MARIE SNOW DALE MILLER FRUITS
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 22-Jul-1963 p 6
Mrs. Snow Fruits, 71, of 1013 E. Elmore St., died Sunday morning in Bowles’ Nursing Home here after an extended illness. She had been a patient in the nursing home two weeks. She was born July 1, 1892 in Montgomery County. She twice was married. She first married Thomas Miller. Her second marriage was to Harry R. Fruits, who died in January of 1950. Mr. and Mrs. Fruits lived in Hammond for a period of time before moving to Crawfordsville. Mrs. Fruits was a member of the Shannondale Christian Church. Her only survivors are an uncle, John Dale of Ladoga and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter and a brother. Funeral services are announced for 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bright Funeral Home here. Rev. John R. Servies will officiate. Burial will be in Alamo Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.
This is how GREAT my listserve for Montgomery County is - asked who this was (obit had no maiden name per se) and within a few hours two have helped answer the questions - they are AWESOME!!
Note - thanks Jeff Scism & Kathy Lynch for helping with her maiden name -- Marie Snow Dale born 4 July 1892 married Harry Russell Fruits 7 July 1928 and died 21 July 1963. He was the son of Samuel Larkin Fruits, 1873-1946 and Sarah Katherine Krout, 1882-1959. Samuel seems to have been born in Ripley Twp and died/was buried in Alamo. His father was Michael Yeakle Fruits, 1836-1912 according to a Yeakle researcher on Ancestry.
Also received this notation on Snow Fruits
Karen, The Snow Fruits in the inquiry is my aunt by marriage to my mother's oldest brother, Harry Russell Fruits. She was fourteen years younger than her mother, who named her Snowy Frost Dale. I don't know anything about her first marriage, so don't know if there was a divorce or if she were a widow. Her daughter, Helena Miller Smith was married to a Gilbert Smith. Helena had cerebral palsy, so never had children. "Aunt Snowdie" was deaf and blind long before she passed away. She told us her doctor used to poke around in her ears when she was a child and ruptured her ear drum, so was always hard of hearing. The blindness came about due to her being diagnosed late-in-life with sugar diabetes that was never treated. She was already blind by the time my girls were little, so would touch their heads to be able to tell which one was Carla and which one was Janny, who had the curly hair. She would have cooked on a wood stove during life with Uncle Harry, and they always lived in log cabins, and didn't have electricity. When Uncle Harry died, she found her way out to the road and flagged down a neighbor who lived nearby, and got help. After Uncle Harry passed away, she moved into Crawfordsville with her parents. When they passed, she shared a home with over by Milligan Park with a Mrs. Carr. She cooked her own meals and kept a very neat house. She had to hold her finger near the burner of her gas cooking stove to tell when it was lit. When Mrs. Carr passed away, she then went to the nursing home. That's my Aunt Snow in a nut shell. I still miss her! Hope this helps whoever it was who was searching for information on her. Always my best, Joyce Jones