Obituary from Jefferson Bee 4/16/1913, page 1, “Death of Mrs. Wilson, Came to the County in 1868, Passing of One of the Noble Pioneer Women of Northern Greene County. The death of Mrs. Martha Ann Wilson, which occurred a the home of her son, Judson W. Wilson, in Jefferson, on April 5, takes from our midst one of those noble Christian wives and mothers whose life has been a power for good throughout the forty-five years of her residence in Greene county. A great-hearted, hospitable, motherly soul, a kind neighbor, a friend of the poor and the distressed, devoted to her family, her memory lingers as a benediction upon all with whom she came intimately in contact.
“Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Jefferson at 10 o’clock Wednesday, April 9, conducted by Mrs. Wilson’s pastor, Rev. Boyd, of Glidden, assisted by Rev. Kirkendall, of Jefferson. The attendance was large, and a wealth of beautiful flowers covered the casket. The remains were taken to Churdan at noon, and laid to rest beside those of the husband who lies sleeping in the Churdan cemetery. A large company of friends met the funeral party at Churdan, and accompanied them to the place of interment.
“Martha Ann Fitz was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, on January 13, 1844, the daughter of Henry and Jane Fitz. In 1853, when about nine years of age, she came with her parents to Linn County, Iowa, where they settled on a farm. There she was united in marriage with Edgar N. Wilson on the 26th day of November, 1863. To this union were born seven children, five of whom survive their mother, as follows: Henry E. Wilson and Mrs. Carrie C. Nowles, of Des Moines; Judson W. Wilson, of Jefferson; George R. Wilson, of Portland, Oregon; and Alma F. Wilson, of Glidden. All these surviving children were in attendance upon their mother’s funeral. Two other children, George E. and Mrs. Ermina J. Bishop, preceded their mother to the Other Country.
“Mr. and Mrs. Wilson came to Greene county from eastern Iowa in 1868, and settled on a farm five miles west of Churdan, where they lived for nearly 25 years and reared their family. The husband and father as stricken with death in January, 1891, at the age of 54 years, and after that the widow left the farm and moved to Churdan, where she resided until 1900, when she moved to Glidden and bought a home in which she lived till the time of her death. About the first of the present year she came to Jefferson to visit her son Judson Wilson, and on account of ill health did not return to her home. She was seriously ill only a few days. Her ailment was heart trouble, with complications due to advanced age. She passed away very peacefully, with full confidence of awakening in that House not Made with hands, toward which she had striven throughout her earthly pilgrimage.
“Mrs. Wilson became a Christian in her childhood, and was ever consistent and loyal to her early faith. She joined the Methodist church in Churdan in 1891, and transferred her membership to Glidden when she removed there. She was noted for her good works and her support of all that was truest and best in life. Besides her children, she leaves to mourn her one brother, J.W. Fitz, of Jefferson; and three sisters, Mesdames McRoberts and Rogers, of Churdan, and Smith, of Ogden. Also fourteen grandchildren, and countless friends who join with these relatives in sincere sorrow over her death.”
Note: Martha Fitz Wilson was my gg grandmother.
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