submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, December 4, 2007


From Monday’s Daily.

MRS. MARTHA ELIZABETH LENGEMANN MARK, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Wilton, passed to her heavenly home above, Feb. 20, 1902, at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 12 days, after a short illness of a few days, caused by pneumonia. It had been her wish for a number of years and when she saw that the end was near, she was quite happy for she said: “”I am going home.” The deceased was born in Germany April 8th, 1810; in 1834 she was united in marriage with Conrad Mark and in 1843 they came to this country and settled in Moscow township, Muscatine county, where they lived until 1887 at which time the husband was called home to dwell were sorrows are no more. The same year Mrs. M., with one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Mrk and her son Ed, W. B., moved to Wilton where they have since resided and have gained many friends and great respect.

The deceased was the mother of eleven children of whom five survive her viz., Mrs. Catherine Diedtrick, of Grandview, John, of Moscow township, Elizabeth, of Wilton, Henry and J. B., of this city.

She was the grandmother of 48 grandchildren, of whom 39 are living, and great grandmother of 42 great grandchildren, 36 of whom survive to mourn her loss.

The funeral ceremony was conducted from the house Feb. 22nd at 1 o’clock p.m., thence to the Presbyterian church where Rev. W. N. Hall, pastor of M. E. church (of which she was a member for the past year and a half, formerly belonging to the German M. E.) chose, probably, the most appropriate text in the scriptures, that of Job 5th chapter, 26th verse. Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh in in his season. After which a few very appropriate remarks were made by the pastor of the Presbyterian church. The remains were then taken to the Wildesin burial grounds, the following grand children acting as pall bearers: Henry, of Wilton; Geo. B., J. W., Benj., Les. Mark and J. W. Rost, of Muscatine.

Gathered gently to his glorious fold,
Safely sheltered from all harm;
Where songs of praises ne’er grow old,
She rests in God’s protecting arm.

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