Rachel Mainwaring

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Rachel Mainwaring
b: 28 Oct 1861
d: 13 Mar 1946
Biography
Death In Sleep For Mrs. Herman Roleke

Died Early Wednesday Morning At Home Of Mrs. M. C. Cole

Born in Bethany in 1861

Final Rites Will Be at 2:30 P.M. Tomorrow (Friday) at Haas Funeral Home; Burial at Pythian Cemetery

As John Joy Bell wrote: "Always somebody goin' away - somebody gettin' home," seems appropriate as we chronicle the deaths the last few months of so many pioneer citizens of Bethany.

While Mrs. Rachel Roleke, 84, widow of Herman Roleke, had been in failing health since Christmas and had been taken to the home of her daughter Mrs. M.C. Cole and Mr. Cole, where she could have every comfort and care, her death, early Wednesday morning, came as a shock to members of the family and to many Bethany friends. She had insisted late Tuesday night that her daughter, and son Joe Roleke who had arrived that morning from Denver, Colo., go to bed and get their rest. Mrs. Cole awakening about 2:30 yesterday morning went to her mother's room and the death angel had come, practically at that time. She went without a struggle while she slept.

Pioneer Mother

Mrs. Roleke, a pioneer mother of this city, was born in Bethany on Oct. 28, 1861, the daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth (Henry) Mainwaring. Her parents were born in Liverpool, England, and came to this country when quite young.

Mrs. Roleke possessed a strong Christian character and was a faithful worker for many years in the Bethany Christian church. Of late years she transferred her membership to the Seven Day Adventists, a belief which she felt gave her more comfort during her declining years. At all times, however, regardless of church affiliation, Mrs. Roleke was found where she was most needed, ministering to and serving her family and friends.

Life-long Resident

To her, Bethany was almost a paradise, and she spent her entire life within its confines with the exception of visits to her children in Colorado. The writer of this article recalls how she was always happy to return home, and vowed never to leave again the community of her birth and residence for four score years.

Rachel, when 21 years of age, was married on March 12, 1882, to Herman Roleke. Her death came the day following their 62nd wedding anniversary. To this union six children were born. Three daughters, Mabel, Lena, wife of C.E. Poland, and Agnes, wife of Dee Scott, preceded her in death. Surviving children are Gertrude, wife of J. Harvey Burris, and Joe B. Roleke, both of Denver, Colo., and Hazel, wife of M.C. Cole of Bethany. Mr. Roleke passed away April 17, 1930, and Mrs. Roleke soon moved from their home, located at beautiful Roleke Park, to an apartment in her building just south of the city hall.

Happy Hours Remembered

The name of Roleke is always associated with the Park, where many of the older and younger citizens of Bethany and community, were made welcome by the hospitality of Mrs. Herman Roleke. Boys and girls of yesteryear, now men and women, will never forget the happy hours in that beauty spot of Bethany.

Now they feel in the words of the beautiful song "Goin' Home," that Mrs. Roleke's work is done, her cares are laid by and quiet-like she went home, where are gathered so many dear ones and friends she knew. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at the Haas funeral home by the Rev. C.A. Mock of St. Joseph. Mrs. H.C. Shroyer will sing. Burial will be in the family lot at Pythian cemetery.
Facts
  • 28 Oct 1861 - Birth -
  • 14 Mar 1946 - Burial - Miriam Cemetery ; Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
  • 13 Mar 1946 - Death - ; Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Ancestors
   
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Josiah Mainwaring
19 Oct 1817 - 17 Apr 1907
  
  
  
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Rachel Mainwaring
28 Oct 1861 - 13 Mar 1946
  
 
  
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Elizabeth Henry
26 Apr 1822 - 29 Nov 1907
  
  
  
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Descendancy Chart
Rachel Mainwaring b: 28 Oct 1861 d: 13 Mar 1946
Herman Roleke b: 2 Apr 1862 d: 17 Apr 1930
Hazel Roleke b: 1 Oct 1892 d: 20 Jun 1975
Melverne Clark Cole b: 24 Dec 1894 d: 16 Dec 1979
Helena "Lena" Roleke b: 28 Jan 1885 d: 6 Dec 1920
Agnes G. Roleke b: 12 Nov 1898 d: 3 Nov 1943
Robert Dee Scott b: 20 Sep 1894 d: 26 Nov 1974
Robert Carlyle Scott b: 22 May 1923 d: 19 Oct 1978
Juanita Pauline Moon b: 5 Jan 1923 d: 4 Jun 1996
Annetta Scott b: 8 Dec 1919 d: 17 Dec 1919
Mabel Roleke b: 1 Apr 1889 d: 23 Nov 1906
Gertrude Roleke b: 7 Feb 1887 d: 29 Jul 1970
James Harvey Burris b: 2 Sep 1881 d: 29 Feb 1976
Joseph B Roleke b: 4 Sep 1891 d: 16 Jul 1950
Esther Caroline Carlson b: 10 Aug 1894 d: 17 Mar 1987
Jacquelyn Jeanne Roleke b: 02 Apr 1928 d: 01 Sep 2004
Lewis Raymond Beckett b: 6 Mar 1926 d: 1 Oct 1962
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Josiah Mainwaring
Birth19 Oct 1817Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Death17 Apr 1907
Marriageto Elizabeth Henry
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Mother?
PARENT (F) Elizabeth Henry
Birth26 Apr 1822Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Death29 Nov 1907
Marriageto Josiah Mainwaring
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Mother?
CHILDREN
FRachel Mainwaring
Birth28 Oct 1861
Death13 Mar 1946Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Marriageto Herman Roleke
MJosiah Mainwaring Jr
Birth19 Oct 1847
Death18 May 1930
Marriageto Lydia Harris
MThomas Mainwaring
Birth28 Sep 1863
Death22 Sep 1864
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Herman Roleke
Birth2 Apr 1862Hanover, Germany
Death17 Apr 1930 Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Marriageto Rachel Mainwaring
FatherJoseph Frederich Roleke
MotherKaroline Emilie Schultze
PARENT (F) Rachel Mainwaring
Birth28 Oct 1861
Death13 Mar 1946 Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Marriageto Herman Roleke
FatherJosiah Mainwaring
MotherElizabeth Henry
CHILDREN
FHazel Roleke
Birth1 Oct 1892
Death20 Jun 1975
Marriage31 Oct 1929to Melverne Clark Cole at Jackson Co., Missouri
FHelena "Lena" Roleke
Birth28 Jan 1885
Death6 Dec 1920
Marriageto Charles Earl Poland
FAgnes G. Roleke
Birth12 Nov 1898Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Death3 Nov 1943Denver, Denver Co., Colorado
Marriage17 Jan 1918to Robert Dee Scott
FMabel Roleke
Birth1 Apr 1889
Death23 Nov 1906
FGertrude Roleke
Birth7 Feb 1887
Death29 Jul 1970
Marriageto James Harvey Burris
MJoseph B Roleke
Birth4 Sep 1891Bethany, Harrison Co., Missouri
Death16 Jul 1950Denver, Denver Co., Colorado
Marriageto Esther Caroline Carlson

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