Lorene Guthrie Funeral Card


Imer Lorene Guthrie was born 6 Feb 1911 in Dell, Mississippi County, Arkansas. She went by the name of Lorene.

She was the daughter of John Thomas Guthrie and Martha Matilda Morgan.

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Lorene passed away on 13 Nov 1989 in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. Hawthorne Memorial Gardens in Grants Pass is her final resting place.


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My Great Grandmother: Imer Lorene Guthrie


Imer Lorene Guthrie daughter of John Thomas Guthrie and Martha Matilda Morgan.

My great-grandmother was a sweet lady. I remember her as kind and always busy doing something. Most of my time spent at her house was outdoors in her garden and orchard. Picking cherries was my favorite. She always wore a short house coat with big pockets lined in trim. She had a beagle dock that had a funny bark, at least to my young ears. I treasure the few memories I have of her. She passed away in 1989 when I was thirteen years old.


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Treasured Memory: John Thomas Guthrie


One of the most sought after treasures by genealogists, is memory. Not computer memory, although that is nice to have too, but the memories someone shares. When a person tells a story of the past, either vocally or in writing, not only does the family historian get valuable information on events or persons from the past, but they get a unique perspective from the story teller. This colored lens, gives insight into the storyteller, a family historian will find invaluable.


Here is a short narrative given by my grandmother Virginia Abrams Fall. She is describing her maternal grandfather, John Thomas Guthrie:

“Memories of my grandpa are real good ones. He always made me feel loved. He was a great story teller. I used to set on his lap in the cool of the summer evenings in the back yard. He would always have his pipe and he would hum softly or tell me stories. He was very gentle. He had the bluest eyes that could sparkle and dark hair which turned to grey later on. His cheeks were a bright pink and of course being a farmer he was always brown.”


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John Thomas Guthrie’s Death Certificate


John Thomas Guthrie died 1 May 1962 at Parkview Baptist Hospital in Yuma, Arizona. His usual residence was on College Street in Gadsden Arizona. He was male, Caucasian and widowed. He was 83 years old at the time of death, born 21 Jan 1879 in Arkansas. John was a retired rancher. His father is listed as Samuel T. Guthrie  born in Arkansas and his mother, Jane White born in Arkansas. John died of a Cerebral Hemorrhage. The informant for his death certificate was his daughter Margaret M. Blohm.


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John Thomas Guthrie Obituary


John T. Guthrie

Gadsden Pioneer

Dies At Age 83

John Thomas Guthrie 83, retired rancher who had lived for the past 45 years in the Gadsden area, died yesterday at Parkview Baptist Hospital, it was announced at the Johnson Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held in the Johnson Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with Ted Vollmer of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.

Viewing hours at the chapel will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

He was born in Arkansas, Jan. 2, 1879.

Surviving are a son, Chester of Gadsden, three daughters, Mrs. Edith Criswell of Taft, Califor., Mrs. Imre Malisch of Grants Pass, Ore., and Mrs. Margaret Blohm of Somerton; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

The Yuma Daily Sun, 2 May 1962



Here is a little more background on John Thomas Guthrie. He was born 2 January 1879 in Craighead County Arkansas, which is located in the northeastern part of the state. He was the youngest child of Samuel S. Guthrie and Mary Jane White. Sadly, John lost his father when he was three years old and his mother when he was five. There are stories roaming around the genealogical world that tells what happens to John and his siblings after they were orphaned, none of which are verified yet.

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