FOBES, Lutenah M. 1869-1918
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Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:09
Lutenah M. Smith was born on a farm in Butler county, Iowa, May 22, 1869, and died at Stout, April 13, 1918. She was the youngest daughter of R. J. Smith and wife. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to New Hartford where they remained only a few years, when they moved to Steamboat Rock, and at the age of 9 years her parents moved to Grundy county onto the farm now owned by Henry Freese, this place being her home. Early in life she developed a liking for portrait painting and her parents sent her to the art school in Chicago, where she spent some time. After returning home she adorned the walls of her parental home with beautiful pictures and portraits.
August 28, 1893, she was united in marriage to Clarence M. Fobes and went to live on the old Fobes homestead, which place became their home until January 18, 1909, when they moved to Stout, and lived until her death, which resulted after a three weeks sickness of pneumonia. Mrs. Fobes was the mother of five children, Homer R., Warren L., Cleo M., Cynthia M., and Olive Elsie. She leaves her sorrowing husband, one daughter, Cynthia and one brother, A. E. Smith, of New Hartford; three sisters, Mrs. Lorah A. McPherson, Josephine, Ala.; Mrs. Olive K. Peck and Mrs. Jennie Green of Sully Springs, N.D., to mourn her death. She was a mother to one orphan boy, Leon Brown, who made his home with them for about 12 years and was very dear to her. During the winter of 1912-13, during the pastorate of Rev. Davis, she received Christ as her Savior and King and remained strong in the faith until Christ spoke, "come up high dearly beloved" and she surrendered to his will. While no church nor lodge could claim her she united with that great throng and church on high. Early in childhood she attended the Universalist church and Sunday school and embraced that faith, and during her last sickness she said to her husband "I am saved" and requested that he call Rev. Trimble, a former pastor, to speak a few comforting words to the ones she was soon to leave and requested them to sing "Will Your Anchor Hold."
Funeral services were held Monday April 15, at the M.E. church in Stout, Rev. Trimble of Brandon officiating, assisted by Rev. Weaver of Dike. Interment was made beside her children who died in infancy in Fairfield cemetery. S. S. Huntley and five sons, cousins of Mr. Fobes, acted as pall bearers.
Mrs. Fobes was no society woman and her home and family were always uppermost in her mind. She always had a good word to speak to her friends and she will be greatly missed by her husband and her daughter, as the home will be so lonesome now that mother is gone. Blessed are they that die in the name of the Lord.
Those who attended the funeral from a distance are: Mrs. Olive Peck of North Dakota, A. L. Fobes of Glyndon, Minn., S. S. Huntley and wife and son of Cedar Falls.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 April 1918, pg 4
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