Mary S. Porter, wife of the late Mark C. Rorick, was born in Seneca township, Michigan, April 17, 1850. She was the daughter of John C. Porter and Louisa King Porter, pioneers of Lenawee county. She was one of four children: Frank, who died when aged four years; Sylvester K. Porter of South Pasadena, Cal., and Harriet Rorick, of Morenci, Mich.
She received her education at the Medina Academy was married in Medina to Mark C. Rorick August 9, 1868. They began housekeeping in a log house on the Rorick farm in Seneca township where they remained until their removal to Morenci April 1, 1925.
An unusual coincidence was the marriage of the sister, Harriet, to Mr. Rorick’s brother, LeRoy.
To Mr. and Mrs. Rorick were born three children, John Porter Rorick of Adrian; Myrtie C. Baldwin of Howell, and Maude L., who died in 1899. There are living 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a niece, Mrs. W.D. Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, and a nephew, Cosper M. Rorick of Morenci.
Mr. Rorick died in Morenci February 6, 1922. Since that time Mrs. Rorick had lived a quiet, uneventful life within her home with her devoted companion.
Because of frail health she was never actively engaged in affairs of a public nature. In fact, her home life meant everything to her, “looking well the ways of her household,” her home always being in readiness to receive her family and friends, meeting them at all times with sweet graciousness.
She was of upright character, representing the highest type of womanhood. She met the sorrows and joys of a long and useful life with gentle dignity and with a kind, charitable word for all.
January 8, 1927, she passed away without suffering, in accordance with the way she lived, quietly and beautifully, with her loved ones about her.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 13, 1927.