Mrs. Martha B. Spear

Martha Baldwin Spear, daughter of Nelson and Sarah Baldwin, was born in Medina township October 26, 1864. After two years of failing health she departed this life March 5, 1934, at the University Hospital at Ann Arbor, where she had been a patient for the last five weeks. She was aged 69 years. She received her early educational training in the public schools of Medina township and Morenci village. For a number of years she was a very successful teacher in the schools of Medina and Seneca townships. She was married to Estell E. Spear December 31, 1885. To this union six children were born. Rorick, who died in early childhood; Paul and Kenneth of New Mexico; Maurice of Medina township; Dorothy (Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti) and Margaret (Mrs. Roy [sic] Lyons of Adrian. Mr. and Mrs. Spear made their home on the farm in Medina township until 1918, when they moved to Morenci.

Mrs. Spear was a member of the Baptist church in Morenci and in this church she was a devoted and faithful worker as long as her health permitted. Doing good for others was uppermost in her mind, as well as living up to the Golden Rule. She met everyone cheerfully, with a kind and gracious voice, never complaining, never finding fault, ever tolerant of the shortcomings of others. The radiance of her Christian influence was felt by everyone with whom she came in contact. Many will remember her for her kindly acts and deeds of kindness, for she was always ready to help anyone at any time, making sacrifices, if necessary, to make someone else happier.

Besides the children, she leaves to mourn their loss 12 grandchildren, one brother, Earl Baldwin of Howell, nieces, nephews, cousins and a great may friends.

The funeral was held Wednesday at 2 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home, with the Rev. H.A. Essex officiating. Two piano selections were played by Mrs. Herbert Porter. The bearers were David Russ, William Goodyear, Amos Rupp, Orville Van Fossen, Charles and William Bauman. Those attending the funeral from away were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rogers and daughters Eleanor and Alice of Ypsilanti; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. George Bohlberg, Miss Susie Sims, Mrs. Clinton Kaiser, all of Adrian; Earl Baldwin, Roscoe Baldwin of Howell; Mr. and Mrs. Ned Baldwin of Tecumseh, Frank Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sullivan of Battle Creek, Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Bryant of Sand Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Stevens of Waldron, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pixley and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Pixley of Bronson.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 15, 1934.

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