Mrs. Theron A. Farnsworth Passes Away Tuesday After Months of Fading Health and Strength

Camden Mourns Loss of This Good Woman, As Community Reflects on Her Half Century of Civic Activities --- Funeral Thursday Afternoon at 2.

F.S. Healy Peacefully and serenely at 11:30 , Tuesday forenoon, after months of feeble health, Mrs. Fontella Farnsworth, widow of Theron A. Farnsworth, breathed her last at the home of her son, Almon M. Farnsworth, Union Street.

Mrs. Farnsworth whose maiden name was Fontella Sophia Healy was born to Rosalvo and Nancy Healy in Hermon, St. Lawrence County, NY, on January 25th, 1852. She was one of a family of seven children, four sisters and two brothers, all of whom she survived. After attending the Hermon school she taught in some of the nearby district schools receiving a varying compensation for her services of from three to four dollars a week, boarding around the districts where she taught. Her district school superintendent was A. B. Hepburn who later became prominent in financial circles in New York City and who contributed generously of his wealth to towns in St. Lawrence county.

In 1874 the deceased was married to Theron A. Farnsworth, also a native of Hermon, whom she had known since childhood. In the Fall of 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth moved from Hermon to Williamstown where they resided until 1886 when Camden became their home. Mrs. Farnsworth is survived by two children, Almon M. Farnsworth of Camden and Mrs. George B. Smith of Schenectady and by five grandchildren, Almon G. and T. Albert Farnsworth of this place, George L. Farnsworth of Mount Vernon, NY, Donald F. Smith of Schenectady and Mrs. Robert Cooney of Long Island City, also by three great grandsons, David G. Farnsworth, George L. Farnsworth, Jr. and Stephen R. Cooney.

Mrs. Farnsworth lived a long, useful and happy life, and until her final physical decline had never experienced any serious illness. She maintained her own home on Miner Ave. until about four years ago when she went to reside with her son and daughter-in-law in company with her husband, spending some of the time with her daughter, Mrs. Smith, in Schenectady.

Until the last years of her life, Mrs. Farnsworth was keenly interested in the community life of Camden and was always ready to contribute of her time and talents. She was a member of the Congregational Church, later the United Church, and following the precepts of her religion she was a loving wife and mother and a helpful neighbor. She was a member of the local chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and was proud of an ancestry which she traced to the very early settlement days in Connecticut, Mrs. Farnsworth was for several years a member of the Philomathic Club and was a charter member and one of the first presidents of the Camden Library Association and was for many years a trustee of that organization. It was her good fortune to live to see a beautiful new building completed and occupied as a public library, a project in which she had been deeply interested for a long time and which she actively promoted.

In the passing of Mrs. Theron A. Farnsworth, Camden loses a well known, useful and kindly woman who will long be remembered.

The funeral will be held from the Farnsworth home in Union Street at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. B. A. Walton officiating. Mrs. Leland C. Scoville will provide appropriate piano music before and after the service. Burial will be in Forest Park cemetery, beside her late husband who died about 2 years ago. Arrangements are in charge of Undertaker J. Floyd Smith.

Bearers will be T. Thomas Smith, B. D. Tuthill, G. H. Williams, B. S. Osborne, E. S. Mabie and T. Clinton Phelps.

REPRINTED from the "Camden Advance-Journal", Camden, NY, Wednesday, February 21, 1940.
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