A Martha C. THRIFT married Frank LaMont BEDELL December 28, 1881, possibly in Ringgold Co IA. She was b. October 1, 1860 in IA, per BEDELL family records and the 1885 Nebraska state census. Their children were Rolla Addison BEDELL, b. in IA April 11, 1883; Edna BEDELL, b. March 17, 1885 in NE (probably Lillian Tp, Custer Co). Per family records she m. an Earl JOHNSON and had a son Frank; Arthur L. BEDELL, b. Feb 3, 1883 in Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA, d. May 15, 1916 and bur. Bethel Cemetery, Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA; Golda BEDELL, b. Aug. 1890 and m. a Garland GENTRY; William Ernest BEDELL, b. Oct. 2, 1893 Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA and d. Dec. 11, 1915, bur. Bethel Cemetery, Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA; Glenn Orville BEDELL, b. April 5, 1896 Grant Tp, d. July 7, 1897, bur. Bethel Cemetery; Sylvia Lovella BEDELL, b. Sept. 26, 1898, d. 1919, m. Ray KLICKNER and had daughters Velma and Louanna; Loyal Elbert BEDELL, b. Feb. 22, 1906 and d. Feb 28, 1906, Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA, bur. Bethel Cemetery.
Martha's husband Frank BEDELL d. Dec. 19, 1912 Grant Tp, Ringgold Co IA and is also bur. Bethel Cemetery. Per family records, Martha lived until Nov. 5, 1949, but have been unable to find her or her married children on census records.
Burial places confirmed per Gravestone Records of Ringgold Co IA, online at Ancestry.com. There are also cemetery records online at Rootsweb for Ringgold Co IA, which include a photograph of the Frank L. BEDELL family monument at Bethel Cemetery, Grant Tp, Ringgold Co. It has inscriptions for several of his and Martha's children as well--the source for their death dates in this record.
Martha's inscription was never completed, leaving a question as to her life after Frank died. Did she remarry? Is she buried with him and marker just not finished?
This is all the information I have on THRIFT. Frank LaMont BEDELL was my great-grandmother's brother and I, too, am looking for Frank and Martha's descendants. If you have more info since 1999, I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.