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Fannie Avery Bickford
1797–August 9, 1889
BICKFORD—Tuesday, August 9th (1881), at 2 o'clock a.m. at the residence of her son-in-law, B. B. Ryan, in Monticello. Mrs. Fannie Bickford, aged 83 years, and 9 months, of old age.
Mrs. Bickford was born in Kennebec County, Maine, in the year 1797. Her maiden name was Avery. She was married to Samuel Bickford, and of that union were born thirteen children, twelve of them in the State of Maine. The last child was born in Ohio, to which state Mr. and Mrs. Bickford removed in 1839, settling in Meigs county where they continued to remain for ten years, or until the year 1840.
While residing there Mrs. Bickford had the misfortune to lose her husband by death. She then removed to Iowa, locating at Monmouth, Jackson county, where one of her daughters, Mrs. Gibson, still resides. In 1860 Mrs. Bickford came to Monticello, where for twenty-one years she has resided continuously, with her daughter, Mrs. B. B. Ryan, and where she died.
Five of her children had preceded her in the Life Beyond. Seven of her surviving nine are living in this state—two of them here in Monticello, Mrs. Ryan, already mentioned, and Mr. Elijah Bickford, himself a man well advanced in years.
Mrs. Bickford retained her powers, both physical and mental, in unusual vigor until the past year, when she began to show marked signs of decay. Her feet that had so long trod bore the shore of the unseen river began to grow feeble. The incurable malady of old age had seized her, and last Tuesday morning at half past two o'clock, surrounded by her sorrowing relatives, she passed peacefully away to where there are neither weakness, nor weariness, nor pain, nor parting, where age is exchanged for youth, and life is always in its fresh and dewy morning.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt

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