Several charming luncheon parties were held at the Samovar Friday, March 8. Mrs. G.H. Milne of New York City has as her guests Dr. Rorick Bennett, Mrs. George Rorick Clarke and Mrs. S.K. Porter of South Pasadena, and Mrs. Willard O. Waters of San Marino. (South Pasadena Foothill Review, March 15, 1929)
Eugene Groover, of Lapeer and Glenn Groover were down Sunday to eat dinner with Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Kessell and to help little Marshall Eugene Groover celebrate his birthday. He carried his cak[e] to the table with three lighted candles on it. Mrs. Groover returned home with them feeling much improved. (Oxford Leader, March 29, 1929)
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Mrs. Betsy Rorick Waters, 344 South Pasadena avenue, died Oct. 6. A native of Michigan and a resident of this area the past year and a half, Mrs. Waters and her husband, Willard O. Waters, had lived here for some time 20 years ago.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Waters is survived by a sister, Mrs. George R. Clarke of Pasadena and several cousins in Ohio and Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the chapel of Turner, Stevens & Eggleston, 1000 Fremont avenue.
Source: South Pasadena Review, October 7, 1952.
Friends from Pasadena, Los Angeles and the Foothill area gathered in Neighborhood Church for the wedding of Miss Emma Gerhardt and Max LeRoy Rorick, both members of the church and residents of Los Angeles, Friday at 8 p.m. The bride, daughter of Mrs. Emma Gerhardt, 5506 Atlas Street, is a social service worker in Alhambra. She was given in her marriage by her brother, Herbert F. Gerhardt of Monrovia.
Re. Curtis Beach, pastor, officiate din the presence of 400 guests and in a setting of white flowers and silvered leaves. Incorporated into the decorations were the altar cross and bowls given in memory of the bridegroom’s aunt, the late Dr. Rorick Bennett of Pasadena.
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The birthday party of Dr. Rorick Bennett, 1931 Marengo avenue, furnished the inspiration for a large family party held Saturday evening at the Samovar. A profusion of spring flowers decorated the tables where the covers were laid for the honor guest, and Mrs. A.D. Brown, Mrs. F.K. [sic] Porter, Miss Esther Auten Pine, and Mrs. E.R. [sic] Clarke of South Pasadena, J.T. Rorick of Fort Dallas [sic], Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Waters of San Marino, Mrs. C.F. McDuffer, Miss McDuffer, and Mrs. Theodore Peters of Pasadena.
Source: South Pasadena Foothill Review, April 12, 1929.
A pleasant event of Tuesday was the bridge luncheon given by Mrs. Willard O. Waters at her home, 565 South Bonita drive, San Marino.
Mrs. Waters entertained in honor of eastern friends.
Source: The Pasadena Post, March 27, 1925.
Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Sylvester Porter of South Pasadena, Calif., which occurred January 14. She is survived by a granddaughter who lives in New York City and two nieces Mrs. Georgia Clark and Mrs. Willard Watters [sic] both of Pasadena. Mrs. Porter was born near Morenci and lived here the greater part of her life. Mr. Porter died several years ago.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 24, 1935.
Dr. Rorick Bennett, one of America’s first woman surgeons, died at her home in San Marino Monday at the age of 88 years. She began practicing with her husband more than fifty years ago, and she continued in active practice until she was 75 years of age. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard O. Waters. Before her retirement, Dr. Bennett lived in South Pasadena with another daughter, Mrs. George Clarke, and a sister, Mrs. Mellissa [sic] Porter at 1931 Marengo avenue.
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Mrs. Bessie Waters, a former resident, died in Pasadena, California, Monday, October 6. Mrs. Waters was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. C.T. Bennett and LaVina [sic] (Rorick) Bennett of Morenci. Mrs. Georgia Clark, of Pasadena, survives her sister.
Source: Morenci Observer, October 30, 1952.
Word has been received here by relatives of the death of Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett, which occurred Monday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard Waters, at South Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Bennett was 88 years of age and had been ill only a few days.
She was very well known here and spent the greater part of her life in Morenci.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. S.K. Porter, two daughters, Mrs. Willard Waters and Mrs. George Clark, all of South Pasadena, two nephews, E.E. Spear and G.H. Rorick of this place, two nieces, Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette.
Funeral services have not yet been learned.
Source: Morenci Observer, May 12, 1932.
Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies
Dr. Rorick Bennett First of Sex to Graduate At Michigan Medical School
Dr. Rorick Bennett, one of America’s first woman surgeons, who started practicing with her husband nearly half a century ago, died early yesterday in San Marino. She was 88 years of age.
Death came to the aged medical pioneer at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Willard O. Waters, wife of a member of the Huntington Library staff.
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