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Martha A. Decker Wry
3 March 1842–16 March 1906
Martha A. Decker was born March 3, 1842, at Springfield, Ohio, and died at her home in Fairview, March 16, aged 64 years and 13 days. She came to Jones county in a very early day and has resided here since. She was married to Mr. A. Wry, March 18, 1859. To this union were born six children, one dying in infancy. Five grew to manhood and womanhood. Her oldest son Wilbur died Sept. 1, 1895, also a daughter, Mrs. Sadie Shefferd, who followed May 10, 1900. Four years ago her husband preceded her to the better land. There are left to mourn her loss, Mrs. Arthur Briggs, of Savanna, Illinois, James R. and Bertha, of Fairview, fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives and friends. She was converted in her earlier years but owing to homes cares she did not become a member of any church until last June, when she was baptized and taken into full membership at Fairview M.E. church. She was a kind and loving mother and neighbor.
Fairview, Mar. 20.-- At 4 pm last Friday, March 16, Mrs. A. Wry at the age of 64 years, quietly and peacefully passed away. Mrs. Wry had been sick for several weeks with dropsy; her advanced age and the nature of the disease told quickly upon her. Mrs. Wry was an old resident of this village and a pioneer settler of Iowa. All of her living children were present at the time of her death. The funeral service was held at the M. E. church, Rev. Keister officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Norwich cemetery, beside those of her husband. The services were largely attended by sympathizing friends, and a goodly number followed the remains to their last resting place. The pall bearers were H. Mundy, D. Wordan, T. Brown, A. C. Allen, N. A. Walker.

Submitted by: Barbara Schaefer
Note: Obituaries from newspaper clippings found in the Lavena Jane Wry Briggs family Bible. Lavena, Martha's daughter. Aswell D. Wry, Martha's husband.


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