Passed away near Junction City February 7
“Mrs. Melissa M. Brabham, wife of Thomas J. Brabham, peacefully passed away at their home six miles northwest of Junction City, Oregon, February 7, 1910, at 8:30 o’clock p.m. at the age of 70 years seven months and three days.
Melissa M. Burris was born July 4, 1839, at Beverly, Washington county, Ohio. She lived with her parents until she was 16 years old, when her mother passed away, leaving a family of small children for her to care for, which she did kindly and nobly kept house for her father and cared for the younger children until she was 25 years old, at which time she took charge of Thomas J Brabham’s family of five small children, who had been left motherless by the death of their dear mother, who passed away on February 9, 1864, while their father was still as soldier in the Civil War. Upon his return home on a furlough to look after his children, Thomas J. Brabham was married to Melissa M. Burris on March 23, 1864. She was a kind and loving mother to these children, having cared for them the same as her own and who loved and respected her and were at her bedside at the last.
March 4, 1865, they moved to Moultrie county Illinois, resided there until April 25, 1876, when they moved to Ellsworth, Kansas. To this union was born seven children, four of whom survive their mother, three having passed away. Amelia Anna, who died in infancy; Edward L. died November 25, 1895; Alfred R. died October 15, 1909. The[y] resided in Kansas until September 24, 1888, then moved to Lane County, Oregon, where they have lived ever since.
She leaves a devoted husband, three stepdaughters and two sons, John T. Brabham and James H. Brabham. Sarah J. Bell of Eugene, Mary Carpenter of Monroe, Oregon and Rosilla Graham of Junction City, and also three sons, Otto W. Brabham of Eugene, Granville W. and Richard E. Brabham and one daughter Augusta Wilson all of Junction City. Also five grand children and two brothers. Wm. Burris, Kitchen, Mo. and Reuben Burris Vincent, Ohio and two sisters Mrs. Thirsa Grossett of Lents, Oregon, Mrs. John Brabham of Eugene, to more the loss of a loving wife and mother and sister, who will greatly miss her kind smiles and motherly advice. She was loved by all who knew her and was kind and patient through all her long sickness. She was a good Christian, having joined the Methodist Episcopal church in Ohio when only 12 years of age and died in good faith asking all to meet her in heaven.
‘Tis hard to break the tender cord, when love has bound the heart; ’tis hard, so hard to speak the words.
“Must we forever part?” Dearest loved one, we have laid thee in the grav’es peaceful embrace, but the memory will be cherished “till we see thy Heavenly face.
Funeral Services for the late Mrs. Melissa M Brabham will take place from the Gordon undertaking parlors on February 9, 1910 – Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Service at the parlors will be conducted by the M.E. pastor, D. Trimble, and at the grave by the ladies of the G.A.R. Rich Mountain Circle No. 4, of which she was a member. ” Eugene Morning Register, February 9, 1910, pg. 4.