Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Occurred Thursday Morning, Following an Operation by Dr. Sears of Binghamton

   Mrs. George A. Purdy died at her home on Columbia street Thursday morning, following a surgical operation by Dr. Sears of Binghamton, assisted by Drs. Grant and Johnson of this village.

   Mrs. Purdy has been confined to the house since New Year's day, but for months before had been steadily failing.  However, with medical attention she seemed to be improving, and at her own request an operation was performed as above stated.  However, the operation revealed a malignant cancer, and the shock was too much for the patient to bear.  She passed away without rallying from the operation.

   Mary A. Skillman Purdy was the daughter of Benjamin and Lucy (Nichols) Skillman, and was born in Smithville April 1, 1854.  When about nine years of age her parents moved to McDonough and she has resided in that town and Oxford since.  She was married to George A. Purdy, December, 1872.  She was a woman highly esteemed by all who knew her and a good neighbor.  She was a member of St. Paul's church, and at the time of her death secretary of the Parish Aid society.  She was also a member of the Joseph Jefferson Club.

   She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. C. J. Dailey of Schenectady and Mrs. C. W. Beckwith of McDonough; one son, G. Harry Purdy of this village; one sister, Mrs. Dr. Little of Appleton, Minn.; four brothers, C. P. Skillman of Appleton, Minn.; F. B. Skillman of Norwich; Albert Skillman of this village and Byron Skillman who lives in the southern part of the State.

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