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GRAMBLING, Mollie (Varner)

    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 14 Mar 1921, Page 7, Contributed by Kerry L. Miller


Mrs. Josiah Grambling Died of Apoplexy in Her Bed Yesterday


Mrs. Josiah GRAMBLING, identified with two of the oldest families of Cambria County, was found dead in bed at the GRAMBLING home near Elton, yesterday morning by her two little granddaughters, children of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert RHODES, who had been spending the weekend with the grandparents. Mrs. GRAMBLING, who is in her 62d year, paid a visit to the home of her brother Irvin VARNER, in Salix, on Friday, when she fell and slightly injured herself. She did not complain of being ill on Saturday and was working about her home as usual during the day. At an early hour yesterday morning the Rhodes children went into her room to call her, but were unable to arouse her. They informed the other members of the family, who upon investigation found life was extinct. Two physicians were called a short time later and decided that death was due to apoplexy.

Mollie (VARNER) GRAMBLING was a daughter of Jacob G. and Lydia (STRAYER) VARNER and was born in Adams Township in 1859. She was a niece of the late Mrs. STINEMAN, wife of the late Senator Jacob C. STINEMAN, for many years prominent residents of South Fork, and also of the late Stephen R. VARNER, former Chief of Police of Johnstown. Her father served in the 105th Regiment, P. V. I., during the Civil War. He died in Elton in 1906 and his widow in 1915. Miss VARNER and Josiah GRAMBLING, a grandson of the founder of Gramblingtown, near South Fork, were married in the 70’s by the Rev. Franklin P. Saylor, of the Evangelical Church. Mr. GRAMBLING survives her, with four children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one living in Pittsburgh and the other in Elton. The surviving children are Irvin, of 42 Mine, near Scalp Level; Miss Savilla GRAMBLING, of Windber; Mrs. Herbert RHODES, of Elton, and Cloyd, at home. She was a sister of Sylvester VARNER, Conemaugh; M. L. and S. L. VARNER, Dale; Grant VARNER, Elton, and Irvin VARNER, Salix.

For many years Mrs. GRAMBLING was an active worker in the United Evangelical Church of Elton, where funeral services will be held by the pastor, the Rev. John Shaffer, at 9:30 o’clock on Wednesday morning, with burial in Dunmyre Cemetery, near Elton. A number of relatives and friends from various parts of Cambria County are expected to attend the services.

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