The Mount Ayr Record-News, August, 1927
OBITUARY - MRS. J. H. SPICER.
Martha ELLIS was born May 2, 1853, in Douglas county, Illinois, near Arcola. She
was the second child of Steven and Susan (KITE) ELLIS. Her mother died when she was
eighteen months old and she moved to Missouri with her father. They lived near
Kirksville. Later they moved to Davis county, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood.
She was married to J. H. SPICER January 28, 1875. To this union, seven children were
born. Two preceded her in death, Willie, who died at the age of nine, and Mrs.
Olive STIVINGS who died in 1907.
They moved from Davis county to Ringgold county
in the spring of 1897, settling on a farm near Benton. They have lived near here
ever since. She made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Zelpha CUTSHALL, for about
14 years and four years ago came to make her home with her two sons, Guy and
Clyde. During these four years her health was failing. Through her sickness she
was always patient, pleasant and cheerful. She was never happier than at times she
could be helpful to her children, granchildren and others.
When she was fifteen
years of age she united with the Methodist Episcopal church. During her younger
life she took an active part as a teacher in the Sunday school. She has always
been a faithful follower of the Savior.
She passed away at the home of her
son Clyde on January 27, 1927, aged 73 years, six months and 25 days. She leaves to
mourn her death her husband and five children: Mrs. Carrie KELLER of Ravve, Mont.;
Guy SPICER of near Mount Ayr, Iowa; Alvin (sic) SPICER of Diagonal, Iowa; Clyde SPICER
of Benton, Iowa: and Mrs. Zelpha CUTSHALL of Kansas City, Kansas. She also leaves
thirteen grandchildren, three great granchildren and a host of other relatives and
friends.O, dear mother, how we miss you
Since you went away today;
O, how lonesome is our home
Which is all in sadness now.
O, dear mother, how we
Miss your tender words and cares,
You who shared our joys and
And in our troubles counseled there.
O, dear mother, how we miss you,
Miss your face so kind and true.
Miss those hands that were always busy,
Though so cold and silent now,
O, dear mother, how we miss you,
Though to your
Savior you have gone,
And may we all meet you there
In that happy home.
Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ in Benton by Elder J. D. DILLE,
assisted by Rev. KENT of Des Moines [with interment at Marshalltown Cemetery
near Benton, Ringgold County, Iowa].______________
Card of Thanks.
We wish to take this means of
expressing our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindess to
us during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother, and for the beautiful
J. H. SPICER AND CHILDREN
NOTE: James H. SPICER was born in 1850, and died in 1941 with interment at
Marshalltown Cemetery near Benton. Of James H. and Martha (ELLIS) SPICER's
Alva SPICER was born April 2, 1882, and died March 3, 1958 with interment
at Marshalltown Cemetery near Benton beside his wife Dora (1889-1965);and,
Clyde SPICER was born September 24, 1886, and died January 5, 1978 with
interment at Marshalltown Cemetery near Benton beside his wife Grace (1889-1960).
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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