Obituaries and Death Notices
Martha Ellen (MAUK) WILLIS
Farmer's Friend and Allen County Democrat -- May 16, 1902
Death entered the quiet home of John W. Willis and took from him his loving companion.
Martha Ellen MAUK (newspaper gives Monk in error) was born in Page County, Virginia, Oct. 12, 1837. Came with her father to Hancock Co.,Ills. in 1851, was married to John W. WILLIS Feb 15, 1855. She received a hope in Christ in 1878, joined the Primitive Baptist church and was baptized in 1881 by Elder CASTLEBERRY. Came with her family to Allen County Kansas, arriving here Feb.27 1886, and departed this life about noon, May 8 1902, being at the time of her death 64 years, 6 months and 26 days old.
She was the mother of nine children, two dying in infancy, the other seven are all grown, married and living in Allen County, and they did all in their power to relieve their dear mother's suffering. Her disease, cancer of the right breast, caused her untold suffering yet she did not murmur, but patiently awaited the summons, "Come ye blessed of my father and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven before the foundation of the world."
She was a loving companion, and affectionate mother, an obliging neighbor and devoted Christian, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She leaves an aged and afflicted husband, two sons and five daughters, thirteen grandchildren, two sisters besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn, but we realize our loss is her great gain.
The funeral was preached at the church where her membership was on Friday at two p.m., conducted by her pastor, Elder C.R.BIXLER, assisted by John and Marion PRESTON and the remains were carried to the cemetery near by, followed by a long procession of sorrowing relatives and friends, and tenderly placed in their last resting place. The grief stricken husband and family have the sympathy of all who know them in this dark hour.
Submitted by Nancy J. Willis
903 N Kentucky, Iola, Kans. 66749