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Friday February 24, 1933

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Served as Postmistress and Depot Agent for Many Years


Funeral Service to be Conducted from Home Monday Afternoon

SCOTTVILLE, Feb. 24---Death closed the life of one of Mason county's pioneer residents in the passing of Mrs. Villa Parmelee, who expired at 1 o'clock this morning from her home in Amber. Mrs. Parmelee had been in ill health for several years and for the past several months had been confined to her bed. Her death was not unexpected and came as a relief to intense suffering.

Came to Mason County in 1864.

Villa Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moore, was born at McKein, Erie county, Pa., April 14, 1855. In 1862 the family went to Canada, remaining there a year, and in 1863 came to Michigan, moving to Mason county a year later.

In 1866, the Moores homesteaded on what is now Mason [the original article was continued on pg.3] County farm. Mr. Moore was a Civil was veteran, having served with the Detroit company.

Mrs. Parmelee's girlhood days were spent on the farm in Amber. Her marriage to Fay Parmelee took place May 8, 1877, and the young couple took up residence on a 40-acre farm adjoining that of Mrs. Parmelee's parents. They later sold it and purchased what is now the Theron Nelson farm near Star school, Amber. In 1891, Mr. and Mrs. Parmelee moved to Ludington, returning to Amber station in 1895. Here they took charge of the post office and depot, Mrs. Parmelee having been appointed postmistress and depot agent. She served as postmistress for 25 years, until the rural delivery from Scottville took over that territory. She continued as depot agent until 1927, when services were concluded at that station.

Mr. Parmelee passed away February 8, 1928.

Of the eight children born to them, three died in infancy. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jay Cooper of Amber, Mrs. M. W. Chinnery of Scottville and Mrs. Erne Taylor, who just arrived at Old Umtali, Africa, where she and her husband are missionaries, two sons Eugene Parmelee of Falls City, Wash., and Walker Parmelee of Muskegon, 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs., Gomer Thomas of Bellingham, Wash., and a brother T. L. Moore of Everett, Wash.

Active in Church Work.

Mrs. Parmelee was a life-long member of Methodist Episcopal church and she, with Mrs. D. K. Prettyman, was instrumental in organizing Amber Missionary society, which during the past 25 years has become a vital factor in the community life at Amber.

She had a strong personality and her interests were always for the betterment of community life. She played an active part in the political life of her neighborhood, having served on various Republican committees.

Funeral services will be held from the home in Amber at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. W. J. Atkinson officiating. Interment will be in Rickey Cemetery. Mrs. Parmelee had requested that former and present members of Amber Missionary society attend the services in a body and sing the several hymns they enjoyed throughout the years of that society's existence.

Transcribed by D. Biggs biggsfam@yahoo.com


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