The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, June 13, 1907
MYRTLE ESTHER, daughter of PHILIP A. and LYDIA J. ROCKEY, was born May 7, 1886, in Russell, Iowa, and her spirit was called away by the angel of death June 3, 1907, at Hemingsford, Neb.
MYRTLE spent her childhood and young womanhood in Russell, graduating from the Russell High School May 25, 1904, then attending College for a time and spending the last two years of her life in the south and west. She united with the Presbyterian Church when but a child and continued faithful to that church home until called to be a member of that home above. Before passing away, in talking with her father, she expressed her willingness to go and was ready to meet her Savior. For all the tokens of love she wished to thank her many friends.
She has gone to join her mother, who preceded her a little less than a year ago. A sorrowing father is left to mourn the loss of both wife and daughter
A host of relatives and friends extend heartfelt sympathy to him in this dark hour of trials.
MYRTLE has gone from us but the influence of her pure, sweet life will live on.
Her life is ended; She has fulfilled the mission for which God intended her and now He has called her home.
Funeral discourse: John 11:35 and Timothy 1:10, Subject, "The meaning of our Tears, or Life through Death." Funeral poem, Longfellow's "The Reaper and the Flowers."
Services conducted by Rev. S.A. Soxe at the Presbyterian Church, assisted by Revs. Rusk and Stote.
The floral decorations were profuse and beautiful, tender messages of love and sympathy. At the close of the services the remains were gently laid to rest in the Russell Cemetery.
The following resolutions were adopted by the Christian Endeavor Society:
Whereas; -- The great and supreme Ruler of the Universe has, in His infinite wisdom, removed from among us, one of our most admired and most beloved young lives, that of MYRTLE ESTHER ROCKEY, and whereas, because of long and intimate relation held with her in the faithful discharge of her duties, as organist, president, and efficient co-laborer for Christ, in this society it becomes eminently benefiting that we record our appreciation of a service so faithful and a life so pure, therefore,
Be it resolved; -- That the interest and ability, promptness, and efficiency which she has shown in our society by her service, contributions, and especially the influence of that quiet and pure life, will be held in grateful remembrance.
Furthermore, Resolved; -- That the sudden removal of such a life from among our midst leaves a vacancy and a shadow that will be deeply realized by all the members of the society, and will prove a serious loss to this organization, to the church, and to the whole community.
Resolved; -- That with deep sympathy for the bereaved father, now alone, we express our hope that even so great a loss to us all, may be overruled for good, by Him who doeth all things well. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert December 21, 2004 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~ialucas/Main.htm
*note: see message number 22 of this board for her mother's obituary.