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|Mary Catherine Richtstine Farnham
16 August 1843–13 October 1925
|Mary Catherine Richtstine was born in Butler County Ohio, August 16, 1843, and died at her home in Morley, Iowa, October 13, 1925.
She came with her parents to Iowa when 1 year old and settled in Linn County near the town of Marion. After the death of her father, her widowed mother settled on a farm in the neighborhood of Walnut Grove. Left fatherless when 7 years old and being next to the oldest child, she experienced the trials and privations of pioneer life.
She was married to Hiram Putnam Farnham of Andover, Mass., January 22, 1863, to which union were born six children, David A. who died in 1899 at the age of 35 years, James O. now residing near Morley, Myrtle E. now Mrs. H. D. Miller of Cedar Rapids, Mamie Ella who died at the age of 6 years, Barbara M. now Mrs. Sylvester Miller of Morley, and Esther A. now Mrs. D. J. Boots of Elk River, Minnesota.
The husband and father departed this life December 25, 1915 and since that time she has very courageously kept up the home alone and greatly enjoyed the company of the children and grandchildren and her many friends in her own home. It was a characteristic of her life that she was always giving her time and strength for the benefit of others and was never so happy as when so doing, being solicitous for the comfort of those who were with her even in her last conscious moments.
She, with her husband, united with the Methodist Episcopal church in their early-married life. For many years she was the teacher of the children's class in the Sunday School which work she continued till failing strength compelled her to give it up, although she never lost her interest and enjoyed attending the services when it was possible.
She leaves a brother, J. G. Richtstine of Buckingham; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Byerly Coffits of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Jane Tallman Long of Harlan, Iowa, two half brothers, J. W. Kramar of Redlands, California, who visited her just two weeks ago, D. A Kramar of Velva, N. Dakota, and one half sister Mrs. Etta Grauel of Avoca, Iowa.
Also 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren besides other relatives and numerous friends.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church in Morley, Thursday, October 15, 1925. Burial was in the Center cemetery. The pallbearers were W. E. Tallman, Stacy Miller, Cyrus Lamb, H. L. Smith, R. H. Domer and Clifford Mille.
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