Salem Pioneer Cemetery ~ Frances E. Leith ~ part of the Marion County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
Frances E. Leith
MAIDEN NAME: Brown AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 5 Sep 1823 DIED: 10 Nov 1903 BURIED: Nov 1903
DEATH PLACE: Salem, Oregon
IOOF - Mrs. Frances Leith, 79 years, 2 months, 5 days, died in Salem of "old age"; 1870 Census - Frances Leith, age 55, b. England, is enumerated with Isaac Leith, age 55, Farmer, b. Ohio, along with Leslie (age 25), Amanda (age 16), Edward (age 16), Alice (age 14), Sarah (age 12), Cara D. (age 6) and Enola (age 4), all born in Illinois; Funeral ordered by Brown & Ragan;
PASSING OF A GOOD SOUL The Spirit of Mrs. Frances E. Leith has Departed This Earth Has been a resident of Salem and vicinity for many years past and was beloved and respected by all - Funeral today. Tuesday morning, November 10, witnessed the passing away of the spirit of one of Oregon’s grandest and noblest women, after a long life of usefulness and divine goodness made rosy and pleasant by her own faith, charity and benevolence, Mrs. Francis E. Leith, wife of the late I. L. Leith, at the ripe old age of 79 years, 2 months and 5 days, of a complication of disorders attending old age. The deceased was of the good old English stock, having been born in Souston, Leicestershire county, England, on September 5, 1824. She came to the United States with her parents when but nine years of age, and located in Oswego county, New York, where she resided for several years and then removed to Edgar county, Illinois. Later she moved to Effingham county, in the same state, where she was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to he late husband, I. L. Leigh. In the year 1888 they came to Oregon and settled in the Waldo Hills where they remained until the death of the husband, in 1897, after which she made her home with her several daughters in this city and was living with her daughter, Mrs. H. H. Ragan when the Angel of death came and took her spirit to her Home on High. Her good and true life was blessed with the advent of 9 children, seven of whom are daughters and two sons, all of whom survive to escort the remains to their last resting place, besides fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The deceased was a life-long and active member of the Congregational church and has lived an honest, upright and humble Christian life since her childhood, or since she knew the meaning of the term "christianity". She has always been prominently identified with every movement of a charitable or benevolent nature and was especially noted for her generous consideration of the welfare of others even at the sacrifice of her own bodily and mental comfort and can be referred to as a truly selfish woman, for she was never happy herself until she first was satisfied that everybody else was happy with this world’s goods around her, which is the true definition of the work selfishness, and her demise, although no doubt a welcome relief to her of a long and weary life, despite the love and affection of her children and friends, will be mourned by the hundreds of true friends whom she has won in this world through her divine goodness and kindness. The surviving children are: Mrs. Mary E. Wade (wife of Dr. W. L. Wade), Mrs. Enola Myers, of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Leslie W. Leith, of Sierra Madre, California; Mrs. D. W. Matthews, Mrs. Alice Lane (wife of Dr. D. F. Lane), Mrs. H. H. Ragan, Mrs. Amanda McLench, Mrs. Cora D. Clark, all of Salem and Ed T. Lieth, of Sublette, Illinois. The funeral services will be held from the residence of H. H. Ragan, No. 352 Summer Street, at 2:00 p.m., today, conducted by Rev. W. C. Kanter and interment will be had in the Odd Fellows cemetery, two miles south of this city. Oregon Statesman 11 Nov 1903 6:3
Frances E. Brown Wife of Isaac Leith Born Sept. 5, 1823 Died Nov 10, 1903
LR IOOF Register of Burials Rigdon Bk 3 DAR 63 OS 11 Nov 1903 6:3