Prominent in the social and religious life of Danville for many years, who died Monday afternoon at her residence, 415 North Gilbert street, following an illness of several months.
MRS. W.E. FITHIAN,
CIVIC LEADER, DIES
Had Been Prominent In Social
And Religious Life of City
Mrs Fithian had been hill since last spring, but her condition did take a turn a short time ago. She had been confined to her bed for about three weeks.
Born in Perrysville, Ind., May 18, 1865, the daughter of Albert and Rachel Shelby Head. She attended schools in Perrysville and later at St. Mary’s of the Woods, near Terre Harte, graduating in 1883.
Her father was one of the early day business men in Perrysville, owning the old woolen mill. The family moved to Danville about 1880. Two sisters of the deceased, Mrs. Dode Head McDowell and Mrs. Rose Head Wainscott, are both deceased, Mrs. Fithian being the last of the family.
She was married to William E. Fithian in February, 1897. No children were born to the union. The sole surviving near relatives are the husband and two nieces, Mrs. Harry Webber and Mrs Cecil Jackson, both of Danville.
Mrs. Fithian was a life member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as regent of the local chapter several years ago. She was also long identified with the Danville Woman’s club and served as president of this society. She was also a member of the Home Decorative society of Danville. She was a member of the Red Cross society and during the world war served on the executive board, doing a great deal of work on behalf of the soldiers. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and until failing health forbid she took an active part in church affairs.
Mrs. Fithian had the faculty of making and holding friends and she had a large acquaintance in the city where she spent the greater part of her life.
Funeral services will be held a the home, 415 North Gilbert street, Wednesday afternoon, Dr. A. F. Ewert, minister of the First Presbyterian church officiating. Burial be in Springhill cemetery. Berhalter has charge of the funeral plans.
From: The Danville Commercial-News - Tuesday, August 22, 1933