Old Residents will Recall This Lady
Grimsby Independent, 3 Jan 1952, p. 1,8
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3 Jan 1952
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21 Nov 1951
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Mode, Mabel
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The Independent is in receipt of the following article from Mrs. Wm. Rickel of Dayton, Ohio, which we believe will be of interest to a great many of the older residents of this district.

Mabel Woolverton Mode: 4-29-1874 to 11-21-1951.

I thought your paper might be interested in having information about the death of an old resident of your town, and might like to publish a notice about it.

She was my mother, Mrs. Mabel Mode, formerly Mabel Woolverton. Her grandfather had one of the early homes in that part of the country, her ancestors having come over with William Penn and moved to Grimsby at the time of the American Revolution. They were also instrumental in the founding of the Baptist Church in Grimsby. Her father, Linus Woolverton, was a well-known fruit grower, one time editor of the Canadian Horticulturalist, and in 1893 had charge of the Canadian Horticulture Exhibit at the World's Fair in Chicago.

After receiving her B.A. from McMaster University in 1897, she married Peter George Mode of Vankleek Hill, Ontario - 5-11-1899, in Grimsby. He was also a graduate of McMaster. They went abroad for their wedding trip and then in 1905 returned to England, where he spent some time studying at Oxford.

About 1912 they moved to Chicago where he took his Ph.D., and became a faculty member at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

There were three children: Glenna, now Mrs. Herbert Ball of East Alton, Illinois, whose children are Jacqueline, 21, Donald, 17, and Beverley, 10; Doris, now Mrs. William Rickel, in private practice with the Institute for Rankian Psychoanalysis in Dayton, Ohio; and Douglas, married, with two children - Susan, 8, and Michael, 5 - teaching in the School of Electrical Engineering at Lehigh University, Allentown, Pa.

Mrs. Mode was an active member of the American Association of University Women, continued her work in music, took a keen interest in foreign affairs, and although she became a citizen of the United States, was always loyal to her Canadian friends and a devoted Canadian at heart.

I am quite sure there are quite a few relatives and friends in the Grimsby area who know and loved her and that they would be interested to know that she died on November 21, 1951, at the home of her daughter, Glenna, with whom she had been living for the past four years. It happened after a short illness following a coronary occlusion. She was interested and alert, her usual cheerful self, to the very end.

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Old Residents will Recall This Lady