Mary-Grace Lillian Perham d 6 Dec 1925

Mary-Grace Lillian Perham was born 1 November 1878, in Amherst, NH.  Her father Newton was a stonemason.  Her ancestors include Revolutionary War soldiers. 

The family was still living in Amherst in 1880, but by 1900, the family was living in Milford.  Mary-Grace lived with the Edwin French family and worked as a servant. 

After Will Richardson’s first wife died, he moved to Chico, CA for work.  Mary-Grace followed, and they were married 24 April 1904.  Mary-Grace’s first baby, Lillian, was born in Chico.  But when Mary-Grace became pregnant with her second daughter (early 1906), she decided that the California heat was too much for her, and she returned to New Hampshire.  Will followed soon after.

Mary-Grace’s husband was a carpenter, and they lived in Milford on Amherst Street, and later on Lyndeborough road.  Mary-Grace died 6 December 1925.   Her obit follows:

Death of Mrs. Will Richardson :  The many friends of Mrs. Mary Grace Richardson were saddened Sunday to hear of her death at her home on Mont Vernon Hillside.  Mrs. Richardson had been in poor health for some time.  She was 48 years old and a native of Amherst, but came to Milford when a small child with her parents, Newton and Maria J. Perham.  Some twenty years ago she became the wife of William Richardson who survives her.  She was a most estimable woman very devoted to home and to friends.  Besides the widower, Mrs. Richardson leaves four daughters and a son; Lillian, teaching at Amherst, Mary, attending Keene Normal, Olive, Ruth, and Scott who live at home.  A mother also survives as well as a sister, Mrs. K. Christine Chase, and brother, Perley W. Perham, of Boston.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home.  Rev. Francis P. Daniels officiated.  Burial was at Riverside cemetery.

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