Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Obituary of Laurance Wilber Mix (1910 - 1989)

Another obituary from my grandmother's newspaper clippings. She was one of 10 siblings. It's kind of tough being one of the younger one's, because then you end up with a collection of obituaries like this. :-( I feel bad for my grandma!!! She's the last sibling alive today.

Anyway, before you ask, yes, my Great-Uncle Laurance did spell his name like that and not like the usual "Lawrence". The story that I've heard is that his mom had the name Laura picked out. It was her third pregnancy, the first two were boys, so maybe she was counting on a girl!!! The story says when the baby turned out to be a boy, she just tacked on the "-nce" to the end of Laura!

Don't worry, his mom got her wish for girls - her next pregnancy was twins - two girls!!!

So Laurance was the 3rd of the 10 children born to William Homer MIX and Cornelia Elizabeth AKINS.

***Update on 28-Nov-2010 to add text of obituary:

Laurance Wilber Mix

Laurance Wilber Mix, 78, of 1875 Hanshaw Road, died Thursday, March 9, 1989, at Tompkins Community Hospital.

He was born in Ithaca, son of the late William and Cornelia Aikens Mix.

He lived and worked in Geneva and Niagara Falls before returning to Ithaca in 1946. He had been a resident of Hanshaw Road since 1963.

He was a master mechanic and had worked for Lincoln-Mercury on Elmira Road, Rumsey of Ithaca and Wallace Steel. he retired in 1975.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

On July 27, 1957, he married Blanche Mix, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Laurence J. Mix of Hillensdales, N.J., William S. Mix of Dryden and Robert T. Mix of Lansing; three daughters, J. Geraldine Boyce of Newfield, Tammy I. Wilcox of Dryden, and Suzanne M. Mix of Ithaca; two brothers, Leslie Mix of Trumansburg, and Donald Mix of Odessa; three sisters, Maise Patrick of Florida and Ann Domelle of Harrisburg, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden. The Rev. Charles Marks, of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ithaca, will officiate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Willow Glen Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be made to the Tompkins Community Hospital, Office of Community Relations, c/o Julia Bonney, 201 Dates Drive.

1 comment:

  1. Leah,
    I can understand the spelling. When my mother was pregnant with me, my paternal grandmother wanted her to name the child Norbert if it was a boy and Norberta if the child was a girl. Thank goodness my mother preferred the name Pam!
    Thanks for sharing friend!