FRIDLEY - In the bounds of the West Branch congregation, Ogle County, Ill., Sister Martha E. Fridley, daughter of Samuel and Mary Garber, was born at Maryland Station, Ill., February 22, 1852. Departed this life at her home in Mount Morris, Ill., August 31, 1932, aged 80 years, 6 months and 9 days.
She became a member of the Old German Baptist Church in early life and remained a true and faithful member of this faith until death. In 1870, she was united in marriage to Bro. Daniel Flora. To this unon four children were born, all of whom died in early childhood. Three daughters passed away with diptheria within a week - and her husband departed this life in 1885.
In 1888 she was united in marriage to Bro. David Fridley, who departed this life in 1899. In 1902 she was united in marriage to Bro. Benjamin Fridley who preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1923. For the past six years "Aunt Martha" as she was commonly called, has been a helpless invalid and cared for most patiently by her step-daughter, Miss Bessie Fridley.
In her vigorous days she devoted her most efficient efforts in promoting her religious faith and strengthening her young friends in Christian character. He capability enabled her to do much for the church, and for a number of years the full management for the communion services at the little church at West Branch, Ill., was left to her and many other responsible duties were placed in her care which she performed most cheerfully and well for the upbuilding of Christ's kingdom.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sarah Lutz of Oak Park, Ill., one step-son, Benjamin Fridley of Akron, Ohio, two step-daughters, Mrs. Luther Garber of Modesto, Calif., and Miss Bessie Fridley of Mt. Morris, Ill., and many other relatives and friends. But we need not weep as those who have no hope. Thus one by one we are crossing over to the other shore. Let us prepare to meet our Lord when He calls us to go, and there we shall rest from our labors and our works shall follow us.
The funeral was conducted at the Church of the Brethren in Mount Morris by Brethren J. W. Skiles and O. A. Custer, both of Ind., assisted by Pastor McCune of the Church of the Brethren. Text, John 11:28, Isaiah 38:1,2, also 91st Psalm was read. Hymns selected were 483, 384 and 498.
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Copied from "The Tie That Binds the Samuel Garber Family" - 2007, Linda A. Thompson, Modesto, CA
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