Slowly but surely as time marches on, we are losing, one by one, the men and women of that generation who were born and reared under pioneer conditions, and then continued the pioneer march that has brought about our present day civilization. Another of this race of hardy pioneers has passed to her Great Reward, in the person of Prudence Betts, daughter of the late Thomas and Jemina Betts and relict of John Johnson, at her home on Elizabeth street, Grimsby at the advanced age of 85 years and some months.
The deceased lady who was known as "Aunt Prudy" by all the kids of my day, was born in North Pelham Township, on November 22nd, 1848.
As a child of tender years she moved with her parents to North Grimsby township, on the Mountain. On January 15th, 1873, she took the vows of matrimony with John Johnson, and they began hewing a home out of the woods, on the farm now owned by Alfred Bingle, and resided there until 1905 when they moved into Grimsby village and took up residence on Elizabeth Street, and Mr. Johnson engaged in the teaming business. In 1921 Mr. Johnson crossed The Great Divide, and thus ended 48 years of married bliss. Mrs. Johnson carried on in her own sweet, charitable way until last November, when she was stricken down with illness from which, with all her good fighting, she was unable to stave off, and gradually grew weaker until she passed peacefully away on Tuesday, March 6th, after living in the one house in Grimsby for 29 years and over three-quarters of a century in North Grimsby township and Grimsby Town and Village. Right up until within a few weeks of her demise she retained all her faculties, and could and would discuss politics, religion and other important questions with a gusto that would surprise you.
Always a woman of a jovial spirit, she never forgot the spiritual things in life, and right up to the day she took to her bed, she was a regular attendant at Grimsby Baptist Church, and was the oldest active member of the congregation as well as being the oldest member of the Bible class and the most regular attendant.
Funeral services were held from her late residence on Thursday, March 8th, to Queen's Lawn Cemetery, being conducted by Rev. Harvey Merritt of Grimsby Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. McClennan, Church of England, Rector at Fergus, who knew Mrs. Johnson very intimately while he was stationed at Winona. Pallbearers were T.R. Hunter, Floyd Johnson, Fred Smith, Aubrey Smith, Palmer Hill and Frances Hill.
Deceased lady leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, (Jessie) Mrs. James Strachan, Grimsby; (Mable) Mrs. Frank W. Smith, Winona, (Florence) Mrs. Ed. L. Werner, Sheboygan, Mich. and ten grandchildren.