Nora Pethtel Burnham Obituary

Nora Pethtel Burnham

Mrs. Burnham, a native of Coe township and for most of her life a resident of the Shepherd vicinity, died at her home in the village Saturday forenoon at 11:30 after an illness of but little more than a week of influenza.

Nora Pethtel, daughter of Morrie and Elizabeth Pethtel, was born January 12, 1867, in Coe township 4 1/2 miles southeast of Shepherd where she lived until her marriage to William Burnham July 4, 1884. They resided for a few years afterward in Emerson township, Gratiot county, before moving to Kansas where they lived for 15 years. Returning to Shepherd, they had since lived there, Mr. Burnham having conducted a meat market in the village for about 20 years.

Mr. Burnham is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Cleo DeRushia, one son, Sharron V. Burnham, and a grandson, John Michell, all of Shepherd besides a brother, Thomas Pethtel of Coe township and two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Woods of Belvidere, Kansas and Mrs. Nellie Baldwin of Flint. One son, Guy, died in infancy.

Mrs. Burnham united with the Methodist church in Haviland, Kansas, and after going to Shepherd, she, with her son, Sharron, were immersed at Rock Lake, since then she has been a member of the Church of Christ. She was active in the Rebekah club and the aid societies of both the Shepherd Methodist and Christian churches.

A devoted wife and mother and kindly and charitably disposed toward all, Mrs. Burnham numbered a host of friends to whom her death came as a shock, although not unexpected after the first few days of the last illness.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, was insufficient to take care of those who came to pay tribute to her memory and a number stood. Burial was made in Salt River cemetery.

Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Isabella County, MI)

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