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January, 1921

Another precious mother in Israel has paid the last great debt of humanity and gone Home.

Martha, daughter of John M. and Mary A. Yoakum, was born in Randolph County, W.VA., Sept. 8, 1841. In her early girlhood days, she removed with her parents to Tucker County where she spent the remainder of her life.

In 1858, she was united in marriage to Elihu, only son of Israel and Sarah Phillips. Fifty years ago she and her young husband united with the Primitive Baptist Church at Montrose. As they journeyed along life's rugged pathway, hand in hand, with hearts throbbing in unison, they never neglected their duties to the church nor to God, but lived quiet, peaceful, christian lives.

Her husband preceded her to the grave nine yeas ago. Her health had been rapidly failing for several months, and on Sunday before she died, she said to her family: "I am not going to be with you very long; I am going home to my Heavenly Father; Do not grieve after me, all is well."

Then, on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1921 as the winter sun was kissing the frost from her native hills, at the home of her grandson and [grand]daughter, Creed and Blanch Ashby, on the old homestead on Texas Mountain, she closed her eyes to earth and in the full triumphs of a living faith, she was transferred from the church militant to the church triumphant. On Saturday, January 22, 1921, her body was laid to rest in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery beside her sainted husband. Rev. L. N. Auvil of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated paying a beautiful and loving tribute to her memory and offering many kind words of comfort and consolation to the bereaved ones, and admonishing them to mourn not as those who have no hope, but to keep their eyes steadily fixed on the star of Bethlehem, in anticipation of a glad reunion where death and sorrow will never come. Of this christian couple we can truly say: "In labor and in love allied, In death, they sleep now, side by side [unreadable]Till Christ shall raise them up again"

Martha was the mother of six daughters: Selina E., wife of John Fitzwater, Clover district; Mary A., unmarried; Nancy E., wife of S. H. Godwin, Elkins; Rachel A., wife of C. W. Shafer, Dodge City, Kansas; Eliza O., (deceased wife of J. R. Strawderman) Barbour County and Sarah T., wife of Lewis Moore, of Montrose, all of whom survive her except Eliza, who preceded her to the grave two weeks. She also has two sisters surviving, twenty-four grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends, who will ever hold her in fondest memory.

Mother Martha was an industrious worker, a kind and affectionate wife, a loving mother, a good neighbor and an exemplary christian. Her busy hands were always extended to those in need and she will be greatly missed, expecially her vacant seat in church, and her empty chair around the family fireside, which will be silent reminders that earth has lost a friend and heaven has gained an angel. Mother Martha's pleasant smile, her kind and loving voice, the gentle touch of her hand, have made an impression on the wirter's heart that will last until he too, is numbered with that silent throng who have crossed over the silent river.

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