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Edith Parriott Mahlum 1880-1928


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 4/19/2011 at 18:53:50

Mrs. A. Mahlum Passed Away Last Saturday [December 1, 1928]
Edith Parriott Mahlum was born at Aplington, Butler County, Iowa, January 18, 1880. She was the only daughter in a family of four children born to Marion and Cordelia Parriott. When eleven years old she was converted and united with the church. She at once began to show forth the fruits of a Christian life in the [unreadable] of others which interest she continued to the end of her life. At the age of twelve her parents moved to Estherville. She graduated from the high school with the class of 1898. Following her graduation she taught school for a while in this community. On June 12, 1900, she was married to Albert Mahlum. They at once settled in Estherville, which has since been their home with the exception of five years residence in Minnesota.

Mrs. Mahlumís public activities were largely connected with the church. From a youth she sang in the church choir, and later led the singing in the Sunday School, and often had part in the program of the various other church gatherings. Probably no one of our members has been asked to sing more frequently than she, and certainly no one responded more willingly. She was also active as a teacher in the Sunday School. During her experience as such she has had several classes, the members of which gratefully recall her labor of love with them, and none more so than the last class she taught, consulting of young married women. She likewise took an interest in the missionary societies and shared the labor of the Ladies Aid. In addition to her efforts in the organized activities she took a deep personal interest in individuals. It was characteristic of her to be thinking of others. Shortly before she died she spoke of some unfortunate ones and secured their relief.

In addition to her habitual consideration of others Mrs. Mahlum manifested a cheerful optimism which assured her presence a welcome in any company. Her life was a beautiful example of a genuine and deep Christian experience.

Several months ago she began to decline in health, became anemic, which with other complications caused her death on Saturday morning, December first, aged 48 years.

She is survived by her husband, daughter, Marion Ruth, and mother, in the home; also two brothers, J. Byron Parriott of Eyota, Minn., and Burt Jasper Parriott of White Salmon, Washington.

A large circle of friends throughout this community testify their personal bereavement in her passing.

The funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon in charge of her pastor, Dr. R. T. Chipperfield of the Methodist Church. Interment took place in the Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, December 5, 1928)


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