Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Mrs. Thomas Shell

   Beatrice, wife of Thomas Shell, passed away Wednesday morning, April 4, 1923, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clayton Southwell.

   She was born in Holdimond county, Ontario, Jan. 16, 1859, and had attained the age of 64 years, 2 months and 19 days. She left Canada at the age of three years with her parents to make her home in Sanilac county, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Thos. Shell, Sept. 27, 1879. To this union were born 12 children, four of whom died in infancy. In the fall of 1886, she with her husband and three children moved to Gladwin county, where she thereafter made her home. During a revival held at Hockaday by William Marvin she gave her heart to God and lived a consistent Christian life to the end. She was always of a cheerful disposition and was a friend to everyone with whom she came in contact. Her husband has lost a devoted wife and the family a kind and loving mother, but what is our loss is her eternal gain, for God saw fit to call her home where her suffering and toil is ended. On October 29, 1922, she was taken with a paralytic stroke and was confined to her bed 11 weeks. But since that time she had been improving in health until the time of her death which came very suddenly.

   She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, five sons, Dennis, Will, Earl and Ray of Gladwin and Carl of Pontiac; three daughters, Mrs. Aaron Putnam of Bay City, Mrs. Amandus Soldan of Flint and Mrs. Clayton Southwell of Gladwin; 23 grandchildren; one brother, David Glendenning; one sister, Mary J. Brown, and a host of other relatives and friends.

   "A place is vacant in our home which never can be filled."

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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
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