Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa
Thursday, March l6, l922
MARTHA COLE was born near Helena, Arkansas, November 22, l85l, and died March 2, l922, at her home in Tabor, Iowa, at the age of 7l years, 3 months and 8 days.When about three years of age, her mother died and she was brought to Iowa and made her home with her oldest sister, MRS. MARGARET EDWARDS, in Decatur County, where she grew to womanhood.
In the full bloom of youth, she was converted and baptized by the late FREELAND EDWARDS and united with the Camden Baptist Church near Grand River.Her relation to that church continued for a long time, indeed, in spirit was never broken.She transferred her membership to the Baptist Church of Indianola, and finally to Glenwood, Iowa, from where her spirit enters forever the Church Triumphant which is without spot, through the blood of Christ -- Holy and Eternal.
On February 29, l872, she was married to JOSEPH ADAMS and to this union seven children were born; STELLA MAY BROWN, of Tabor, Iowa; CURTIS ELLWOOD, of Grand River, Iowa; VIRGIL EDGAR, of Natoma, Kansas; MARY ETHEL MCCLUNE, of Dolliver, Iowa; and DENNIS RAY, of Tabor, Iowa; WILLIAM BYRON and JAMES WESLEY as well as her beloved husband, having preceded her to the Home Beyond.
After the death of MR. ADAMS, in l907, she kept house for her son, RAY, on a farm near Van Wert, Iowa, until l9l4, when they moved to Tabor, Iowa.
MRS. ADAMS was a mother beloved by all and leaves to mourn her loss a sister, five children, 2l grandchildren and a host of friends at Tabor,Grand River and other places where she was (*can't read). Left an orphan in early life she lost a mother's care, yet through the kind influence of those with whom she made her home, good impressions were made upon her soul in those tender plastic years which bore fruitage that has strongly impressed the lives of two generations and her influence will never die.
She was a remarkable woman, for all her children were converted and are active members of their respective churches.Although she was a loyal member of the Baptist church, her spirit was bigger than that she belonged to the Great Church of the Living God.When the writer came to Tabor, she said to him, "I have been praying for a great revival for the Methodist Church and then for all Tabor."She gave me a sermon for my people the Sunday before she died, growing out of my observation of her life.How considerate she was of everybody.How tenderly did she speak of her children and how proud to know they were in the church and working for the Kingdom.How she talked about her personal relation with the Lord.How inspiring, how helpful to us all.She labored and struggled for her husband and children and friends up to the last.
She was one of God's noble women on earth so now we miss her.Only two days before her death, I had the pleasure of looking into her motherly, patient face and recited to her "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want" and like a flash of lightning she said "He is my shepherd too."Ah! Mother ADAMS we knew long ago that you knew your God and now by your final confession we know he has not failed thee.She was the embodiment of pure, simple goodness that was divine and it can be truthfully said of her, "She hath done what she could" and has now entered into rest eternal.
A short service was held the morning after her death, led by Rev. W.E. Shugg, assisted by a quartet from the Faith Home, after which the cortege proceeded to Shenandoah and to Grand River, Iowa, where on Saturday, March 4, at ll a.m., further services were held at Mt. Zion Church by Rev. Joseph Edwards, a life-long friend, whose remarks were beautiful and inspiring, agreeing with her life as manifest in our midst.The text I Cor. l5:55, "O Death, Where is Thy Sting; O Grave, Where is Thy Victory."
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