Guthrie Home Care, RR4, Box 60-A, Towanda, Pa. in Mrs. Slife’s memory.
EDWARD JOSEPH ALLEN, 73, of Towanda RR3 died Thursday morning, July 22, 1999, at his home. Born Jan. 25, 1926, he was a son of the late Lloyd Dayton and Charlotte Barnes Rockwell Allen. Edward attended West Franklin schools and Towanda High School. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy on the LST 804, in the Pacific. Edward was involved in the battle of Okinawa and surrounding islands. After World War II, he remained in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific, Philippines and China areas until August of 1946. On Sept. 8, 1946, he married the former Sarah Jean Varney at the Powell United Methodist Church. In earlier years, Edward was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda and GLF in Towanda, which later became Agway, as a furnace technician, then retired as manager of the Agway L.P. gas service in 1988 after 36 years of service. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda; Evergreen Lodge No. 163 F&AM, Monroeton; Scottish Rite Valley of Towanda, Williamsport Consistory, 32 Degree; Bradford County Shrine Club; and Irem Temple Shrine Club, Dallas, Pa.; and was a life member of the Bradford County Historical Society. Edward was a devoted husband and loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting junk. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law; Sheila and Douglas Martin of Towanda and Cindi and Stephen Webster of Towanda RR3; grandchildren, James “Jay” and Brooks Martin, Jeffrey A. and Amanda Martin, Joseph B. Martin, Jonathan D. Martin, Jessica Webster Collins and husband David, Chadd A. Webster, Nicholas E. Webster and Mitchell S. Webster; great-grandchildren, Cameron J. Martin, Calla Lynn Martin, Cassie Rae Martin and Shane Christopher Martin; brother and sister-in-law, Harold D. and Edna Allen of Endicott, N.Y.; a close friend, June Ross, and her family; a special niece and her husband, Susan and Greg Yund of Houston, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Varney Allen, on March 30, 1997. The funeral and committal service will be held Monday evening, July 26, 1999, at 7 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. James Donahoo, pastor of the Sayre Christian Church, officiating. Towanda area veterans will accord military honors at the funeral home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township, at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, Bradford county Division, Williamsport, Pa. or to the Towanda Little League, c/o Jan Benton, secretary, PO Box 578, Wysox, Pa. in Mr. Allen’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
FRANK M. ALLEN, 75, OF St. George, Utah, formerly of Canton RD 1, died Monday, Sept. 18, 1987 at his residence in St. George. Mr. Allen was born Oct. 10, 1913 of Franklin Township, Bradford County, Pa., the son of Claude Dayton and Anna Delphine Kelley Allen. Frank and his family, long-time residents of Canton RD 1, moved to Leeds, Utah in 1976. He lived in Leeds for 12 years before moving to St. George, Utah in 1988. Frank was employed as a machinist at the former Belmar Manufacturing Company in Canton and at Masonite Manufacturing Corporation, Wysox. He loved the outdoors and kept a beautifully landscaped home. He loved to tinker and was a builder of anything. Surviving is his wife, the former Dena Margaret Brown. The celebrated 45 years of marriage on Aug. 20, 1989. Also surviving are a son, Howard Dayton Allen of St. George, Utah; two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Max (Ruth) Rice of Kirkwood, N.Y.; Mrs. Bessie Foster of Elmira Heights, N.Y.; and Mrs. Grace Smith of Wysox. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Spilsbury-Desert Rose Memorial Chapel, 58 North 100 East in St. George, Utah. Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 22, from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 49 N. Center St., Canton from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A graveside memorial and committal service will be conducted in the Franklin Center Cemetery on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Melvin Good, Mennonite pastor officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Pat VanDyke, Dean Bedford, Jack Bedford, Gary Griffin, Arthur Harkness and Scott Shedden. –Towanda Daily Review.
HAROLD D. ALLEN, 75, AND EDNA S. ALLEN, 76, both of Endicott, N.Y., died at their residence Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, unexpectedly, shy of their 54th wedding anniversary. They are survived by their daughter and son in law Susan and Greg Yund of Houston, Texas; four ver close nieces Shelia and (Dough) Martin, Cindi an (Steve) Webster, Paula and (Bill) Shaw and Bonnie Brugone; also many close friends and neighbors. Harold was co-owner and operator of Tri Cities Auto-Electric in Endicott, for many years, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1977, Endicott. Edna was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Ideal Senior Living Center and was a member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1977, Endicott Women’s Auxiliary. Memorial Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main St., Endicott, with the Reverend Kenneth Wood, Pastor of Central United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin Center, Pa. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Flowers and or donations may be made in their memory to Meals on Wheels of Western Broome, 705 West Main Street, Endicott, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review.
HOWARD ALLEN, 67, of West Franklin, Pa. Monday, June 24, 1957. He was a member of Towanda Valley Grange. Survived by wife, Mrs. Bertha Allen; daughters, Mrs. John Knapp of Syracuse and Mrs. Raymond Anderson of Granville Summit, RD; nine grandchildren. Body at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, where friends may call and where services will be held today at 2 p.m. the Rev. Owen Barrett. Christian Church Cemetery, Franklindale. –Elmira Advertiser 6/26/1957
ALLEN - Ruby Anderson Bailey slipped quietly away Sept. 2, 2009, at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla. She was born Nov. 2, 1923, to Howard and Bertha Allen in West Franklin, Pa. In 1939, she married Raymond Anderson and they began raising their family of five children on a farm in Granville Summit, Pa. She had a tremendous work ethic, being a farmer's wife and simultaneously working in many factories until finally settling in at Sylvania Electric where she completed more than 25 years of service. After the passing of Raymond, she married Harry Bailey, retired and moved to Florida. They enjoyed many years of an easier life traveling, camping and taking part in VFW activities. Throughout her life, Ruby collected a multitude of family and friends, which she considered to be "the finer things in life." In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: a sister, Marion KNAPP; her first husband, Raymond Anderson; her second husband, Harry "Bill" Bailey; sons James Anderson and Robert Anderson; daughter Raeann Schaad; and a son-in-law, Jack Sick. She is survived by: her daughters Mary Fedorchak and husband John, and Nancy Sick; a daughter-in-law, Janice Kellogg; step-sons Harry Bailey Jr. and Tim Bailey and wife Betty; step-daughter Sherry Donovan; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Burial of cremated remains will be at the Franklin Center Cemetery in West Franklin, Pa., with a memorial service at the convenience of the family. 05 Sept. 2009, Towanda Daily Review.
RUTH FRANCIS ALLEN
d. 26 Nov 1994 -
b. 2 May 1915 West Franklin Township, PA ; born at home to Anna Delphine Kelly Allen and Claude Dayton Allen. Lived in West Franklin; school in West Franklin for four years. Fifth grade through 8th in Franklin Center then to Towanda High Schoool in 1934.When Ruth was six, Claude took her and Bessie, went to Bloomsburg and mined coal. When Ruth was eight (1923) the family traveled the pipeline in the Poconos to Nazareth, PA. Ruth's parents put up tents, kept 22 boarders, and fed them. They also lived in abandoned houses. In the Depression of (1919 to 1945) food was rationed. Aunt Kathryn lived with them in Towanda, and on the farm in Franklin. Bessie lived with them in High School for five to six years (1935 to 1938) until she married in 1938. Frank lived with them while Bessie was there. Fred and Harold also lived with them in Towanda. Lawrence and Barbara also lived with them in Norwich on 14 Baldwin Street. Ruth met Max Albert Rice at a dance at McCarthy's Dance Hall in North Towanda and married 15 Feb 1934 (NOTE: differs from Max's version!). Ruth was living in Powell, PA at the date of marriage and was married in the parsonage of Richard F. Wentz, Minister. Ruth and Max lived in Towanda working in the silk mill for two years. First child 15 April 1937 (Robert LaVerne Rice) delivered @ Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Liked the sound of his name. 8 lbs 15 oz. Ruth quit her job and continued living in West Franklin in the same house as Ruth was brought up in . A male child was born dead at six months , feet first, on 15 Sept 1938 at Sayre Hospital. Again in 1939, another male child was born dead. Ruth and Max moved to Towanda and then back to Franklin and then moved to Norwich, NY in 1939 working at the knitting mill. They lived on Maydole Street, then to King Street and then to 18 Baldwin Street. They moved to the farm in Preston, PA in 1949. Margaret Ann Rice was born 19 July 1945 (5 lbs 2 oz.) in Norwich General Hospital. Ruth went into labor at 11 pm and Peggy was born the next day at noon. Margaret was nicknamed "Peggy" because Ruth liked it. The family moved to the farm near Preston, PA in winter (March or April) buying 50 head of cattle and adding more (10-15 first calf heifers). These belonged to Wanda Rice. Later Harold Rice wanted out of the farm investment and he was bought out by 1950. The family lived on the farm for 11 years. Ruth had another baby boy in 1954 which also died at birth. Ruth and Max sold the farm in 1959 and moved to Binghamton because of Max's work on the railroad. They lived on Milford Street for eigtht months and then moved to Riverside near the state line on the west side of US Route 11 and lived there for 30 plus years. Ruth worked at the Victory Chain grocery store in Conklin, NY for about 15 years. Ruth's best friends while growing up in grade school were Pete Baxter, Jukes Rockwell, Margaret Brown. In High School her best friend was Marie Aly(?). Best Friends during married life were Snyders(?), Ruth Dixson, Rose Mariano, Rose Schibeci, Ella Mae Scripture. Ruth worked in the Conklin, NY Victory Market for 17 year. The worst storm she saw was Hurrican Hazel and the bad snow storms while on the farm. Ruth's life was healthy even though she started smoking in 1939 and quit in 1973. Ruth and Max took a trip in 1965 out west with Harry and Bee (Ruth's sister) Smith. In 1976 went out west with Harry and Theola (Bea was deceased). Also visited East Lansing, MI while son Bob was @ college. Ruth and Max went to Nassau for their 50th wedding anniversary. They made several trips to Florida and went to Rochester, Minn. to visit Frank and Vera Wroble. They also went to Maine and to Canada as well as to Mayo Clinic in Minn. when Max had eyelid closure problems. Ruth's favorites were color: aqua; stores K-Mart; flowers Roses; meat Chicken breasts; fruit Pears; vegetables Carrots; restaurants Ponderosa. Ruth wore size 8 shoes, dress size 12, best drink coffee; favorite book Readers Digest; music Country; favorite activity bowling and golf and was a member of the Methodist Church at least from 1945 to her death. Ruth first wanted to be cremated but changed mind later. She died of small cell cancer located in the brain, collapsing at her Kirkwood home with her final hours being at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. Her funeral viewing was at Chase Funeral Home with burial in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township, Bradford County, PA.
ALLEN - SYLVIA ALLEN MUSSER
Sylvia Allen Musser, 79, Brigham City, Utah, died Friday, July 5, 1991 in Brigham City. Born April 29, 1912 in Laquin, PA, she was the daughter of the late Henda and Mary Anne Jennings Allen. Mrs. Musser was a graduate of Towanda High School and was employed at the Bradford County Courthouse for 16 years. For the past 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. Musser made their home in Utah. Mr. Musser is survived by her husband, Alson B. Musser at home; sisters, Mrs. Carl (Grace) Manley and Mrs. Leo (Dona) Slife of Sayre RD 2; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by two brothers, Albert and Ralph Allen. Funeral services were held July 10 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with the Rev. Larry Lutz of the North Towanda United Methodist Church officiating and interment to be in Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklindale. (TGR, Thursday, July 11, 1991)
ALLEN Thelma M. Allen Arthur
75, widow of Joseph G. "Tony" Arthur of 127 Arthur Lane, Monroeton, Franklin Twp., Pa., died Wednesday morning, Nov. 3, 2010, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born Nov. 20, 1934, in Towanda, Pa. she was the daughter of the late Clifton Allen and Edith Gay Allen. Thelma was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1952. On Aug. 2, 1952, she married Joseph G. "Tony" Arthur at the SS Peter and Paul Church Rectory in Towanda. In earlier years, Thelma was employed by GTE Sylvania and E.I. DuPont in Towanda, the Standing Stone Garment Company and by Paper Magic in Canton, Pa. Thelma and Tony enjoyed traveling with their motor home, camping and taking fishing trips to Canada. Thelma was a member of the Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 Auxiliary, Towanda Gun Club and the Franklindale Fire Company Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting in her leisure time. She is survived by: children, Monica L. Benjamin and her husband Jeffery of West Burlington, Pa., Colleen B. Yoder and her husband Calvin of Franklindale, Pa., Tonia K. Holmes and her husband Richard of Canton, Pa., Joseph L. Arthur of Franklindale, Pa., and Terry S. Arthur and James Bennett of Franklindale, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, Jackson, Letitia, Athena, Joshua, Gary, Nicole, Derek, Aaron, Anthony, Jessica and Austin; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law Harold and Doris Allen of Franklindale, Pa.; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 56 years, Tony, on July 23, 2008, her brother, Hubert Allen, and by a close family friend, Diane Perry. The funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with the Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. Interment will be in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Twp., Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service Saturday morning at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the , Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 117 South 17th St., Suite 1905, Philadelphia, PA 19103, in Thelma's memory. Towanda Daily Review - November 4, 2010
ANDERSON –RAEANN LYNN SCHAAD, 44, Towanda died Dec. 23, 2005, at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. Born January 4, 1961 in Troy, she was the daughter of Ruby Allen Anderson Bailey and the late Raymond Anderson. Raeann was a graduate of Troy High School. She loved animals and working in her garden. Surviving are her mother, Ruby Anderson Bailey; sisters, Mary Fedorchak, and husband, John of St. Simons, GA; and Nancy Sick, Canton; sister-in-law, Rose Christman; step-daughter, Wendy Schaad; several nieces, nephews and cousins; her faithful dog, “Thunder.” She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Schaad, in 2003 and her brothers, James Anderson and Robert Anderson. Private funeral services were held at the convenience of the family. Interment was in the Franklin Center Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda. The family suggest memorials be made to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA in Mrs. Schaad’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
ARTHUR Joseph G. "Tony" Arthur
75, of Monroeton RR 1, Franklin Township, Pa., died Wednesday evening, July 23, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. Born June 29, 1933, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late Wales Arthur and Effie Grogeski Arthur. Tony, as he was known by his family and friends, was a graduate of Towanda High School Class of 1952. On Aug. 2, 1952, he married the former Thelma Allen at the SS Peter and Paul Church Rectory in Towanda, Pa. He was employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda from 1954 until his retirement in 1991. Tony was a life member of the Towanda Gun Club and was a 30-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191 in Towanda. Tony was an avid fan of Penn State Football. Tony and Thelma enjoyed traveling with their motor home, camping and taking fishing trips to Canada. He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Thelma Arthur, at home; five children, Monica L. Benjamin and her husband, Jeffery, of West Burlington, Pa., Colleen B. Yoder and her husband, Calvin, of Franklindale, Pa., Tonia K. Holmes and her husband, Richard, of Canton, Pa., Joseph L. Arthur of Franklindale, and Terry S. Arthur, at home; 11 grandchildren, Jackson, Letitia, Athena, Joshua, Gary, Nicole, Derek, Aaron, Anthony, Jessica and Austin; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a close family friend, Diane Perry. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Thomas Blackall officiating. Interment will be in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Towanda Elks Lodge will hold a memorial service at 11:45 a.m. on Monday. at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Dialysis Unit of the Guthrie Clinic, Guthrie Square, Sayre, Pa. 18840, in Joseph G. "Tony" Arthur's memory. Submitted by RKW. Towanda Daily Review.
BACON, GERALD ARTHUR, Gerald Arthur Bacon, 59, of Monroe Township, PA died April 11, 1987 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Born May 11, 1927 in Towanda, he was the son of Arthur and Alta Young Bacon. Upon graduation from Troy High School in 1946, he was hired as a secretary for the Troy Engine and Machine Company. Most of his life, however, was spent in teaching at Northeast Bradford School District until forced by illness to retire in 1981. Surviving are is wife, Janet Long Bacon; son, Todd N. Bacon, at home; his mother and one brother; very special cousin, Darleen Hillyard, Columbia Cross Roads; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services were held April 14 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home in Towanda with Rev. William H. Wassell and Rev. Michael Stine officiating and interment to be in Christian Church Cemetery in Franklindale. Memorials may be directed to the National Hemophilia Association, 110 Greene St., Room 406, N.Y., N.Y. 10012 in his memory. (TGR April 16, 1987)
DAVID P. BAILEY age 23 of Towanda RD 3, Saturday morning, October 25, 1975 as a result of an automobile accident. No calling hours. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. Interment in Christian Church Cemetery (now Franklin Center Cemetery), Franklindale. Survived by wife, Kathy; two children, Steve and Aaron, both at home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bailey; brothers, Harry, Jr., Timothy, Kenneth all of Monroeton, Pa. RD; sister, Sherry Bailey of Towanda RD 5; paternal grandmother, Claribell Smith of Canton, Pa. RD 1; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Brenton Bailey of Granville Summit; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was an employee of Cummings Lumber Co., Troy, Pa. –Elmira Star-Gazette 10/26/1975
BAILEY - ALLEN
Virginia Age 90, of Canton, PA, died January 16, 2006 at the Bradford County Manor. Born December 9, 1915 in Monroe Twp., a daughter of Asa and Myrtle (Camp) Bailey. Virginia worked at Rineveld Wreath Company in New Albany, PA. Later, she was employed as a nursing assistant at the Bradford County Manor. Virginia and late husband, Phil, enjoyed their winter home in Brookville, FL. She was a member of Canton's Calvary Alliance Chapel and also enjoyed attending the Burlington United Methodist Church. She loved her family and enjoyed gardening, flowers, crocheting and yard sales. Surviving are her children, Iona (Darwin) Slater of Burlington, Shelby (Dale) Krise of Canton, Llewellyn (Eleanor) Brown of Gillett; ten grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Virginia was predeceased by Phillip Allen, her husband of 27 years. Private services will be held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, PA. Interment will be in Franklin Center Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer Association's N.E. Penna. Chapter at Kirby Health Center, 71 North Franklin St., Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
BAILEY –VIRGINIA ALLEN, 90, Canton was called home to her Lord, January 16, 2006 from the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township. Born in Monroe Township December 9, 1915 she was the daughter of the late Asa and Myrtle (Camp) Bailey. In earlier years, she worked at the Rineveld Wreath Company in New Albany, PA. She later was employed as a nursing assistant at the Bradford County Manor. She and her late husband Phillip were able to enjoy their winter home in Brookville, FL for over 20 years. Here faith in her Lord guided her life. She was a member of Canton’s Calvary Alliance Chapel and also enjoyed attending the Burlington United Methodist Church. Above all she loved her family and their times together. She enjoyed many hobbies, especially gardening, flowers, crocheting and yard sales. Surviving are her children; Iona (Darwin) Slater, Burlington, Shelby (Dale) Krise, Canton, Llewellyn (Eleanor) Brown, Gillett; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Phillip Allen, her devoted husband of 27 years, March 18, 2004. In keeping with Mrs. Allen’s wishes, funeral services will be private with Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Center Cemetery. Her family suggests that those who wish may make memorials in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, N.E. Penn Chapter at Kirby Health Center, 71 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Pepper Funeral home of Canton is in care of arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
BAKER –BETTY BAKER MORSE, 69, wife of Richard A. Morse Sr. of Taylor Hill, Rome RR 1, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Born March 3, 19335, in Wysox, she was one of eight children of the late Orrin Baker and Clara May Baker. On Sept 2, 1951, Betty married Richard A. Morse at the Franklindale Christian Church in Franklindale. She possessed great love for her home and family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Betty served as a Stanley Home Products Distributor in the area for many years. She was a member of the Windham Summit Union Church. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Richard A. Morse Sr., at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard A. Morse Jr. and Esther Morse of Ulster RR 1, Kevin D. Morse and Valerie Morse of Rome RR1, and Eric T. Morse and Pamela Morse of Rome RR1; eight grandchildren, Jeremy, Stacy, Angelica, Joshua, Ryan, Tyler, Samantha and Eric Jr.; her brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Mary Baker of Woodside, Towanda RR4; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Baker of Camptown, Evelyn Baker of Wysox and Doris Baker of Towanda; brother-in-law Elmer Comstock of Ulster RR1; special friends Irene Baker of Easton, Pa. and Mae Welker of North Towanda; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by two infant sons, Michael and David Morse; four brothers, Donald, Harold, Arthur and George Baker; two sisters, Kathryn Comstock and Anna Burns. The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home at 217 York Ave. in Towanda. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Donald J. Matson of the Glendale Baptist Church in Endicott, N.Y., officiating. Interment will follow in the Franklin Center Cemetery in Franklin Township. Friends who wish may direct contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association. –Towanda Daily Revie
BARTON - James R. "Jim" Barton 79, of Towanda RR 2, Asylum Twp., Pa. formerly of Monroeton, Pa. diedpeacefully early Tuesday morning March 3, 2009 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Memorial Hospital, N. Towanda Twp., Pa. Born February 27, 1930 in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of the late Charles B. Barton and Lois B. Coffman Barton. "Jim," as he was known by his family and friends, was a graduate of Altoona High School, Altoona, Pa. Following graduation from high school, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for 3 years. In early years, Jim was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, E.I. DuPont in Wilmington, Del., and by W.R. Grace in Altoona, Pa. He was later employed by GTE Sylvania in Towanda for 26 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the McCabe Methodist Church in Delaware, the Monroeton United Methodist Church, Towanda American Legion Post No. 42, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 2191, Towanda, Evergreen Lodge No. 163 F. & A.M., Monroeton, and was a proud member of the Penn York Detachment of the Marine Corps League. He enjoyed participating in shooting competition with the Penn York Detachment Marine Corps Rifle Team, fishing, camping, music and singing. Jim also enjoyed being involved in local minstrel shows and singing with the One More Tyme Singers. Surviving are: His loving and devoted Wife, Beverly F. Dixon Barton at home; Children, James "Rick" Barton of Pittsburgh, Pa., Robin Kneller of East Troy, Pa., Mike Barton and his wife Denise of Morehead City, NC, Mark Barton and his wife Sally of Monroeton, Pa., Laurie Washington and her husband Ulysses of Wilmington, Del.; step-children, Lisa Brown and her husband Rick of Towanda RR 2, Scott Shaw and his wife Debbie of Horseheads, N.Y., Mark Shaw and his wife Reva, of Monroeton, Pa.; many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; A Sister, Judy B. Scott of Springdale, Ak.; A Brother, Phillip L. Barton of Middletown, Del.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles A. Barton, Samuel V. Barton and Bruce Barton; son-in-law, Sam Kneller; and brother-in-law, Daryl R. Scott. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Daniel Jordan, pastor of the Monroeton United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Twp., Pa. with the Penn York Detachment of the Marine Corps League according full military honors. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Monroeton United Methodist Church, PO Box 3, Monroeton, Pa. 18832, in James R. Barton's memory. RHW. Towanda Daily Review 4 Feb., 2009.
EDWARD L. BAYER, 57, of Towanda (Asylum Tow. And formerly of Troy, Pa., died on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Ed was born in East Stroudsburg, Pa., on June 28, 1947. After his high school graduation, Ed proudly served during the Vietnam War on the Navy’s USS Yorktown. Later he was employed as a truck driver until his declining health no longer permitted him to continue. He was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter who also loved to ride 4-wheelers. Mr. Bayer is survived by special friends Beverly Dunn of Towanda, Pa.; Gary and Shirley Ritz of Troy, Pa.; and his dog and faithful companion “Bailey.” In keeping with Ed’s wishers, there will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the Franklin Center Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. Full military honors will be accorded by the Towanda American Legion. Those wishing may direct memorials in Mr. Bayer’s name to The Ronald McDonald House, 635 Lexington St., Baltimore, Md. Arrangements are in the care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
LLOYD STEVENS BOVIER of the Bridges at Bent Creek, Mechanicsburg, Pa.,
died on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006. He was 95. Born in West Franklin,
Pa., on Dec. 3, 1910, he was the second son of the late Fred and Inez (Stevens)
Bovier. Bradford County remained the home of his heart no matter where he
lived. A graduate of Canton High School, he received further education in
chemistry at the Mechanics Institute in Rochester, N.Y., (now Rochester
Institute of Technology) and Penn State University. Through the years he worked
for Hooker Electrochemical Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Niagara Falls, N.Y.,
and Transelco and Pertexulate in Pen Yan, N.Y. Working as a salesman was an
excellent choice for a very positive person who enjoyed knowing and helping
people. Other loves included gardening, wine making, reading and puzzle solving.
He was the widower of Winifred Cook Bovier, his wife of 62 years. He is
survived by his children, Catharine B. (David) Petko of Mechanicsburg, Irene S.
“Cookie” Bovier of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Frederick L. (Corrie) Bovier of
Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren, Stephen Jeffrey, Glenn Thomas and
Craig Edward Petko; and two great-grandchildren, Megan Kay and Jason Patrick
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, at Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township. There will be a viewing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review
MAX BOVIER, 64, of Monroeton RD 1, died March 8, 1982 at the Towanda Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit. Mr. Bovier was born August 14, 1917 in West Franklin, a son Fred and Inez Stevens Bovier. He was a retired farmer and former owner of the West Franklin General Store. He was a member of the former West Franklin Methodist Church and the Towanda Valley Grange. He is survived by a daughter, Elaine Bedford of Canton RD 1; a son, G. William Bovier of Peru, Indiana; four-grandchildren; one great-grandson; three brothers, Ralph Bovier of Marco Island, Florida, Lloyd Bovier of Penn Yan, New York, Paul Bovier of Tucson, Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton. The Reverend Mercy Kassambira pastor of the East Canton Methodist Church will be officiating. Interment will be in the Christian Church Cemetery in Franklin Township. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
BUNYAN –MADALINE (BUNYAN) SPENCER, 89 of Canton, Pa. died Thursday, Oct. 12, 1995 at the Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Mrs. Spencer was the wife of the late Myles VanFleet Spencer for 72 years who died on March 6, 1995. She was born on Dec. 24, 1905 in Granville Township, Bradford County, Pa., a daughter of the late Miles and Matilda (Morse) Bunyan. She was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362. Madaline is survived by six sons and daughter-in-law; Myles A. and Evelyn Spencer, Honeybrook, Pa., Edward B. and Beverly Spencer of Washington, N.Y., Jay P. “Jake” Spencer of Franklindale, Pa., Robert M. and Lynne Spencer of Spencerport, N.Y., Henry M. and Donna Spencer, Hilton, N.Y. and Joe W. and Janice Spencer of Webster, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon M. Spencer. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the East Canton United Methodist Church, East Canton from 1 to 2 p.m. with a memorial service to be held at 2 p.m. The Rev. Jeffrey Patton and Ruby Harkness will conduct the service. Interment will be in Franklin Center Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials for Mrs. Spencer be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 38, Canton, Pa. or to the East Canton United Methodist Church Memorial fund. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 North Center St., Canton. –Towanda Daily Review
CHAPMAN –ELEANOR JENNINGS, 76, of troy, Pa., died on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. She was born Dec. 20, 1927 in Powell, Pa., the daughter of Ralph and Lavina Chapman. She was a member of the Sugar Creek Parish and West Burlington Grange. Eleanor enjoyed cooking which she shared by cooking for the residents of the Bradford County Manor. In addition to her mother, Eleanor is survived by her children; Harry Jennings of Tampa, Fla., and Evelyn and Dan Updike of Hamlin, N.Y., four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth and Jane Chapman, John and Mary Jane Chapman, Victor and Pat Chapman, all of Columbia Cross Roads, and Dean and Beverly Chapman of Cobleskill, N.Y., sister, Joyce and Dick Bradford of Mainesburg. Her husband, Raymond Jennings, who died in 1986, and her sisters, Louise Weed and Cleota “Coty” Furman, preceded Eleanor in death. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa., on Friday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The funeral service will follow immediately at 12 noon at the funeral home with Rev. Francis Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Franklin Center Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
CHILSON - Doris Porter, 72, longtime Canton-area resident, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, 2006, at the Dar-way Nursing Home in Estella, Pa. Born on April 6, 1934, in Canton, Pa., Doris Jean was the daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Mayo) Chilson. She was a 1952 graduate of Canton High School and enjoyed playing basketball. In addition to being a devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker, Doris possessed a strong work ethic all her life. She was an active part of the family's Union Township dairy farm and a knowledgeable cattleman. Doris also was an avid hunter and sports fan. She especially enjoyed showing her prize-winning registered Holsteins. Surviving are her two children, Diane (George) Cashell of Shippensburg and Denny (Mary Ann) Porter of Canton; five Grandchildren, Teresa (Jon) Brackman of West LeRoy, Shane Porter of New Jersey, Trisha McIlwain of Shippensburg, Lindsay Porter of Canton and Jordy McIlwain of Morris; two great-grandchildren, Katie Sue Porter and Hunter Brackman; a brother, Paul (Hazel) Chilson of Arnot; a sister-in-law; Barb Chilson of Canton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Doris was preceded in death by a brother, Max Chilson. In keeping with Doris' wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private family graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at the Franklindale Cemetery with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests your consideration of a memorial to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa. 18848, in Doris's memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. - Daily & Sunday Review, Towanda PA, Nov. 9, 2006
HARRY F. CHILSON, SR., 78, of Towanda RD 2, Asylum Twp., died Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3, 1988, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. Born July 4, 1910, he was son of John and Hattie Molyneaux Chilson. On Jan. 9, 1932, he married the former Irene M. Jennings. In earlier years Mr. Chilson was employed by the LeHigh Valley Railroad in Sayre, the Bendix Corp. in Montrose, and also was associated with the late Robert Clancy as an electrician in Towanda. He owned and operated Chilson’s Sunoco Station and general Store in Macedonia for many years until failing health forced his retirement. He is survived by his wife Irene: a daughter, Mrs. Gerald F. (Beverly) Dunn, Towanda RD2; five sons: Harry Chilson Jr., Towanda RD5; Francis L. Chilson, South New Jersey; LeRoy E. Chilson, Towanda; James A. Chilson, New Jersey; Richard E. Chilson, Towanda RD2; 21 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Elvyn Chilson, Binghamton; a sister, Mrs. Rena Curtis, Towanda RD2; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a grandson Daniel Patrick Chilson; a great-grandson, Christopher L. Spencer, a sister Maude Chilson. The family will receive friends this evening 7-9 at the Maryott-Bowen funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. The funeral service will be held Sat. at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Thomas A. Geiger officiating. Interment will be in Franklin Center Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
MELVIN B. CHILSON, age 80, of Canton and former resident of Burlington died early Saturday morning, January 19, 1980, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. He had been a patient there since January 14, 1980. Mr. Chilson was born June 3, 1899 in Asylum Township, the son of Leonard and Elizabeth Crane Chilson. In his early years he was employed by the Barclay Coal Mine Company and later operated his own coal mine in Barclay. He was later employed by the Endicott-Johnson Tannery in Endicott, N.Y. Mr. Chilson retired in July of 1964 and moved to Burlington to make his home. He was a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was active in many callings of the church and was ordained a High Priest recently. He was an honorary member of the Protective Hose Company N. 1 of West Corners, Endicott, N.Y. On May 8, 1919 he married Nellie A. Anderson. She predeceased him on November 7, 1977. On August 4, 1978 he married Amelia Andrus of Canton. Surviving age his wife, Amelia Chilson; a son, Harold L. Chilson, Endicott, N.Y.; two brothers Arthur Chilson, Burlington and Samuel Chilson, Covington; a sister, Mrs. Bono (Orpha) VanNoy, West Burlington; a step-sister, Mrs. Pearle Wheeler, Powell; six grandchildren, three great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, also numerous nieces, nephews and several cousins. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Towanda, with Bishop DeVon Griffiths officiating. Burial was in the Christian Church Cemetery, Franklindale. –Towanda Daily Review.
COOK –WINIFRED COOK BOVIER, of 13 Spruce Acres, Penn Yan, N.Y., died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Bovier was born June 21, 1913, in Rochester, N.Y., and was the daughter of Frederick and Pearl Merchant Cook. She was a graduate of West High School and Rochester Business Institute. She then became a professional bookkeeper with various businesses in Rochester. On March 27, 1937, she was married to Lloyd Bovier and lived in Hammond, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio, Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Penn Yan, N.Y. In Penn Yan she worked for Barden and Robson, Gardner-Henderson Ford, and Beaumont and Stork. She was active with the Keuka Arts Council, PYTCO and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Lloyd S. Bovier; children, Catharine B. Petko and husband, David, of Mechanicsburg, Pa. Irene S. “Cookie” Bovier of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Frederick L. Bovier and wife, Corrie, of Silver Spring, Md.; three grandchildren, Stephen J., Glenn T. and Craig E. Petko; two great-grandchildren, Megan K. Petko and Jason P. Petko. Friends may call at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Husted, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Center Cemetery, West Franklin, Pa., at 2 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. –Towanda Daily Review.
CRAYTON –BLANCHE CRAYTON ELLIOTT READ of Lake Mary, Fla. formerly of Towanda, Pa. died peacefully on June 12, 2007. She was 94. Born the daughter of the late William H. Crayton and Clara Compton Crayton, Blanche grew up in the West Franklin area with two sisters and three brothers. A graduate of Towanda High School, she also attended Mansfield State Teachers College. She married William Elliott of Towanda and raised a daughter, Martha, in Towanda. Employed by the former Evans & Chaffee clothing store for a number of years, she was also active in the Eastern Star, her church and her community. Upon retirement, Blanche and her husband William moved to Florida to be near her daughter. Later, after the death of her first husband, Blanche married a second time to Robert Reed of Lake Mary, Fla. Blanche was predeceased by her first husband, William Elliott; her second husband, Robert Reed; by her sisters, Adeline Crayton Stone of Leroy, Pa., and Flora Crayton O'Connell of West Franklin, Pa. and by her brothers, William H. Crayton, Jr., of Montrose, Pa., Arthur Crayton of West Franklin, Pa. and Albert Crayton of West Franklin, Pa. She is survived by her daughter Martha Elliott Faulkner and son-in-law Vince Faulkner of Winter Park, Fla.; her grandsons William Faulkner and Michael Faulkner; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Private services are planned in Florida. Interment will be at Franklin Center Cemetery, outside of Monroeton, Pa. Arrangements are entrusted to Brisson Funeral Home, Sanford, Fla. –Towanda Daily Review 6/14/2007
CRAYTON - Flora Crayton O'Connell
Died: Thursday, October 25, 2001
Wyalusing Rocket Courier
Flora Crayton O'Connell, 93, widow of Cornelius C. "Con" O'Connell and well-known teacher, formerly of Monroeton RR1, Franklin Twp., PA, died on Thursday evening, Oct. 25, 2001 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda after a brief illness. Born Sept. 27, 1908 in West Franklin, she was a daughter of the late William H. Crayton, Sr. and Clara Compton Crayton. After graduation from Mansfield State Normal School, Flora became a teacher and taught for over 45 years. Starting in one-room country schools, she became principal of the Powell School, and retired from teaching at the Towanda Middle School as remedial reading teacher. In Oct. of 1937, Flora married Cornelius C. O'Connell. Mr. and Mrs. O'Connell then purchased the former Harry Smith farm in West Franklin, which they operated for many years. Flora was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Towanda, was active in the Grange and served as secretary-treasurer of the Franklin Center Cemetery Association for many years. She possessed a great love of gardening. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Blanche Reed of Sanford, FL; a sister-in-law, Mrs. William (Irene Elliott) Crayton, Jr. of Montrose; nephews, Joel and Wayne Crayton, both of Montrose, James Crayton of Monroeton, Arthur Crayton, Jr. of Manlius, NY, Lee and Lynn Crayton, both of Monroeton, Lawrence Stone of Canton, Carlyle Stone of Wysox, Leslie Stone of North Carolina; nieces, Janet Stone of Towanda, Barbara Garrison of Millerton, Joann Hauser of Ulysses; numerous great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Cornelius O'Connell on June 19, 1985; three brothers, William H. Crayton, Jr., twin brothers Albert and Arthur Crayton and a sister, Adeline Crayton Stone. Special remembrances to a devoted caretaker, niece Dorothy Stone and thanks to the many formers students who remembered and visited Flora as a resident of the Wyalusing Valley Personal Care Home where she had resided the past five years. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Memorial Hospital for their care in her final illness. The family received friends on Sunday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Third St., Towanda, with the Rev. Ronald Hughes as celebrant. Interment followed in the Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 106 Third St., Towanda; to the Towanda Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Drive, Towanda, PA or to the Towanda Area School System for the benefit of the Reading Program, North Fourth St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Mrs. O'Connell's memory.
WILLIAM H. CRAYTON, JR., 74 of Montrose RR 1 (Lake Raylean) died peacefully in his sleep June 30, 1995 after a brave battle with cancer. Born in 1921 to William H. and Clara Compton Crayton Sr. in West Franklin, Pa., he retired in 1981 after 40 years with Penelec. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force and in World War II as a bombardier in Australia, obtaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was a member of the Union Lodge No. F. & A.M. of Towanda and was a former president of the Lions clubs in Towanda and Montrose. He belonged to the Ayres-Stone Post No. 5642 V.F.W. Montrose and was a devoted member of the Heart Lake United Methodist Church serving as a board member for many years. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Irene Elliott Crayton; two sons, Wayne E. Crayton of New Milford RR and Joel B. Crayton of Towanda; a grandson, Jason of New Milford RR; also two brothers, Arthur and Albert Crayton of Monroeton RR; and two sisters, Flora O’Connell of Monroeton RR and Blanche Reed of Lake Mary, Fla.; also several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a number of very special friends and neighbors, both in this area and in Myrtle Beach, S.C. where he spent his winters. He was predeceased by a sister, Adaline Stone from Canton. The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Heart Lake United Methodist Church in care of Mrs. Margaret Rodgers, RR 1, Box 108, Montrose, Pa. or the American Cancer Society, Hospice or a charity of one’s choice. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Philip L. Donahue Funeral Home, 64 South Main St., Montrose, Pa. with the Rev. James Valentine officiating. Friends may call from noon until the service time at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review (Buried Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Twp., PA)
EDNA M. CROFUT, 86, of Towanda RD 4, Monroe Township, formerly of Franklindale, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1986 at the Bradford County Manor. Born Dec. 11, 1899 in Franklin Township, she was the daughter of U. Grant and M. Emma Roof Crofut. Edna made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cook in Monroe Township for the past 20 years. She was a member of the Franklindale Christian Church and was a former member of the Iona Grange and the P. O. of A. in Franklindale. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ethel Williams and a nephew, Rodney Williams, both of Liberty Corners; two great-nephews, one great-niece; several cousins. The funeral and committal service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Larry Adee, pastor of the Franklindale Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in the Christian Church Cemetery, Franklindale. Te family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Friday afternoon at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.
CROFUT –ETHEL C. WILLIAMS, 95, widow of Ralph D. Williams of Liberty
Corners, Towanda RR 4, died Saturday morning, Jan. 4, 1997, at the Dar-Way
Nursing Home in Elkland Township, Pa. Born Aug. 15, 1901, in Franklin
Township, Pa., she was a daughter of the late U. Grand and M. Emma Roof
Crofut. Mrs. Williams was employed by Sylvania Electric in Towanda during
World War II and was later employed by the Rynveld Wreath Co. in New Albany for
many years. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, G. Rodney and Mary
Williams of Liberty Corners; grandchildren: Donald K. and Juanita Williams of
Liberty Corners, Wayne R. Williams and Marlene and Charles Mosier of Liberty
Corners; a granddaughter-in-law, Lynn Williams of Liberty Corners;
great-grandchildren Wayne Williams Jr., Scot Williams, Sharon Mosier and Scot
Mosier; and several cousins. She was preceded in death her husband Ralph
D. Williams, on June 30, 1975 and by a sister, Edna Crofut on Feb. 12,
1986. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997 at 2 p.m. at
the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda with Pastor Michelle
Summerville of the Liberty Corners United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will follow in Franklin Center Cemetery, Franklin Township, Pa.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service Tuesday
afternoon at the funeral home. –Towanda Daily Review.