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Elizabeth Montgomery Root 1851-1909


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/5/2010 at 13:29:56

Death of Mrs. Root
Passed Away Saturday Morning After Many Weeks Illness
Death Not Unexpected
Funeral Held at Two O’clock Monday Afternoon in Presbyterian Church

Mrs. Elizabeth Root was born near Enniskillen, Ireland, April 15, 1851, and departed this life at Estherville at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 1909, aged 57 years, 9 months and 15 days. In the year 1861 she came with her parents and the family to Seneca Falls, N.Y., where they remained for about five years, moving from there to Richford, Wisconsin. On November 21, 1870, she was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony with Mr. A. D. Root at Wautoma, Wis., and to this union three children wee born, two of whom survive her. In 1872 the young couple moved to St. Paul, Nebraska, where they made their home for four years, then coming to Iowa, settled at Greene in Butler county. In the spring of 1891 they became residents of Estherville where they have lived since, winning to themselves many friends whose hearts beat in sympathy with the bereaved husband, the sons and relatives in their deep sorrow.

From early childhood she was taught to love and fear God and trained the strict discipline and reverence that is characteristic of the Protestant church of North Ireland, she always held sacred the church with its services, its devotions and its precepts. In 1880 she identified herself with the Presbyterian church at Greene, Iowa, and since coming to Estherville has been a member of the Presbyterian church and faithful to its services until prevented by her last illness. During the weeks that have elapsed since her last attendance upon the services she has diligently inquired about the work and earnestly requested that she might be remembered in the devotions and prayers of the church.

The genial and happy disposition that characterized Mrs. Root brought joy and sunshine into the home and won for her a place in the affection and love of those with whom she came in contact. These eighteen years of residence in the city of Estherville served to secure to Mr. and Mrs. Root and family an abiding affection and appreciation in the hearts of the citizens and in this hour of bereavement the people of our city and all who have been permitted to enjoy their friendship and companionship join the family and relatives in mourning the loss sustained in the death of a faithful wife and companion, a loving mother and a dear friend.

Besides a husband and two sons Charles and Frank Root, four brothers, James Montgomery of Worthington, Minn., Henry and William Montgomery of Greene, Iowa, and John Montgomery of this city, and one sisters, Mrs. Jane Montgomery, of Clear Lake, Iowa, are left to mourn her death.

Funeral services were held at two o’clock Monday afternoon in the Presbyterian church in charge of Rev. Edward Campbell and the remains followed to their last resting place in Oak Hill cemetery by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, February 3, 1909)

Mrs. A. D. Root Dies of Cancer
After a Lingering Illness of Several Months Death Came to Her Relief Early Saturday Morning
Funeral Held Monday
Was One of Estherville’s Most Highly Respected Ladies

After a prolonged illness, Mrs. A. D. Root died at her home in this city early Saturday morning of cancer of the throat. Funeral which was largely attended was held from the Presbyterian church at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. Edward Campbell preaching a most touching and consoling sermon. The floral offerings were many and very beautiful. Interment was had in Oak Hill cemetery. [Remainder included in Estherville Democrat] (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, February 3, 1909)


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