Merced Express, Merced, CA. Friday March 25, 1898. Page 3.
Death of Mrs. Francisca A. Griffith.
Mrs. Francisca A. Griffith, a pioneer lady of this county died at her home in West Merced on Saturday evening last after a lingering illness, and at the age of 65 years.
Mrs. Griffith was born at sea while her parents were on the way to Mexico, and was married to the late Dr. Griffith in Mexico. In 1848, Dr. and Mrs. Griffith left Mexico and came to Merced county locating on the Merced river near Hopeton, where she lived until about fifteen years ago when she and her family removed to Merced.
Mrs. Griffith was proverbial for her many acts of charity and kindness to those who needed such.
She was a kindly nature, a generous soul and a warm heart which endeared her to all who knew her, and her character was a combination of all those qualities that make up a noble lady, and thus she passed away a devoted and kind friend and a good neighbor.
When the dark clouds had gathered around her just before death she fully realized that the silver cords had been loosened, and the golden bowl was about to be broken, life’s mission is ended, and Jesus has smoothed my way for a happy life beyond skies. My sons be good men, and religion will make you happy.
The deceased leaves two sons Frank Griffith, of Hanford, and Fred T. Griffith, of Merced who fully realize the loss that they have sustained in the death of a kind and loving mother.
The funeral took place from the Catholic church Tuesday morning last and was attended by a large number of friends, especially by the old pioneer's of the county.
Transcribed by: Alma Stone