At 9:15 A.M. Tuesday, May 19, took place the death of Mrs. Cosper Rorick at her home in Seneca township. The lady had been in gradually declining health for the past two years. The funeral was held at the home yesterday, at 10 o’clock, and her body was entombed in the Morenci cemetery. Rev. V.L. Garrett conducted the obsequies, with singing by a quartette composed of Messrs. St. James, W.W. Crabbs, E.B. Butler and H.H. Spencer.
Alice M., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horton, was born March 26, 1842, in the township of Lafayette, Medina Co., O., and with them came to Michigan in 1851, from New York State, whither they had returned after their residence in Ohio. They settled in Fairfield township, where Mr. Horton became the pioneer cheese maker and grew into large wealth — his business, after he died, coming under the charge of his son, the Hon. George B. Horton, who still resides at the place at the old homestead. Mrs. Rorick was the eldest of the three children born to her parents, there being another daughter, Mrs. Dr. Jewett, of Dayton, O. Her aged and sorrowing mother, Mrs. Phelps, resides in Morenci. She attended Hillsdale college for a year, and June 30, 1861, was married to Cosper Rorick, now one of the wealthy and prominent farmers of Seneca, where they have lived during the subsequent thirty years of a companionship which death has sadly severed. Together with the bereaved husband there are left four children — G.H. Rorick, a farmer of this township; Horton C., a law student at Ann Arbor; Eva May, a student at Adrian College; and Lela, at home.
Devoted wife, loving mother, kind friend — making home the central object of her thought and duty! Such was the one who hath gone, and thus it was that she was beloved, causing family, relatives and friends to grieve that her earthly life is o’er.
“Peaceful be thy silent slumber, —
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou wilt no more join our number;
Thou no more our songs shalt know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
The in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.
Source: Undated newspaper clipping in a scrapbook, owned by Jean Laser, at the Stair Library in Adrian, MI. Alice Horton Rorick died May 19, 1891.