Hutchinson, Rose (nee Appleby) (1872-1901)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1903

Transcription of Obituary in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by A. Wood

By the sudden death of Mrs. Hutchinson, on the 16th day of December, 1901, our Holdforth Street society lost a real friend.

She was born in Leeds on September 27th, 1872, and thus it will be seen that the Master called her home at the early age of 29.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Appleby, so well known throughout the Leeds and York district, for their interest in Primitive Methodism. Born into a Christian home, her first religious ideas and impressions were received there. From her earliest days she was associated with the Holdforth Street Church. Taken there when very young to the Sunday school, she was never connected with any other church or Sunday school. Her decision for Jesus Christ was made there, during the mission services conducted in 1885 by Misses Lewis and Bullas, and from this time until her death she was a loyal and useful member of the church.

Her departure from us was felt to be the more severe and sorrowful by the fact that she had only been married since February 26th, 1901, not ten months at the time of her decease. The few months were months of real happiness and comfort. The future seemed full of brightness and promise, but we do not see far into our Father’s plans, for suddenly we were all plunged into grave anxiety, and then into the sense of a great sorrow and loss. The baby, born a week before her death, survives her. Many are the prayers which have commended it to the loving care of its mother’s God.

Among those who have felt the bereavement most keenly are her husband and Mr. and Mrs. Appleby and their family. This being the first break into the family circle, the blow was likely to be felt the heavier. In the hour of darkness and trial they were comforted by the sympathy and prayers of their friends, but beyond this the strength of Christ was given to them, and they were thus enabled to believe and repeat under the very shadow of death, “His mercy never dies.”

Wherever Mrs. Hutchinson was known she was respected as a consistent, faithful, unostentatious, Christian woman. At home she was industrious and kind, in the church dependable and loyal, abroad candid and true. Of her it has been truly said over and over again, “The better you knew her, the more you respected her.” She was of a retiring disposition, but still never shirked any work she felt her Lord desired her to do.

The funeral took place on December 18th. A service was held in Holdforth Street Chapel, which was attended by a very large company of sorrowing and sympathetic friends. The Revs. E. Dalton, E. Richardson, A. Wood, and Mr. W.J. Nichol took part in the service: Mr. Dalton, who had known the deceased since childhood, paying a most tender tribute to her memory. The interment took place in New Wortley Cemetery. The service at the graveside was conducted by the writer. We are comforted by the fact that the grave does not hold her. She lives in the mansions Christ went to prepare. She is not dead, but gone before. The sorrowing husband and family have much to comfort them in the sweet remembrance of the example she set us all, and of her loving devotion to Christ and His Church.


Rose was born to parents Anthony and Elizabeth. Anthony was a provision dealer and confectioner.

Rose worked as a milliner’s assistant before her marriage.

She married Thomas Craven Hutchinson (1877-1941). Thomas was a baker. They had one child.

  • Jane Rose (1901-1977) – living with her grandmother (Elizabeth Appleby) in 1911; married Leonard D Roberts in 1929


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