As mentioned in an earlier blog I am transcribing obits and society notes from my mother-in-law’s scrapbooks. The one I am working on now is the scrapbook of Mary Lufanny Puff who died in 1898. The scrapbook was continued by her daughter, Mrs. Ada Horton, passed down to her daughter, Edith Horton, and then to Kathryn Cutter Maki. I found the circumstances surrounding the timing of Mrs. William’s funeral interesting and thought I would share with my readers.
Sudden Death – Mrs. Sarah Emily Williams, wife of the late D.A. Williams and daughter of Benjamin Atwater of this place, dropped dead of heart disease while visiting at the residence of P.S. Dudley in Newfield on Friday last. Mrs. Williams had but recently returned from the west and was apparently in her usual health when death called her hence without a struggle. The remains were brought to Ithaca, but in consequence of their life like appearance the funeral did not take place until Tuesday afternoon when all doubt as to her being in a trance was removed. The funeral services took place from the residence of her father, corner of Cayuga and Green streets, and was very largely attended. Deceased leaves one daughter besides a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her sudden death.