Mrs. Holton was the wife of the late Hiram S. Holton and a daughter of Alexander McDonald, the first attorney to practice law in Lake County. He was admitted to the bar to practice in 1839 in the county's first log court house.
The deceased was 84 years of age and came to Crown Point in '39 with her father and sister, the latter, now dead, having been the wife of Dr. Poppe, who for many years was also a resident of early Crown Point.
Gertrude McDonald was born in the state of New York and was about five years of age when she came west with her father. At the age of sixteen years, with her sister, she was enrolled as a student in St. Mary's Academy at Notre Dame, where her education was completed. Following shortly after, she married Hiram S. Holton, who preceded her in death by a number of years. All of her life was spent in Crown Point and Indianapolis, the latter part in Chicago in the home of her daughter.
Death was due to complications of old age. During the past two years she was practically bedfast and under the constant care of a trained nurse. Her last months on earth were peaceful, as her life had been for over four score years. Those who were intimately acquainted with her during her long life knew her as a beautiful character, a loving mother and a cherished friend.
She is survived by three sons and a daughter -- Mrs. Walter Woods, of Chicago; Winifred B. Holton, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Hoyt A., of Washington, D.C., and Charles of Toledo, O.
The funeral services were held in Maplewood Cemetery in this city during the afternoon at the side of her late husband, Hiram S. Holton. Rev. R.A. White, of Chicago, read a short service at the grave.
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