New Jersey Obituaries - 1902 - Mrs. Sarah (Rodgers) Smith

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New Jersey Obituaries - 1902 - Mrs. Sarah (Rodgers) Smith

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Life Ended Of Mrs. Sarah (Rodgers) Smith of Fair Haven

She Was the Widow of Forman Smith and Was 84 Years Old

Sarah, widow of Forman Smith of Fair Haven, died on Monday, aged 84 years. Her death was due to old age and a general wearing away of her vital powers. Mrs. Smith was very active for one of her years and she retained her faculties to a remarkable degree. About a year ago she began to fail and she gradually grew weaker although she was not confined to her bed. She ate her supper on Sunday night and seemed about as well as usual. During the night it was noticed that she was failing rapidly and she died at eight o’clock the next morning.

Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Sarah and Britton Rodgers. Her husband Forman Smith, died of pneumonia December 23d, 1893. He built the homestead place at Fair Haven about sixty years ago and the couple had lived there from that time until their death. Mr. and Mrs. Smith celebrated their golden wedding on the homestead a short time before Mr. Smith’s death.

Mrs. Smith is survived by a sister Mrs. Rebecca Harvey of Manasquan. She leaves also eight children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The children are Sarah, wife of John R. Scott; Augusta, wife of Rufus S. Merritt; Theresa, Forman R., Arthur E. and H. Edgar Smith, all of Fair Haven; Delia, wife of Joseph White of Little Silver, and Clara, wife of J.J. Parker Asbury Park. The great-grandchild is a daughter of Frank Scott of Newark, a son of Mrs. John R. Scott of Fair Haven. Mrs. Smith’s daughter Theresa and her grandson, Percy Smith, son of Forman R. Smith, made their homes with her.

Mrs. Smith had been a life-long member of the Methodist church and she had always lived a consistent christian life. She was one of the oldest members of the Fair Haven Methodist church, and she will be greatly missed not only in her family circle but by her friends and neighbors as well.

The funeral will be held at her residence at two o’clock to-morrow afternoon. Rev. John Watson, pastor of the Fair Haven Methodist church, will preach the sermon and the body will be buried at Little Silver.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 9, 1902

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