Mrs Susannah Firth Funeral
(Alfred's first wife, Mary Elizabeth Firth died 10 December 1920)
The Late Mrs. FIRTH. — The funeral of the late Mrs. Susannah Firth, wife of Mr. Alfred Firth, of The Shrubberies [sic], Manor-rd., whose death at the age of 73 was recorded in last week's Lynn News, took place on Saturday in the village churchyard. Mrs. Firth and her husband came to reside at Dersingham in 1875, before the restoration of the parish church, and she and her family always occupied, whenever they could get to church, the same pew as was allotted to them by the churchwardens on the re-opening of the sacred building.
The first part of the funeral service took place in the parish church, the vicar (Rev. R.W.M. Lewis) officiating. A full, robed choir was in attendance and Mr. E. Rye was at the organ. Psalm xc was chanted and the hymn "They whose course on earth is o'er" was sung. The coffin, of plain oak, bore a brass plate, inscribed "Susannah Firth, died at Dersingham, Dec 14 aged 73."
The family mourners were Mr. A. Firth, husband: Messrs. F.G. and H. Firth, sons; Mrs. H. Firth, daughter-in-law.
Among a large and representative number of people present were: Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Tingey Mrs. Reudi, Mrs. Woodward, Mr. Tansley, Mr, and Mrs. A. J. Chilvers, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Parker, Mrs. R.W. Lewis, Capt. Brown, Miss Balfour, Mrs. J. Jarvis, Mr and Mrs. Linford, Supt. and Mrs. W. Maries, Mr. Jones (West Newton), Mr. and March, Mr. Bland (Sandringham), Mrs. Emma Lines, Mr. and Mrs. Stanton, Mrs Richard Stanton, Mrs. W.H. Smith, Mrs. Langley, Mrs. Downing, Mr. R. Painter and Miss Painter, Mr. James Chambers, Miss H. Chambers, Mr. Jabez Chambers, Mr. H. and Mrs. Walden, Miss Walden, Miss Mann, Mrs, Cross, Mr. Harrison (Wolferton), Mr. Rainbow (Sandringham), Mr. A.L. Tuck, Mr. J. Emmerson and many from Sandringham, West Newton and surrounding villages who desired to pay their last tribute of respect to a very dear and kind friend. As the coffin was borne from the church the Nunc Dimittis was sung. The interment was in a grave adjacent to those of Mr Firth’s son and daughter.
There were floral remembrances from husband, Fred and Nell, Buff and Aileen, little Pat, M.S. and E. Pett and family, Mrs Shanley and family, Miss Lillie Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, Mary Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Smith, Capt. Brown and Miss Balfour, Mr. Harry Walden, Mr. and Mrs. Jannoch and family, Mrs. Langley and Mr. and Mrs. Prike, Mrs. Rutland and Mr. H. D. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Woodward, Mr. and Mrs, Wheeler, Mrs. Mann and Alice, Mrs. Finch, Mrs. Lucy Bunn, Mr. and Mrs. R. Daniels, Alice Savory, Violet Daniels.
[From a 'Lynn News' newspaper clipping ]