Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) On March 13, 1918, Mrs. Lucretia Garfield*, widow of President James A. Garfield, passed away at her home in South Pasadena. The 85 year old former First Lady died of pneumonia in the early morning hours.
Mrs. Garfield had won the admiration and respect of the Nation for her "remarkable calm and courage" during her husband's long months of agony after the attempted assassination.
She attended the inauguration of her husband's successor, Chester A. Arthur, but did not have any contact with him afterwards. It was said she "never trusted" him. Later Mrs. Garfield would support the Progressive Party's 1912 candidate, Theodore Roosevelt.
Mrs. Garfield moved to South Pasadena in 1901.
*Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (1832-1918) was born Garrettsville, Ohio & attended Geauga Seminary & Hiram College. LRG was a teacher of French, Algebra & Latin. She married James A. Garfield in 1858. They had 2 daughters & 5 sons. LRG served as First Lady from March to Sept 1881.
"First Ladies Biography: Lucretia Garfield", National First Ladies Library, www.firstladies.org/
"Widow of Martyred President Garfield Dies in California", The Wyoming Tribune, 3:30 p.m. edition, March 13, 1918. www.lexanteinternet.blogspot.com/ March 13, 2018.