My grandmother, Mary Bowman Percival, died at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, while the family was on vacation. My dad was 13 at the time and it was devastating to the family. The death notice is from The Evening News, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, obituary, 12 August 1938, p3.
Mrs. Mary Percival
Mrs. Mary Percival, 45, of 15766 Ferguson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, died at the Sault War Memorial hospital at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 1938. She was admitted to the hospital yesterday in critical condition, being brought here from St. Ignace by her husband and son.
The body was to be removed to Detroit today for services. Later it will be taken to Lexington, Mo., her former home, for burial.
The following obituary is from the Lexington, Missouri newspaper. Her hometown. Note that her hometown paper couldn't get Percival or Rankin spelled correctly. Nor did they get her place of death correct.
FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN MICHIGAN
Mrs. Mary Percival Succumbs Last Night
Mrs. Mary Bowman Percival, the daughter of Mrs. Frank Bowman of Lexington, died suddenly last night at her home in Detroit, Mich.
Mrs. Percival was born in Lexington and was educated here in the public schools and at the former Baptist College. She was a member of the Christian church.
Mrs. Percival was married to John S. Percivel of Richmond, who survives her, at Lexington in 1920.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by two sons, John S. Percivel, jr., and Frank Bowman Percivel; a sister, Mrs. James Raikin of Claremont, Calif.; a brother John Bowman of Washington, Mo.; a niece Mary Elizabeth Rogers, and a nephew James A. Rankin, Jr. of Claremont.
No word has been received as yet as to funeral arrangements.
[Researcher's notes: The names are as they appear in the obituary. The names should read as Percival & Rankin.]
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