Transcribed by Suzette Pondillo, from the Andover News, August 1, 1913.
MRS. JOHN DEAN
Mrs. John Dean died at her home, South of this village, Tuesday, July 23, after an illness of many months. Elizabeth Joyce Dean, the only daughter of the late Peter and Ann Joyce, was born on the Joyce homestead, in the town of Andover, Feb. 29, 1869, where she spent her early life. In Feb. 1892 she was united in marriage to John Dean and came to reside with him on the Dean homestead.
After a few years, Mr. Dean purchased the Shields farm, where they have since resided. The many improvements they made to their home last summer Mrs. Dean looked forward to enjoying for many years, but so it is that “Man proposes, but God disposes”.
Scarcely were those improvements completed when her health began to fail. In January she underwent an operation in Buffalo which seemed to be of much benefit for a short time but the relief was not permanent, and although she sought aid from the best of the medical profession she gradually grew worse and became confined to her home in March, a long suffering indeed which was born with much patience and hopefulness, and when she realized her recovery was impossible, she bowed to the will of her Master with the greatest fortitude and resignation. She was a Christian wife and mother, devoted to her family, and having been left motherless in her early years, those so afflicted particularly appealed to her charity, and it has been her privileged on several occasions to act the mother’s part to those deprived of a mother’s care.
We deeply sympathize with the husband, son and daughter, who mourn her and who sill indeed feel her loss. She is also survived by six brothers, Thomas, James, Henry, Peter and John of Andover, Edward of Port Allegany. Bartly and a stepmother, Mrs. Julia Joyce of Andover.
Her funeral took place Friday, from the church of the Blessed Sacrament, at Andover, the last rites, which were largely attended, being performed by her pastor, Rev. J.J. Sheehy. Her remains were interred in St. John’s cemetery, her brothers performing the sad office for their beloved sister of bearing her to her last resting place where we feel that “she sleeps the sleep of peace”.
Those from out of town in attendance at the funeral were Edward Joyce of Port Allegany, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Magner and daughter, Gertrude, Mr. And Mrs. Will Magner, Mr. And Mrs. J.H. Dean and sons, Tom and Jerome; Mr. and Mrs. David Magner, John Harrington and the Misses Harrington of Wellsville; Anthony Dean and son, Martin; Misses Margaret, Mary and Grace Dean; Mr. and Mrs. James Hasley; Mrs. Donaldson, and Mrs. Henry of Hornell; Mr. and Mrs. James Donigan of Greenwood; Mr. Frank Handy of Belmont and Miss Mame Deane of Buffalo, who has cared for her, and eased her suffering in every way possible for nearly three months.