Deborah Ann Rorick was born in Seneca township, September 28, 1840, and died at the home of her son, in Morenci May 27, 1931. Aged 90 years, seven months and 27 years.
Her parents were Estel [sic] and Hannah Rorick and she was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public school and attended the Seminary at Medina. She was united in marriage with Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to them, Estel [sic] E. Spear of Morenci, Mich.
In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death.
Fifty years of her life were spent on the farm in Medina township. Fifteen years ago they moved to Morenci because of the failing health of her husband who preceded her in death September 11, 1917.
Her life had been one of constant activity. She had always taken a lively interest in the affairs of the local church and community. She leaves to mourn their [sic] loss on son, Estel [sic] E., and wife Martha, five grandchildren, Paul Spear of Morenci, Maurice Spear of Morenci, Mrs. Richards Rogers of Ypsilanti, Mrs. John Bryant of Sand Creek and K.R. Spear of Littlefield, Texas, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by two sisters, Dr. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Pasadena, California. Also five nieces and two nephews.
Deprived of a daughter, she took in Josephine Grandy, now Mrs. Will Hyslop of West Branch, into her home.
Services were conducted at the home of her son, Estel [sic], Friday at 2 p.m., May 29, 1931, by her pastor, Rev. H.A. Essex of the Baptist church.
Source: Morenci Observer, June 4, 1931.