Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 08:21:01 :
Thursday, May 27, 1937
Death’s Hand Again Darkens Home of Mrs. Geo. S. Graham
For Mrs. Effie MacDonald Crofts, member of the pioneer MacDonald family of San Rafael, funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of Edward Niehaus in Berkeley.
The death Monday of Mrs. Crofts came within a week of her brother-in-law, George Sperry Graham, of San Rafael.
Mrs. Graham and sister, Miss Margaret MacDonald, San Rafael librarian, made the trip to Berkeley Monday to join Mrs. Crofts in a vacation to Yosemite. Upon ringing the bell and receiving no answer, they entered the home, and found Mrs. Crofts unconscious from a heart attack. Before a doctor arrived, Mrs. Crofts had passed on.
Mrs. Crofts lived in San Rafael in her girlhood. She was a daughter of the late Rev. MacDonald, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church here.
Deceased leaves another sister, Mrs. William F. Lamme of San Rafael; her husband, Francis E. Crofts, a daughter, Mrs. Eleanor D’Este and a grandson, Charles D’Este.
The Crofts resided on G street for many years while Mr. Crofts was a member of the S.R.H.S. faculty and later when he went to Lowell High, the family moved to Berkeley.
Mrs. Crofts was a musician of note, was a former organist of the First Presbyterian Church here and had composed a number of songs, among them: “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills.”
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