An old newspaper clipping without with inadequate identification:
Death of Mrs. Bearce
Mrs. M. E. Bearce died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. T. Mitchell, Tuesday [20 February 1917?] night at 9 o'clock, following an attack of pneumonia. She was ill but a few days, and the news of her sudden death was received with sincere sorrow by a wide circle of friends.
Mrs. Bearce (nee Mary Elizabeth Fleming) was born in Boston, Mass,. in 1837. She lived in Boston during her childhood and grew to womanhood in that city of education and culture. She was married to George Millald [sic], a sea captain, and traveled with her husband on the sea. After a few voyages Mr. Millaid [sic] was lost at sea.
She was married to Mr. Larned S. Bearce a merchant. It was during the civil war that Mr. and Mrs. Bearce had many thrilling experiences in Mexico, Texas and other places where their business necessitated them to travel.
Mrs. Bearce was the mother of five children, three sons and two daughters. One of her sons preceded her to the other world, two sons and two daughters remain to mourn her departure.
She was a well read and cultured woman. Her life in Boston was during the time of Emerson, Longfellow, Savage, Philips Brooks and other men of that character. Being a resident of the same community with persons of that education and refinement, her life and character was [sic] moulded very much according to the type of those worthy individuals.
Besides her extensive travel and varied experiences in so many parts of the country, she was a close observer and had the fine faculty of taking that which was good and leaving out the bad. This made her a very amiable person to associate with. She had only good things to say and never allowed anything evil to be spoken about anybody.
The Beatitudes and St. Paul's Chapter on love in 1 Cor. 13, were her favorite Bible readings.
Mrs. Bearce made her home with her daughter, Mrs. H. T. Mitchell, for the last twelve or thirteen years. During this time she won many very intimate friends. Everybody who became acquainted with her learned to love her. Having lived to a ripe old age she departs out of this world, leaving a useful and well-spent life.
The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from her home, Rev. Brand conducting the services, and the body laid to rest in Lakeview cemetery.