Marovia Burgess ARNOTE
Marovia M. Burgess was born near Knoxville in
Ray County, Missouri on May 12, 1846. It was here that
she spent her childhood and went to school. She accepted
Christ at a young age and united with the Methodist
Church at Knoxville.
She married Andrew Arnote on October 28, 1866 probably in
Ray County, Missouri. When Andrew was converted in 1873
and united with the Bethel Church of Christ in Christian
Union in Ray County, Marovia also united with the Bethel
Church. Marovia and Andrew had eleven children, three
having died in infancy or early childhood. The children
were Edgar, Walter, Arthur, Albert, Ernest, Ralph, Perry,
Wesley, Minnie, and Lillian, and an infant son.
In 1891 Marovia, or Rovia as she sometimes signed her
name, moved with her husband and family to Kingfisher
County, Oklahoma. She joined the membership of the Church
of Christ in Christian Union at Union Chapel near
Hennessey, the first church of that order in Oklahoma.
She remained a faithful member of the church until her
death at age seventy. She was a relentless worker for the
Christian Union Council, having never missed a council
meeting in Oklahoma. Nearly all the temperance reports
were written by her hand. She was highly esteemed and
loved by all.
Her love and devotion to family was evidenced
by the many cards and letters sent to loved ones near and
far. In a letter dated Feb. 24, 1915, Marovia writes a
letter of encouragement to her great granddaughter
Mary to "learn all you can in school, always be a
good girl and you will have many friends through
life." Her letters give a glimpse into their daily
lives, of their blessings and their hardships and their
and determination, and sometimes sickness.
On July 20, 1916, after a 3 and 1/2 month
battle with breast cancer, Marovia passed away peacefully
at the home of her daughter, Lillian Sperry. She was
recovering from surgery and being cared for by her
daughter when she suffered a stroke. Her body was laid to
rest in the Hennessey Cemetery.
In Morovia's obituary, her bereaved husband wrote: We
were born and raised within 1 and 1/2 miles of each
other, played together when children, went to school
together, have lived together 49 years and nine months
and will soon be together forever where sorrow and
parting shall be no more. Marovia waited twenty one years
before her beloved Andrew joined her at the Pearly Gates.
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