Decker Margaret E.

Female 1854 - 1916  (62 years)

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  • Name Decker Margaret E. 
    Born 1 Jun 1854  Middleport, , Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    _UID 59F012AD46E647438916E55128625DBE38C3 
    Died 29 Sep 1916  [1, 2
    • Matt Mercer - information from his grandfather, William Ralph Mercer:
      Son 1: Dr. John Irving Mercer b. 11/10/1843 d. 3/16/1933 Portsmouth, Ohio (had a drug store); married on 8/16/1868 Margaret E. Decker b. 6/1/ 1854 d. 9/29/1916. Son: Ida Alvin Mercer b. 7/28/1873 d. 6/17/1945 Portsmouth, Ohio (book keeper) (Email to Gary Petranek, 2009)

      "Mrs. Mercer. A beautiful famiy circle was broken up Friday evening when death summoned Mrs. Margaret H. Mercer, beloved wife of John Mercer, the well known drugggist. Nineteen months ago today she was taken with her fatal illness and it was nineteen months of pain, of fortitude under suffering and heroic trust in the One who orders all things above the heads of mortals. Mrs. Mercer had known physical suffering the greater part of her life, but only those nearest and dearet to her know of the fact, so cheerful and uncomplaining thought of others rather than of herself. Cheerfulness under all circumstances was her prominent characteristic. Her kindness to all persons and all creaturs was a trait noted by all. During her sickness her devoted daughter, Miss Ida, was her constant nurse and though herself a semi-invalid nevr faltered in her attentions. Her husband, although himself sometimes suffering from serious illness, was unremitting in his attentions.
      Mrs. Mercer's maiden name was Decker, she was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and came with her parents in Meigs county, this state, and there she grew up and married. She was united in marriage with mr. Mercer in Middleport, forty-eight years ago. They came to Portsmouth forty-seven years ago, Mr. Mercer being then a traveling man for J.F. David, wholesale druggist. Mrs. Mercer was reared in the Methodist faith and joined Bigelow chapel on coming to Portsmouth, and she has ever since been a faithful member, belonging to some of the ladies' societies and doing her share of church work.
      Mrs. Mercer loved flowers, plants, children and all things beautiful. She had the artistic temperament which showed itself in the eauty of her home and surroundings. Her home was always a place sought by all.
      The only child is Miss Ida Mercer, one of our most popular church and society young ladies. She and her bereaved father are all that is left of a once happy household. A sister of the deceased, Mrs. Jennie Geer, of Middleport, is the only one left of her immediate family. Mrs. Ruby Decker Lawson, wife of Earl Lawson, is a niece, and Miss Marie Decker of Columbus, is another niece. Many will ecall Miss Decker with pleasure. She was part of Mrs. Mercer's household for several years. Mrs. Mercer was fond of young people, and loved to mingle in their pastimes and always seemed like one of them. Even after she was stricken with her fatal illness her youth appeared never to leave her, but kept her young and hopeful to the end. Her sick room was always a cheerful place.
      Rev. J. W. Dillon conducted the funeral services at the home, and the burial was in Greenlawn and private."
      Source: Portsmouth Daily Times, Page 2, Monday, October 2, 1916.

      Transcript of Death Record for Margaret E. Mercer, wife of John I. Mercer July 2009

      Name: Margaret E. Mercer
      Death date: 29 Sep 1916
      Death place: Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio
      Birthdate: 01 Jun 1854
      Estimated birth year:
      Birthplace: Pa.
      Age at death: 64 years 3 months 28 days
      Gender: Female
      Marital status: Married
      Race or color: American
      Street address: 1024 - 8th
      Occupation: Housewife
      Residence: Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio
      Burial date: 02 Oct 1916
      Burial place: Portsmouth, Ohio
      Cemetery name: Greenlawn
      Spouse's name:
      Father's name: Jacob Decker
      Father's titles:
      Father's birthplace: Pa.
      Mother's name:
      Mother's titles:
      Mother's birthplace:
      GSU film number: 1983756
      Digital GS number: 4021397
      Image number: 610
      Reference number: fn 58281
      Collection: Ohio Deaths 1908-1953
    Person ID I2085  Petranek-Mercer
    Last Modified 27 Jul 2009 

    Father Decker Jacob 
    Family ID F1133  Group Sheet

    Family Mercer John Irwin,   b. 10 Nov 1843, Batesville, Noble, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1933, Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1868  [1
     1. Mercer Ida Alvin,   b. 28 Jul 1873, Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1945, Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F655  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S34] Mercer, Matt Family Files.

    2. [S1] Obituary.

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