1934: Obituary: Sarah THOMPSON nee GOODCHILD

Mrs. S. Thompson Claimed by Death – Oldest Surviving Member of Episcopal Church Dies This Morning

Mrs. Sarah Thompson 82 years of age, oldest surviving member of the Christ Episcopal Church, expired at 9 o’clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Bradley, 503(?) East Mason street. Mrs. Thompson had been ill for five weeks, and during that period had been at the Bradley residence. A little over four weeks ago, while getting up in the night, she fell and sustained a fractured hip, and had rapidly failed since then. Death was attributed to results of the fracture and infirmities. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made yet, but it is believed that it will be held at the Knapp & Smith Funeral Home on Monday.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Kingston, England, on February 10, 1852, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodchild. She was raised and educated in her native country and was married there in 1871 to Robert Thompson. They came to America shortly following their marriage, settling near Windsor, Ont. Four or five years later Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came to Michigan, settling in Ovid where they made their home for two years before coming to Owosso. They have lived there since then. For many years Mr. Thompson was employed by the Woodard Furniture Company. He died in 1900. Since Mr. Thompson’s death, Mrs. Thompson made her home among her children, or lived alone. Four children survive. They are William D. Thompson, Harry Thompson, Allie Thompson, and Mrs. Bradley, all of Owosso. A daughter, Mrs. Elmer Rose, died in 1902. There are eight grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.

Mrs. Thompson was the youngest, and the last of a family of 14 children. All her life she had been a member of the Episcopal Church.

[Please note: The obituary says she was the youngest of 14 children of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Goodchild. The ‘Henry’ appears to be a mistake. She was baptised as the daughter of Thomas Goodchild, Blacksmith of Kingston, and Mary Goodchild (nee Wiseman) on 25 Apr 1852 who had 14 children.]

21 September 1934