|Maria Hammond Stivers
16 July 1851–16 February 1921
|On the morning of Feb. 16, 1921, occurred the death of Mrs. Maria Stivers at the home of her sister, Mrs. Fidelia (Jacob) Stingly, in Olin. Mrs. Stivers, nee Hammond, was born in Ogle County, Illinois, on July 16, 1851, and died Feb. 16, 1921, at the age of 69 years and 7 months.
When a young woman of 18 years she married to Mr. Enos Henry Stivers of Olin, Iowa, and from this union came four children to brighten the home and make happy the hearts of the parents. The presence in the home was for a brief time only. Edward Wright died at the age of 9 years; Haddie Eugene survived seven months; Leona Alice 9 days; and Stella May was spared to the parents for the short time of two years and two months.
Husband and wife were both converted during a revival meeting at Pleasant Valley conducted by the Rev. A. Bronson, in the winter of 1870-71. Mrs. Stivers with her husband, united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she had been a faithful and consistent member of fifty years. Her experience through life was that of most people, laboring hard to secure a home, caring for her little children, giving only as a mother can, when one after another of her darlings were laid away, bravely taking up the duties of life after each life. Some days of happiness and sunshine, many days of clouds and sorrow, yet all of these together were developing in her those beautiful graces of Christian womanhood which adorned her life, and made her the devoted wife and mother, the consistent Christian and sympathetic neighbor.
The crowning sorrow of her life came when a little more than nine years ago, she was called to lay in the grave her beloved husband, by whose side she had labored for the interests of the house for more than 40 years. Since that time she has kept her own home, but with the advancing years...
Three sisters are left to mourn the departure of the deceased—Mrs. Mary Streeter, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mrs. Ada Simmons; and Mrs. Fidelia Stingly, of Olin.
Submitted by: Charles R. Stivers
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