Martha Jane Rorick

Martha Jane Rorick was born March 14, 1846, in Licking Co., Ohio, and died at Canton, Ills., February 26, 1923, at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 23 days.

Martha Jane Hammond was the daughter of Jane and Noah Hammond, pioneer settlers of New Jersey.  She was united in marriage to Dallas D. Rorick February 15, 1865.

She is survived by one daughter, J. Anna Rorick, of St. Paul, Minn.; one brother, W.B. Hammond, and sister, Emma G. Hammond, of Canton, Ills., and sister, Isadoria Mills, of Ohio.

For a term of years she was a consistent member of the Eng. Lutheran Church of Oxford Junction, Iowa.  She was faithful to her Lord and Master until the end.  Many of her friends and associations, of former days, have preceded her to the land beyond.  She was patient and gentle in the midst of all her suffering and often wished for the final call home.

The deceased was a resident of this city for many years, many of which were spent in connection with her sister in the operation of a small grocery store.  Many friends were made during her resident here, who were deeply grieved to learn of her passing.

The funeral services were held in the Eng. Lutheran Church, the Pastor, W.A. Wolgemuth, B.D., officiating.  The church choir rendered two beautiful selections, and interment was made in the beautiful cemetery beyond our town.

“Their shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”—Revelations 21:4.

Oh!  no I would not bring her back

To this poor, mean world below,

I know whose voice has called her home,

And I will let her go.

For many a storm of grief may rise

To cloud our homeward way,

But in her home so passing fair

All tears are wiped away.

Source:  Oxford Mirror, February 15, 1923.


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