Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 05:10:47 :
The Marin Journal
Thursday, January 28, 1937
“Grandma” Sease Dies at 103 Years
Mrs. Margaret “Grandma” Sease, who saw 103 summers and whose birthday celebration of that many years was an event on Dec. 8, was placed quietly in her last resting place Monday morning in Fernwood Cemetery following funeral services in the George F. Larsen mortuary in Sausalito. A requiem mass was said in Star of the Sea Church.
“Grandma” Sease had pneumonia and the weakness resulting combined with the infirmities of old age caused her death at 4:25 p.m. Friday.
Pallbearers were Fred Perry, Thomas Mllani. Gus Eib, M. S. Fortado, B. J. Powell and Frank Carade.
Born in County Cork, Ireland in 1834, the aged matron, who was Miss Margaret Heart, came to New York at the age of 10 and rounded the Horn with friends coming directly to Sausalito. There she later married Nicholas Sease, one of the first saloon keepers for Sausalito. During her residence there she was known for her generosity and good-heartedness, giving aid to the poor whenever possible.
Mrs. Sease was the founder of the C.P.P.E.O. No. 11 of Sausalito and called herself the Irish-Portugese (? – blurred and hard to read). The same characteristics made her popular with the nurses and patients at the Marin County Hospital, where she celebrated her last birthday on December 8th, 1936. There her nickname “Grandma” originated.
Deceased is survived by one son, Frank Sease of Sausalito. Another son, Joseph Sease has been dead for many years.
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