The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, June 21, 1906
LYDIA JANE WERTS was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, April 11, 1859. When she was five years old she came with her parents, MR. and MRS. J.J. WERTS, to Lucas County, Iowa. At the age of twelve she united with the Presbyterian Church, then just organizing in Russell, remaining a faithful member until her death. She was united in marriage to PHILIP A. ROCKEY on March 14, 1893. Two children were born to them, a daughter, MYRTLE, who survives, and GEO. WERTS, who died in 1895, at the age of eight months. About two years ago MRS. ROCKEY became ill and the trouble being in her lungs it was deemed wise to try a change of climate. With her husband and daughter and mother, she spent almost a year in travel through the south and west, returning home last September. Thus the last months of her life were spent among relatives and friends who ministered to her gladly. She never lived the Christian life more sweetly than when in greatest suffering, never complaining or growing discouraged, trying always to ask as little services of thise attending her as possible. Death came to relieve her at near 8 o'clock on the morning of June 14, 1906. She leaves besides her husband and daughter, a mother, six brothers and three sisters. To those who are nearest her she has left a memory that is of great comfort in sorrow. In her home she was always a gentle and most unselfish wife and mother and her influence spread abroad was such that she never knew an enemy.
Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church, Saturday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. J. McGaughey. Words fail to express one's sentiments in a case of this kind and they seem but a repetition of what has been said thousands of times before, for death always appears in many ways the same grim monster, but this aspect should not be so forbidding and terrifying when, as in this case, the one who succumbs is prepared to go and dies calm in the faith of the Savior.
The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of the entire community.